This week at Watches & Wonders, Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand Year Of The Goat Replica has announced a considerable update to their Radiomir 1940 line-up. Alongside new 42 mm models featuring 3 Day movements, the brand has also launched the brand new Panerai 1940 10 Days GMT Automatic Oro Rosso. Featuring a sort of greatest hits of Panerai styling, this new 1940 offers the classy appeal of a Radiomir mixed with the confident presence of the Luminor and a healthy injection of useful complications.
With a 45 mm red gold case and your choice of either a brown (PAM624) or black (PAM625) “sun brushed” dial, the 1940 10 Days GMT looks stunning. The 1940 case is really a mix of the Radiomir and Luminor cases and it offers a masculine, but classic, appeal that works well even in larger proportions and various case metals.
Like many Panerai watches, the PAM 321 is quite large at 44mm and stays high at 19mm. It is not for smaller men though I’ve seen many pictures on the Paneristi forum of what appears to be smaller guys and even girls wearing 44mm and even larger Panerai versions… For me personally, in my almost 7 1/2 inch wrist, the 44mm case seats perfectly as the lugs are curved down without overpowering my wrist. This is the end result of the sandwich dial construction in which the hour mark and the 12, 6, and 9 hour marks are full of Panerai luminescent that simply shines with a small bit of charge. Historically, Panerai has had different innovations in that area, including utilizing radium-based luminescent, which was replaced by the non-radioactive luminor material which gives the series its moniker. The legibility is indeed good that simply using it during the day, you will find all night legibility… so it is the ideal watch to sit down on your night table. Aiding in that legibility is a well domed sapphire crystal on top of the grandfather clock-like easy dial with the Panerai unique font that can be read from a distance.Using the added tools (strap change plus flat screwdriver) I will quickly change to the supplied black rubber strap. While not a real diver (no rotating bezel, though it is 300m water resistant) I had no issues with it at the pool and at the shore where I used it, to the dismay of my younger brother Laurent, as my favorite snorkeling view as we hunted, off the waters of Montrouis, for lionfishes (Pterois)–a whale species that has invaded the oceans of the Atlantic.
As lovely as this new GMT may look, the real magic is in the movement. The P.2003/10 calibre ticks at 4Hz, uses 25 jewels and thanks to three barrels, can offer a power reserve of 10 days (240 hours). The movement, which is essentially a fully skeletonized version of Panerai’s P.2003, can be viewed via the display case back. Indeed, while the P.2003 has been seen in similar pieces like the 44 mm Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic, the additional effort of skeletonization seems fitting for a somewhat more dressy piece like this Radiomir.
This feature-packed movement offers not only time, date, a second timezone, a 24 hour indication, linear power reserve and date display, but also manages a rather elegant interface. In the format of a true GMT, the local hour hand can be jump set independently, forward and backward, from the standard timekeeping and the date will also update to reflect the progression or regression of local time. Additionally, the seconds display is automatically set to 0 when hacking the movement, allowing for a simple method of syncing the watch with an accurate reference time.
As with other Panerai GMT models, the GMT hand can be neatly tucked behind the local hours hand for a simplified look when the feature is not needed. Despite its rather complex nature, Panerai manages to integrate all of these complications into a legible and compelling package.
I’ve long been an admirer of complicated Radiomirs and I really dig the 1940 10 Days GMT Automatic Oro Rosso. Fitted with a dial-matching alligator leather strap, the 1940 10 Days GMT commands a $35,900 USD price tag that may leave you begging Panerai for a steel version. Fingers crossed. panerai.com