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Pre-SIHH 2017: Officine Panerai - Radiomir PAM685 and PAM687

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The heritage of Panerai is a rich source of inspiration for creating models with the charm of the past.

In the late 1930s, Panerai made a number of Radiomir watches with a special 12-sided bezel, engraved with the words "Officine Panerai Brevettato", an inscription which referred to the patented luminous substance Radiomir used on the dial.

Most probably, these watches were created not for use in military operations but for presenting them to the authorities of the Royal Italian Navy as new instruments to be adopted for underwater missions.

The new Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio models - PAM685 and PAM687 -  are two Special Editions from the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, which for the first time reproduce all the characteristics of these vintage watches.



The first vintage detail of the new Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio watches is the 12-sided bezel in brushed steel, with smoothed, polished angles and the same engraving as the historic models, using the lettering of the time.


The bezel is screwed onto the classic cushion caseband of the Radiomir and, together with the screwed back forming the rear part of the case, like the historic watches it has an elegant symmetrical construction divided into three parts, clearly visible when looking at the case in profile.


The case is made of stainless steel (AISI 316L) 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.

Protected by a Plexiglas crystal, the dial is very simple with the classic sandwich structure designed to maximise the legibility of the large figures and markers and it is available in black (PAM00685), like the original, or in shaded brown (PAM00687), a new colour created by Panerai to reproduce the lightening effect which the Radiomir substance had on the original black dials.



The sapphire crystal case back showcases the P.3000 hand-wound mechanical movement with its large, brushed finish bridges covering the greater part of the wheelwork, a large balance wheel 13.2 mm in diameter and two spring barrels offering a power reserve of three days.


This in-house movement features a device for quickly changing the time, enabling the hour hand to be moved backwards or forwards in jumps of one hour, without interfering with the movement of the minute hand or the running of the watch.


Both the new Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio models are water resistant to 30 meters. The wooden box includes a second Plexiglas® crystal, the certificate personalised with the serial number of the Edition, and a rare publication describing the military equipment of the special forces of the Royal Italian Navy, also describing Panerai watches and instruments. Prices will be announced at SIHH 2017 (Geneva, January 16-20, 2017). panerai.com

The original Ref. 3646 Type A - 1930s

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