Two new special editions of the Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio – 47mm reiterate Panerai’s role as a supplier of military instruments to the 1930s Italian Navy. Each pays special attention to the dial and bezel shape of an historic Panerai timekeeper presented to the authorities of the Royal Italian Navy, which was evaluating new instruments for underwater missions.
The two new watches will debut at the upcoming SIHH in Geneva starting January 16. One offers a black dial and the other features a shaded brown dial that pays direct homage to the vintage watch. Another notable detail that underscores the watch’s vintage design is the twelve-sided bezel in brushed steel with smoothed, polished angles and the same engraving and lettering as the historic models. The bezel is screwed onto the Radiomir cushion caseband and, together with the screwed back, forms the rear part of the case. Also echoing the vintage design, these new pieces are made of three case parts, each clearly visible when looking at the case in profile.
Each of the Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio cases is engraved with the words "Officine Panerai-Brevettato,” which refers to the luminous substance used on the dials. Each piece has a hand-wound, Panerai P.3000 mechanical movement visible through a clear sapphire crystal. The dial is available in black (PAM00685), the color of the vintage model, or in shaded brown (PAM00687), a completely new color for Panerai that is meant to evoke the lightening effect the Radiomir (the luminous substance based on radium) had on the original black dials. Both the new Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio models are water resistant to a depth of about 30 meters. Price: $9,800.
About Officine Panerai
Founded in Florence in 1860 by watchmaker Giovanni Panerai, Panerai expresses values of passion, technical excellence and exclusive design through its watches. Highly specialized since the 19th Century, Panerai supplied measurement and precision instruments to the Italian Navy. Since then, Panerai has become known as a fine watchmaker and international brand in the 21st century, with deep-rooted links to the world of the sea and the heritage of the brand.