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Officine Panerai - Radiomir 1940 3 Days 42mm PAM00574 and PAM00575

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The Radiomir 1940 - the transition model between the traditional cushion case of the first Radiomir (1936) into the imposing Luminor 1950 case - will be the main focus of the new Panerai collection presented at the Watches & Wonders 2015, the main Asian exhibition of high-end watches, taking place in Hong Kong from 30 September to 3 October 2015.

The new Radiomir 1940 3 Days 42mm Acciaio (Steel) PAM00574 and Radiomir 1940 3 Days 42mm Oro Rosso (Red Gold) PAM00575 are characterised by two main novelties: the calibre P.1000, a new hand-wound movement with a power reserve of three days entirely made in the Panerai manufacture in Neuchatel, and the light green Super-LumiNova used in the dial for markers and hands.

The new calibre, visible through the sapphire crystal case back, appears very robust with a large brush-finished bridge covering the major part of the wheelwork and a bridge with two supports firmly holding the balance, which oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour).

The new Radiomir 1940 3 Days 42mm also features a system for stopping the balance which operates in conjunction with the device for zeroing the seconds hand: when the winding crown is pulled out, the balance wheel stops and the seconds hand at 9 o’clock jumps to zero, making very easy to synchronise it with the reference time signal.

The case is 42 mm in diameter and is water-resistant to 10 bar (a depth of about 100 metres) in the polished AISI 316L stainless steel version and to 5 bar (about 50 metres) in the gold version.

The high percentage of copper contributes to the warm tone of the red gold alloy which also includes a small amount of platinum to prevent oxidation.

The dial is very typical with its sandwich structure (two superimposed discs contain the luminous substance which shines through the holes in the upper one) except for the unusual light green of the Super-LumiNova, a feature which is particularly evident in the steel version thanks the the combination with an alligator strap crafted in a matching pale green.

The Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days PAM574 in stainless steel has a price of Euro 7,400 while the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days PAM575 in red gold is Euro 17,600.

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