Apart from the motion, the case shape, which sandwich dial, another signature element of this Luminor household of watches is that lever-operated safety system for dogging down the crown. This system is simple, robust, and smart. The curved shoulder lever includes a small roller on the end of it that, if you lock it down, then presses on the wafer-shaped crown against a gasket from the crown tube, sealing the eye. It is more complicated than a screw-down crown, but it features an extremely positive system for ensuring water remains out of the situation and it’s a great alternative to the somewhat fiddly sense of a screwed-down crown (and there is no probability of cross-threading either, as occasionally occurs with watches whose crowns are screwed into place). Another big advantage of this locking lever is it is just plain fun to play, and although to do this too much is kind of against the soul of the watch (the whole point of an eight day movement was to reduce to a minimum the period of time the crown is in an unlocked place) at the exact same time you will probably find the urge to play it irresistible.Despite the dimensions, this is one of those easiest-to-wear watches I have ever had on. Thanks to the thick but still pliable strap, which tapers in thickness in the lugs to the tip, it feels really secure and it’s a pleasure to get on. The best thing about it, aside from the opportunity to play with the locking lever, is the dial; this thing glows like a crop moon.This is a tiny personal note; my first memory of a watch was my Dad’s Benrus, glowing like mad in 1968, therefore any watch that lights up at the night that the way PAM 560 does is fine by me. The motion is a far better piece of work than that I gave it credit for originally. It is fair, it appears bulletproof and it’s a ton of really pleasant chronometric characteristics difficult to find at this cost, and if you would like something with the total amount of style the PAM 560 has this also has a totally free balance and 8 days of gasoline in the tank it has a really small list. I am a late convert to the Panerai Watches Luminor Price Replica faithful and I am not saying there are other watches out there for this price point that do not offer you a great value too — 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 Watches Copy Replica 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.