Office Panerai has offered a taste of what it has in store for SIHH 2017 with two new Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio models PAM685 and PAM687. The two special editions models come in 47mm case; one features a black dial and the other offers a shaded brown dial that pays homage to the vintage watch. In the first place, the heritage of Panerai is a rich source of inspiration for producing models with the glamor of the past. After all, it is these little difference that makes Panerai watches so attractive to Paneristi. Before heading down to this years’ Salon International Haute Horlogerie exhibit, you may want to read up on ‘6 things you should know about SIHH 2017‘.
Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio PAM685 and PAM687 are based on the 1930s Radiomir ref.3646. They are prototypes created for trails conducted by the Italian navy. In fact, those are the very first watches that reproduce all the elementary characteristics of the original.
SIHH 2017: Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio PAM685 and PAM687 with new shapes and colours
The first vintage detail for the new Radiomir Pam 685 and Pam 687 is the 12-sided bezel in brushed steel, and polished with smoothed angles. On the bezel is engraved with the words “OFFICINE PANERAI – BREVETTATO”. As have been noted, the words refers to the patented luminous substance used on the dial of the watches in the late 1930s, by the Italian Navy.
This bezel is screwed onto the Radiomir cushion caseband; and together with the screwed back which forms the rear part of the case. Adding on to the vintage watches, it has three elegant symmetrical case parts, clearly visible when looking at the case in profile.
Overall, the dial is protected by a Plexiglas crystal, and on the dial shows a simple and classic sandwich structure; uniquely designed to enhance the legibility of the large figures and markers. These are made available to the original black PAM00685 as well as the shaded brown PAM00687; A new colour created by Panerai to replicate the lightning effect on the orginal Radiomir.
For those that are unfamiliar with ‘sandwich dial’ or ‘sausage dial’, we have covered those comparison in our article PAM 000 vs PAM 112.
Movement on Officine Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio – SIHH 2017
The sapphire crystal case back which showcases the P.3000 hand-wound mechanical movement offers a power reserve of three days. Although most of the movement is covered by the main plate, you can admire the 13.2mm large balance wheel and two spring barrels. Overall, this in-house movement enables the watch for quick time changing, allowing the hour hand to be moved forward or backward in jumps of an hour; all these without affecting the movement of the minute hand or the running of the timepiece.
A second Plexiglas crystal is included in the wooden box, as with many vintage-inspired Panerai models. Both PAM685 and PAM687 are special editions though we do not know of the edition size yet. Price for both Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio PAM 685 and PAM 687 are around USD$9,800.
One thing for sure – Your life will never be the same again once you have owned your first Officine Panerai watch.