Inspired by very rare Radiomir models from the late 1930s, Officine Panerai created two new Special Editions: the Radiomir Platino 47mm (PAM00521) and the Radiomir Oro Rosso 47mm (PAM00522). While the case comes in the well known historic shape that has remained unchanged through decades, an unusual 12-sided bezel brings a distinctive and very interesting look that has appeared just a few times in the history of the renowned watchmaker. This subtle, but immediately discernible change will surely be appreciated by most of the brand’s fans who like to see new reinterpretations of the Panerai’s history.
In late 1930s, the brand’s manufactory in Florence made just few examples of a Radiomir with a distinctive 12-sided bezel that featured the inscription “Officine Panerai – Brevettato”. They were examples of new technology presented to the Italian military authorities who were testing new instruments. By the way, “Brevettato” is the Italian word for “patented” which was used to mark the use of Panerai’s patent – a luminous material called Radiomir by which the entire line of watches later got its name.
A robust, 47 mm case brings back the authentic three-piece structure, with the bezel and the case-back screwed directly to the case-middle. Either platinum or red gold, the case is nicely polished, while the bezel makes a beautiful contrast with its satin-finishes.
Other features that recall the historical model are a spherical winding crown and tiny wire loop strap attachments. Just like Officine Panerai – Brevettato, new watches have water-resistance of up to 50 meters. Finally, both sides of the case are covered by Plexiglas crystal. At the edge of the case-back, you can notice the inscription “Brevettato”.
A brown dial features large and highly legible hour markers and Arabic numerals. At the 9 o’clock position, there is a small seconds sub-dial. The case-back is transparent and reveals an exclusive Panerai OP XXVII caliber, based on a Minerva 16-17, a hand-winding mechanism from the manufacturer that had a long-lasting collaboration with Panerai. The movement has the low frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour and provides about 55 hours of power-reserve.
Both Radiomir Platino 47mm (PAM00521) and the Radiomir Oro Rosso 47mm (PAM00522) come in the limited series of 100 pieces. Each version is available with an elegant brown alligator strap with a folding clasp, made either of white or red gold.