Many watch brands have their communities of diehard fans, but few can match the intense devotion of the Paneristi, the group of Panerai watch enthusiasts that have met regularly for 13 years on the independent, online forum www.paneristi.com to share their passion for the brand. Panerai has rewarded its most loyal supporters with a limited-edition watch in their honor.
The watch, called the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days – 47mm “Paneristi Forever” and tagged with reference PAM00532 (Paneristi are big on referring to the watches by PAM numbers), sports a Radiomir 1940 case made of DLC-coated steel. The case is the same type as the transitional one between the original Radiomir and Luminor cases, and its large 47-mm diameter is identical to that of the very first Panerai prototype from 1936. The matte black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) case is a first for a Panerai Radiomir 1940 watch.
The minimalist black dial uses Panerai’s hallmark “sandwich” construction and features a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock. Above the 6 o’clock position is a visual nod to Panerai’s history as a supplier of instruments for Italian naval commandos: a relief image of a Siluro a Lenta Corsa, the “human torpedo” on which the commandos carried out underwater missions while wearing Panerai products on their wrists. (Click on watch photos for larger images.)
The watch devoted to the Paneristi contains Panerai’s Caliber P.3000, a hand-wound movement designed and built in the Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The movement boasts a three-day power reserve, owing to two spring barrels connected in series and an unusually large balance wheel (13.2 mm in diameter), which oscillates at a frequency of 21,600 vph. It also has a device that enables the hour to be adjusted without interfering with the running of the minute and seconds hands.
The case of the Radiomir 1940 3 Days – 47mm “Paneristi Forever” is water-resistant to 100 meters, and has a screwed, solid steel caseback engraved with “Paneristi Forever” The watch is delivered on a strap made of natural, untreated leather, with a trapezoidal steel buckle that is also treated with matte black coating.
Competition to acquire one of these watches (price: $12,600) is likely to be fierce: according to Panerai, the Paneristi online community has grown to encompass many thousands of Panerai aficionados from all around the world, and this special-edition watch is limited to only 500 pieces.
This article was originally published on October 3, 2013, and has been updated.