For the upcoming SIHH 2017 show, Panerai has prepared a new timekeeper with a pronounced vintage appearance. New Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio Brevettato is heavily influenced by the original Radiomir. For example, it has the distinctive 12-sided bezel with the engraving that states “Brevettato”. Moreover, there are vintage styled wire-shaped lugs, as well as the additional option for crystal in Plexiglas. The watch is fitted inside a steel housing and it is equipped with an in-house P.3000 hand-wound movement that offers only central hour and minute displays. Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio Brevettato will be available with two sandwich-styled dial options: the classic black one (for the PAM 685 version) and with a new type of tropical brown face (for the PAM 687 variant). Each of these options will come with the price tag of 9,800.
Dedicated Paneristi will be glad to know that the collection of watches of the brand with the Italian heritage will soon include a model which is pretty faithful to the original look of the timepiece that was made for the divers of the Italian navy. One of the first traits of this sort which is immediately notable is the presence of the recognizable fixed 12-sided bezel. It bears two engravings on it that state “Officine Panerai” and “Brevettato”. The latter among the pair means “Patented” in Italian and it was also found on the original prototype model which was made for the Italian navy in the 1930s. The bezel of the same form is also found on the rear side of the case and it surrounds the transparent window that allows the look on the watch’s supported movement. The purist aficionados of the brand will be happy to learn that the vintage spirit of the piece will be additionally raised with the inclusion of a Plexiglas crystal which was present in the original. Those who value functionality over nostalgia, on the other hand, will be pleased that there is also an option to switch this scratch-susceptible crystal with a more durable sapphire option.
Just like the original, the new model is 47 mm wide. Its water resistance is 30 meters, which is far from impressive by modern standards, but it is also in accordance with the overall revival theme of the piece. Another trait of the same kind is the presence of the wire lugs that connect the steel housing with its leather strap.
Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio Brevettato which is scheduled to be debuted at the start of the next year is made with a sandwich-type dial, which means that its indications are actually cut-out sections on the upper plane that reveal the lower part of the “sandwich”. The dial includes four large Arabic numerals at the cardinal points and hour markers on the rest of the positions. Its supported colors are classic black and a new shade named tropical brown which imitates the patinated face of the archetype model.
The watch is supplied with an in-house Caliber P.3000 that only tells hours and minutes. The manually wound movement has the power reserve that lasts for three days.