Panerai can often get some flack for producing watches that are a bit too similar looking through their model lines, which can often make it hard for a “non-Paneristi” to actually distinguish between many of them. This year at SIHH, Panerai debuted four new Radiomir 1940 GMT watches (Hands-on with those here), but they also released another Radiomir 1940 watch that is actually a “first” for the brand. The Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio (PAM00655) watch is, as our David Bredan covered here, the first white dial Radiomir 1940 watch. It’s a great-looking piece that will have appeal to the Paneristi who wants something a little different in their collection, fans of white-dial watches, or people who just appreciate great design. It definitely appeals to the entire aBlogtoWatch team, as it made our Top 10 watches from SIHH 2016 list.
In the photos you see here, I’ve paired the watch with its OEM reddish brown strap and also a vintage-looking strap called the Caitlin 2 from Gunny. I believe both straps pair well with the watch.It goes without saying I enjoy this watch a lot. But I could see a couple of things going against it. Size and price. At 47mm, it’s a huge watch and this is very likely to put people off. Additionally, there are many times I find people asking on forums if it is too big for them to carry off.Personally, I think it’s not sufficient to just judge if a watch is too big on you dependent on the dimensions of your wrist. More importantly, an individual needs to have a look at the way in which the watch fits you as a complete and a lot of people are overlooking height as a variable. I’ve seen skinny but tall men carry this off opinion quite well. On the other hand, if you may enjoy the brand’s history and heritage, then you are going to find that there are few different models in Panerai’s line-up that ooze as much brand DNA since the PAM 372. It was just a week ago that we introduced you to the Luminor Marina 8 Days Acciaio, that features in on site movement that may hold more than a week of electricity. Here Panerai ups the ante with two extra days of power reserve plus a GMT complication at the same strong 44mm Luminor case. If you’re trying to find a combo of classic Panerai looks with some extra horological muscle, the more PAM 533 is worth a closer look.
Personally, I find the size of 42mm watches to be a sweet spot, and I’m really glad Panerai chose to bring the white dial to a watch as broadly appealing and wearable as this Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio. I also appreciate that it’s just under 11mm high on the wrist, giving it presence without being blocky. The familiar cushion-shaped case is complete with off-center small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and numeric indicators for the hours. Something I really love about some of their white-dialed watches is Panerai’s decision to use dots and numerical indicators for the 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 o’clock positions. Scanning the circumference of the dial almost makes it look like the 12, 3, and 6 o’clock indicators are popping out as if viewing from a magnifying glass. Fortunately, legibility on the dial is not affected by using the white dial and it’s easy to read.
Through the sapphire case back you’ll get a view of the in-house P.4000 movement, which operates at 28,800 vph (4 Hz). As the name suggests, the Panerai Luminor 1950 Bronze Replica Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio has a three-day power reserve, which will be the minimum power reserve on all forthcoming in-house movements by Panerai. As David noted when the watch was announced, this is a great minimum power reserve because you can leave your watch off for a weekend and come back with it still ticking. It’s an actual practical benefit to have this, so it would be sagacious for other brands to follow suit.
One reason why fans of Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days Gmt Acciaio Replica get hooked on the brand is due to the distinctive and unmistakable styling that’s shared by the Luminor and Radiomir lines, as well as the Luminor 1950 and Radiomir 1940 lines. The dark dial is definitely a part of the “Panerai look” and, as I mentioned before, I find it unlikely that someone will get this as their first Panerai. Rather, it’ll probably add to a collection. Then again, it could draw in buyers who were on the fence but prefer the white dial a lot more. This is when you know the design is successful; it’s familiar, yet unique to the brand’s aesthetic, but still has a wide appeal to the larger watch buying community.
The watch comes on an untreated leather strap with contrast stitching, which looks great and has a handsome quality to it. I really like that the stitching just about matches the brown/beige color of the hands and hour dots. Moving on to the case, the word acciaio is Italian for “steel,” which the watch case looks great in. On the crown you’ll find the signature “OP” logo which will be familiar to anyone who has a seen a Panerai. And, naturally, as Panerai used to make dive watches made for the Italian Navy, water resistance is a respectable 100 meters.
The Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio (PAM00655) is a great-looking white-dial watch that will likely please fans of the brand, and maybe even lure in a few new people to the brand. The asking price for the watch is an even $10,000, which is right in line with what you’d expect to pay. panerai.com