The Panerai Radiomir 1940 Making Its Resurgence

Panerai Radiomir 1940 - PAM399

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If there’s one watch that has completely polarized opinions among the Swiss watch connoisseurs, it is the Panerai Radiomir 1940.  When it was first unveiled, there was a side that completely fell for it and there is another camp that kept their distance.  It was both praised incessantly and criticized.  Some voiced their astonishment at the brand’s innovative vision, creativity, and design implementation.  On the other hand though, the critics were skeptical about the big size and design of the watch.  These happened several decades ago.  Now, the Panerai Radiomir 1940 is making its resurgence.

Panerai Radiomir 1940 - PAM00399

Panerai Radiomir 1940, a.k.a. Pam 399

The 2012 edition of the watch is getting a lot of people excited.  With the company’s new range of models (in-demand limited edition watches), there is plenty to feed the buzz.  The Radiomir 1940 is available in both rose gold and stainless steel. One of the most distinctive features of the Panerai Radiomir when it was launched in the 1940’s is that the strap attachments were not welded into the case; instead, it was made from the same block of material as the casing.  This is a great accomplishment at the time and this also resulted to greater watch durability.  Everyone who had the Panerai Radiomir 1940 on their hands was proud to wear it.

Since many fans would want the important elements of the original to be found in its remake, Panerai doesn’t disappoint.  The size, for example, measures 47mm in diameter.  The timepiece also has cambered, round bezel and is protected by plexiglass crystal instead of sapphire crystal.  There are two versions of the Panerai Radiomir 1940 that are available.  They are distinguished by the dial color.

The stainless steel watch with black dial is powered by the PAM00399 calibre while the other model is made or rose gold has a very attractive brown dial.  The latter is powered by the PAM00389 calibre; this model is also called the Radiomir 1940 Oro Rosso watch.  The rose gold pieces are eye-catching.  But for those that prefer the discreet and understated appeal of stainless steel and black dial can choose the former. If you are interested in either model, it’s important to take note that they are produced in limited editions.  There are only 100 units of this watch; each model is available in 50 pieces only.  There is no doubting that the original Radiomir 1940 has set the standard for all major watchmakers. Its latest manifestation is certainly worth having as are any of the Panerai Radiomir watches found in this wonderful collection.

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Comments

  1. I do not know quite what to make of this wrist watch. On the one hand, it does look like a real quality time piece, but for me, the only thing that seems bland to me is the band. I guess it’s a bland band. It is just a personal preference. I happen to like bands that include links made of the same or similar looking material as the face of the time piece itself.

  2. Terrence says:

    I will say this: The photography is very special and elegant – especially the photo at the very top of this article which shows the winding knob of the watch. The lighting is perfectly coordinated to accentuate the chrome or silver of the face of this time piece. But when you zoom out and see a regular, less stylized picture, I see a more regular looking watch.

  3. I agree with Gary on this one the band is rather blah. I also like the band to blend well with the face of the watch so having a metal band would probably make this watch even more attractive. I noticed that you were scared to put the price of these watches in the article. I don’t blame you, if there were only 100 made they have to be pretty darn expensive.

  4. I think this is a very attractive watch especially for a business man that wears a suit all the t I me. However I do have to agree with the others that it would be even better looking if it had a metal band on it. Especially the stainless steel one, the other one would look good with the brown leather band.

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