Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica – 48 mm

Panerai’s latest version of its Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica, this week’s Watch to Watch, blends history and modernity — with a contemporary, matte-black ceramic case and a minimalist dial inspired by the brand’s history as a supplier of timepieces to the Royal Italian Navy.

The material used in the case of the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica is synthesized from Zirconium Oxide. This type of ceramic scores higher than the more commonly used steel in areas such as hardness, lightness, and resistance to scratches, corrosive elements and high temperatures. The case measures a generous 48 mm in diameter and boasts a water resistance of 100 meters — as most would hope for and expect in a watch whose historical predecessor was made for military divers.

Panerai PAM577 - front

The black dial is constructed in Panerai’s hallmark “sandwich” style, comprised of two superimposed plates with a layer of luminous material between them, a design the company started using way back in the late 1930s. The hours are marked by simple bar and dot indices, all coated (along with the hour and minute hands) with an ecru-colored Super-LumiNova that gives them a somewhat martial-looking “khaki” glow in low light (or deep water). The dial’s other highlight is a subtle relief image of the Silura a Lenta Corsa (“human torpedo”), a reference to the 1930s Italian naval commandos that wore the early Panerai watches on their missions.

Panerai PAM577 - angle
Panerai PAM577 - side

The watch is powered by an in-house movement, Panerai’s manual-wind P.3000, which an be ogled through a large polished sapphire window in the caseback, which is made of titanium. The movement measures a stately 161⁄2 lignes, or about 37.22 mm – a size that is not only true to the Panerai watches of old but also a perfect fit for the large case. Among its attributes and flourishes are wide, brush-finished bridges covering the greater part of the wheelwork, an uncommonly large balance wheel (13.2 mm in diameter), and two spring barrels that store a power reserve of three days. The P.3000 movement is also equipped device for rapidly adjusting the time, which enables the hour hand to move in jumps of one hour forward or backward, without interfering with the minute hand.

Panerai PAM577 - back

The Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica (Reference PAM00577, for all you Paneristi out there) comes on a strap of brown, untreated leather, with hand-sewn contrast stitching, and fastened by a trapezoidal buckle, which, like the caseback, is made of non-allergenic titanium with DLC (diamond- like carbon) coating that matches the hue of the case. Its retail price is $11,200.

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  1. I am shocked by the TERRIBLE SERVICE provided by Panerai.

    I am located in Toronto and gave my Panerai watch for maintenance on March 13 – the watch was running slightly behind the time. I was charged about $1300 just to maintain it, they also replaced the crystal of the watch and some other parts, that they didn’t disclose.

    I received my watch back in 2 months, mid of May. The maintenance was supposed to take care of all the watch. I tried to attach the strap and discovered that the spring bar holder is stuck in release position all the time and I can’t attach the strap.

    I brought the watch to the service center on the next day after I received it from maintenance. I was told the spring bar holder is easy to fix and they took the watch. In about 10 days they called me back and said that they can’t fix it in Canada and need to send it to Switzerland and I have to pay another $120. Unwillingly, I agreed.

    They called me again on June 27th (1.5 months later!!!) to say that Swiss Panerai technicians checked my watch and:

    “the case of the watch is damaged from the outside and thus requires the replacement of the case to ensure the security of the watch. Any work on the outsides parts of the watch is not covered under warranty. The case will be replaced (exchange basis only) with a new dial and hands. They will go over the insides of the watch to ensure the good working condition of the movement at no charge as that is covered under your warranty from the previous repair. The cost of this repair with be $2,856.00 + taxes.”

    The watch was all working before I gave it to the service in March. Replacing so many parts just to fix the spring bar holder makes no sense!!!
    The total cost I have to pay will be more than $4,000, which is close to the cost of the new watch. I didn’t see my watch almost 4 months.

    I really hope someone can help me to resolve this insane case.

    Repair number is: #11260779


  2. To freaking large! This craze for large watches sucks. Not everyone on the planet has wrist sizes of
    Arnold Schwarzenegger. Panerai including other watch makers need to make watches in the 39 to 40mm like Rolex and a few others do. I don’t want wear a kitchen alarm clock on my wrist.

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