New Panerai Radiomir 1940 Editions Revive Historical Pendulum Clock Dials

As avid Paneristi are aware, today’s powerhouse Panerai watch brand had its humble beginnings in a retail watch store in Florence, founded by the Panerai family in 1860. As inspiration for the latest version of its Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio – 47mm, the company reached back to that historical early era, in which the family-owned Orologerie Suizzera (precursor to the modern Officine Panerai) sold not only wristwatches and pocketwatches but also table clocks and pendulum clocks. It is a particular example of this last item that provided the template for the Art Deco dials of the two new models.

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Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio with black dial (PAM00790)

The dial of a pendulum clock displayed on the first floor of Panerai’s Florentine shop on the Piazza San Giovanni is re-created in two distinct dial versions, both in 47-mm cases made of polished stainless steel — ivory (Ref. PAM00791) and black (PAM00790). Both retro-look dials are notable for their large, Art Deco hour numerals; peripheral railway minute track track and additional interior ring; and lacquered, spear-shaped hour and minute hands, a style used for the first time on a Panerai timepiece.

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Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio – 47mm with black dial (PAM00790)

The cushion-shaped Radiomir 1940 case, now a mainstay of Panerai’s collection, is exceptionally corrosion-resistant and resists water pressures down to 100 meters — a feature calling to mind the Radiomir’s watch’s origins as a military timepiece for the Royal Italian Navy’s elite combat divers. Inside the case and on display through the clear sapphire caseback is the in-house-made movement, the manual-winding P.3000, which boasts a three-day power reserve held in twp mainspring barrels. Mechanical details in full view include the three brushed-finish bridges protecting the movement’s interior parts, and a large 3-Hz balance held firmly by a bridge with twin supports. Caliber P.3000 is also equipped with a quick-adjustment function that allows the user to move the hour hand independently forward or backward without affecting the minute hand or the continuous running of the watch.

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Panerai’s P.3000 caliber is visible through the caseback.

The new, vintage-clock-inspired Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio watches have historically inspired, period-appropriate Plexiglas crystals, slightly domed, over their dials. They are mounted on a sturdy, natural leather strap with beige contrast stitching and an impressed “OP” (Officine Panerai) logo. The price for both special editions is $9,200. What do you think of Panerai’s latest ticking tributes to its pre-military Florentine history? Let us know in the comments below.

Panerai Radiomir 1940 PAM791 - reclining
Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio – 47mm with ivory dial (PAM00791)
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  1. Mr. Michael Katz

    Fantastic look with Panerai quality could’ve been a winner. But I guess Italy didn’t get the memo… 47mm is so yesterday!!

  2. Sylvio Bertoli

    47mm is too big but the style is nice. Hope Richemont will find a way to restore the confidence of the buyers on his brands. IWC and Panerai lost a lot of ground due to the numerous mistakes and lack of proper care and attention to quality and customers satisfaction.

  3. Geert Hesselberg (von Schleiher)

    I am not a Panerai fan , but I like it simplicity and I notice it did not have a snap on Bock as do some models

  4. That is the most beautiful dial. I would enjoy seeing an unlimited production with a smaller case size.

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