Aside from the motion, the situation silhouette, and that sandwich dial, the other signature element of this Luminor family of watches is that lever-operated security system for dogging down the crown. The curved locking lever has a small roller on the end of the which, if you lock it down, then presses the wafer-shaped crown against a gasket from the crown tube, sealing the watch. It is more elaborate than the usual screw-down crown, but it offers a very positive method for ensuring water stays out of the situation and it’s a great alternative to the slightly fiddly sense of a screwed-down crown (and there’s no probability of cross-threading either, as occasionally happens with watches whose crowns are screwed into position). The other big advantage of the locking lever is it’s just plain fun to play with, and although to do this too much is sort of against the soul of this watch (the whole point of the eight day movement was supposed to reduce to a minimum the amount of time the crown is in an unlocked position) in precisely the exact same time you will likely find the urge to play it irresistible.Despite the size, this is one of the easiest-to-wear watches I’ve ever had on. Thanks to this thick but still pliable strap, which tapers in thickness in the lugs into the trick, it seems really secure and it is a joy to have on. The best thing about it, aside from the chance to play with the locking lever, is your dial; this thing glows like a harvest moon.This is a tiny personal note; my very first memory of a watch was my Dad’s Benrus, shining like crazy in 1968, therefore any watch that lights up the night that the way PAM 560 does is fine by me. The movement is a much better piece of work than I gave it credit for originally. It’s honest, it appears bulletproof and it’s plenty of really nice chronometric characteristics hard to see this price, and if you want something with the amount of style the PAM 560 has that also includes a free sprung balance and 8 times of gasoline at the tank it has a very small list. I’m a late convert to the Panerai Watches For Sale Replica loyal and I am not saying that there are not other watches out there with this price point that do not offer you a wonderful value as well — but then again, they are not Panerais.
Panerai‘s history in watchmaking essentially boils down to two models: the wire-lug Radiomir of the thirties and the later Luminor with its signature crown locking mechanism that came in the subsequent decade. But in between the two was a transitional model, essentially a Luminor without the crown locking device. That timepiece is the basis for the whole Radiomir 1940 collection, including the brand new Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare 3 Days Acciaio PAM00587.
Modelled on the Radiomir reference 6152/1, the Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare is feels just like a Luminor 1950 PAM372 with the crown lock mechanism removed. It looks and feels historically correct, right down to the “double pencil” gilt hands.
“Marina Militare” is a phrase that excites many a Panerai enthusiast as several times in the past Panerai stated, without exceptions, that the phrase would no longer be used on its timepieces as it belonged to the Italian Navy. But “Marina Militare” inexplicably makes its way to the dial here.
As with most of Panerai’s vintage-remake limited editions, the text is engraved and filled with lacquer. And the dial has a sandwich construction, consisting of a lower dial plate covered with luminous material and an upper plate with cutouts for the hour markers.
The case is polished steel and 47 mm in diameter, a high, domed Plexiglas crystal. Though it appears to be a simple form at first glance, the case is carefully shaped, especially in the lugs and flanks. It is obviously made in two steps, first by stamping out the rough form, and then milled to get the details.
Visible on the back is the P.3000 movement. Though finished simply and mechanically the P.3000 has features that point towards stable, accurate timekeeping, including twin barrels and a large, free-sprung balance wheel.
Notably the Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare features a newly developed leather strap that has the OP logo stamped on both ends of the strap – it looks silly but fortunately Panerai straps are a breeze to swap with thousands of options available.
The Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare is a special edition of 1000 numbered pieces with a price of US$10,100. Panerai typically has a habit of making new editions based on successful, ostensibly limited models, and it remains to be seen if this Radiomir 1940 will be a one-off.