Only a few days to SIHH 2017, Panerai released another novelty. The new collection tributes to the brand’s late 1930s’ models with the unique screw type 12 sided bezel design.
In the late 1930s, Panerai made a number of Radiomir watches with a special 12-sided bezel, engraved with the words “OFFICINE PANERAI – BREVETTATO”. This inscription referred to the patented luminous substance Radiomir used on the dial, and it suggests that the watches were used not for military operations but for presenting to the authorities of the Royal Italian Navy, which was evaluating new instruments for underwater missions. The new Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio timepieces are two Special Editions from the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, limited to 1000 pieces only per model, which give collectors the opportunity to appreciate a fascinating chapter in the Panerai story with their vintage details.
The first vintage detail of the new Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio watches is the 12-sided bezel in brushed steel, with polished angles and the same engraving as the historic models, using the lettering of the time. The bezel is screwed onto the classic cushion case of the Radiomir and together with the screwed caseback, it has an elegant symmetrical construction divided into three parts. The case is made of stainless steel and it is the same classic size as that of vintage Panerai watches, 47 mm in diameter. The wire loop strap attachments are removable, making it easy to replace the tough strap of untreated brown leather, finished with ecru sewing and closed by a large buckle with a single prong.
Another fascinating element inspired by the historic models is the dial. Remarkably simple and minimalist, with the sandwich structure which maximizes the legibility of the large figures and markers, the dial is available in black (PAM00685), the colour of the vintage model, or in shaded brown (PAM00687), a completely new colour in the Panerai collections, which evokes the lightening effect which the Radiomir, the luminous substance based on radium, had on the original black dials.
On the back of the case, a sapphire window reveals the P.3000 hand-wound mechanical movement, completely created in the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. The movement features brushed finish bridges covering the greater part of the wheelwork, a large balance wheel and two spring barrels, which provide a power reserve of three days. The P.3000 movement also has the device for quickly changing the time, enabling the hour hand to be moved backwards or forwards in one hour intervals, without actually stopping the watch.
Both the new Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio models are water resistant to 30 meters. Inside the elegant wooden box in which the watch is presented is a second Plexiglas® crystal, the certificate personalized with the serial number of the edition, and a rare publication describing the military equipment of the special forces of the Royal Italian Navy, in which Panerai watches and instruments appear. The MSRP is 9500,00 EUR.