In order to produce extraordinary underwater watches for the Royal Italian Navy, Officine Panerai raised accuracy, water-resistance and legibility to a highest level. In 1938, Swiss technology once again had reached high military requirements and a new prototype – Panerai Radiomir, became official wrist watch of Commandos and Gamma forces. Italian watchmaker has recalled the famous past with new Radiomir PAM 00210 and PAM 00231 timepieces.
First several years after Panerai Radiomir watches had been invented, special Italian troupes have used them in some of the most demanding military operations. With the end of The Second World War, watches from this limited edition have become a must-have rarities among collectors from all over the world.
The Panerai Historic Collection has been supplemented with the Luminor Base and Luminor Marina editions, and more than a 50 years latter, Officine Panerai re-issued Radiomir watches. A new productions started in small series, with an important progress in quality, new cases and solutions for improving water-resistance, but basic concept and traditional aesthetic impact weren’t altered.
Today, along with the basic model, the Radiomir range includes the Radiomir 45 mm Black Seal, the Radiomir 8 Days, the Radiomir GMT, the Radiomir Regatta 1/8th Second Titanio – 47 mm, the Radiomir 8 Days Ceramica and other models.
As a result of brand’s determination to offer reliable watches for all kind of extreme situations, Panerai Radiomir case, made of polished steel (PAM 00210) or 18 ct pink gold (PAM 00231) , guaranties water resistance to 10 bar (~100 metres). Its 45 mm case, also includes brand’s patented, removable wire loop strap-attachments and Panerai’s personalized, screw-down winding crown.
Behind the 1.9 mm thick sapphire glass, with anti-reflective coating, there is a black dial with hour markers and big Arabic numerals coated with luminous material (internally called “Radiomir”).
Panerai OP X caliber, with swan’s neck regulator, 16½ lignes and 17 jewels, is resistant to mechanical shocks and has a power reserve of 56 hours – impressive for hand-wound watches. Perfect movements of mechanism can be seen trough sapphire crystal back-case.
Watch comes with the Panerai personalized leather strap and large-size polished steel buckle (for the steel version) or the Panerai personalized alligator strap and 18 ct pink gold buckle (for the gold version).
In any case, with or without some esthetic and technological modifications, Panerai Radiomir represents a highest achievements in production of sport watches, preserving its robustness, water-resistance and the supreme legibility.