Panerai introduced new versions of its entry-level “Logo” models, the Luminor Base and Luminor Marina, earlier this year, equipping both for the first time with a new in-house movement. Now the brand rounds out its starter-model collection with similar versions of the very first Panerai wristwatch, the Radiomir. Here’s what you need to know about the Radiomir Logo 3 Days Acciaio and Radiomir Black Seal Logo 3 Days Acciaio.
Like their predecessors, which debuted at SIHH 2018, the Radiomir Logo models are powered by the all-new, hand-wound Caliber P.6000, created entirely in Panerai’s manufacture in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The notable technical improvements over the outsourced movements that preceded them in these models include a three-day (72-hour) power reserve compared to their predecessors’ 56-hour reserve, a balance securely fixed by a twin-supported bridge, and a device that stops said balance, and hence the running seconds, when the crown is pulled out. Both watches feature the classic Radiomir cushion-shaped case with the slender wire-style looped strap attachments that resemble those on the earliest Radiomir watches, which were worn by Italian naval commandos in the 1930s and ’40s. The cases measure 45 mm in diameter and are made of polished 316L stainless steel (“acciaio” in Italian).
The black dials are enhanced with the large, rounded Arabic numerals characteristic of Panerai, lightly engraved to hold the luminous material that coats them and enables easy reading of the time in the dark. The hands are also coated with the luminous substance, which is cream-colored to evoke an aged, “vintage” look. On both the two-handed Logo model and the Black Seal, which adds a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, the “OP” (for Officine Panerai) logo, which gives these models their nickname, resides at 6 o’clock, its up- and down-pointing arrows representing the deep sea and the sky, two frontiers explored by the Radiomir’s earliest military wearers.
The 100-meter water-resistant cases are sealed by a solid steel caseback engraved with “Firenze 1860,” a reference to the date of the company’s founding in Florence. Both Radiomir Logo watches are mounted on leather straps (brown for the two-hand, black for the Black Seal) with contrasting beige stitching and a trapezoidal steel buckle. As it did for the Luminor Logo models, Panerai has priced these newcomers with the entry-level consumer in mind: the Radiomir Logo 3 Days Acciaio – 45mm (Ref. PAM00753) comes in at 3,900 euros (about $4,560) and the Radiomir Black Seal Logo 3 Days Acciaio – 45mm (Ref. PAM00754) will cost you 4,200 euros (about $4,911).