Thursday, September 26, 2013

Radiomir 1940 3 Days Paneristi Forever

...All-New Panerai Model...

Radiomir 1940 3 Days 

–Paneristi Forever–

Limited Edition of 500 Examples

47MM PAM00532 

Panerai recently introduced a brand-new, highly limited edition model, which sports the PAM 532 designation. If this new model is indicative of things to come, the future is looking awfully bright for Panerai!!! Why? 

First of all, this model begins with what is arguably the best watch case design in history, and I don't say that lightly. The Radiomir 1940 case at 47MM is sheer perfection, and it has been around since the late 1940s.

This model shows that Panerai design is hyper aware of how beautiful rich color combindations can be. The case is made from high grade AISI 316L 1.4435 stainless steel, which is then covered with a rich hard black PVD coating.

Panerai developed this watch to to pay homage to its greatest fans, by engraving the caseback with the "PANERISTI FOREVER" designation. In case (no pun intended ;-) you are not familiar with the term Paneristi, it is used to describe die-hard Panerai enthusiasts, many of which share their extreme passion for Panerai, on

If you are not familiar with, you should check it out. is the ultimate online Panerai fan community site, filled with many nice, kind passionate fellow Panerai fanatics. I have been a member of for many years, and I enjoy it very much. is an invaluable resource for people that want to learn more about Panerai, as well as interact, communicate and socialize with other passionate Panerai enthusiasts. was also the very first Panerai enthusiast site, and it is best know of its Paneristi Public Forum, which I highly recommend checking out, if you are not familiar with it. Paneristi also has a slogan that says "COMMUNITY. So much more than just a watch.", and it's profoundly true, that Panerai is so much more than just a watch.

The PAM00532 represents the third time, Panerai has made a model dedicated to its loyal fans. The first was the 44MM PAM00195, which was limited to 200 examples, then the 44MM PAM00360 which commemorated the 10th Anniversary of in 2010, and was limited to 300 examples. Both the PAM00195, and PAM00360 were blacked-out with PVD coating.

So let's take a closer look at this beauty to explore its details. The fist thing I notice is the stunningly masculine case, that is enhanced with the black coating, which makes it even more bold and macho. Couple this with the gorgeous antique tan lume, which perfectly matches the standard Assolutamente Panerai 26/26 strap, and you have a real Italian beauty & beast at the same time. 

There is something magical about having the tobacco colored Assolutamente strap, coupled with a black case, which give the watch a unique look, that Panerai pioneered. This combination gives the watch a stealth, military, special-forces kind of tool watch look, that is also rich, elegant, warm, timeless and macho–all at the same time.

The next photo shows the amazing side profile, which is beyond timeless, with its super-elegant simplicity. I am seriously in awe of the beauty of this watch. In many ways, it is like a thoroughly modernized Radiomir 6154. The fact that Panerai can take this timeless DNA, and update it in such a meaningful and beautiful way, seriously takes my breath away!!!

The detail on this watch is so beautiful. Notice how beautiful the bead-blasted matt finish looks on the trademark Panerai sandwich dial, with the antique tan lume, coupled with the blacked-out case!!!

And yes, it is obvisoulsy a coincidence, the post below features Dylan McDermott rockin' his Radiomir Panerai PAM00514, which has a very similar amazing case shape design as the 47MM PAM00532. Very cool...

I am a huge fan of the HISTORIC Radiomir 1940 Panerai case. This is interesting since is lacks the trademark tight-seal half-cresent crown guard, which I also love. In a weird way, the two completely different looks, kind of offer a Yin and Yang. The HISTORIC Luminor 1950 case is so unusual looking, with its crown guard system, and the HISTORIC Radiomir 1940 case is crazy simple. Leonardo da Vinci put it best when he said "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

The following text is from Panerai's press release:

Unique Edition of 500 Units

A new watch celebrates the remarkable association between Officine Panerai and its most loyal supporters: the Radiomir 1940 3 Days – 47mm “Paneristi Forever”, a Special Edition with the Radiomir 1940 case in DLC-coated steel with the inscription Paneristi Forever engraved on the back. It is dedicated to all enthusiasts of the brand, and in particular to those who belong to the community which for 13 years has interacted every day on the site

It was in September 2000 that admirers of Panerai watches first found the ideal platform for expressing and sharing their own passion on the site, which had recently been created by an English enthusiast. Since then, the online community has gathered many thousands of connoisseurs who have spontaneously created one of the most remarkable cults for a watch brand, with millions of visits to the site each month to share stories, photographs and information, and to ask and respond to questions. The forum hosted on the site is moderated by a group of coordinators who are completely independent of the brand, and it attracts enthusiasts from every corner of the globe.

The new Radiomir 1940 3 Days – 47mm “Paneristi Forever” is a Special Edition of only 500 units, with a vintage appeal arising from the many details of the watch inspired by the historic Panerai models. The Radiomir 1940 case has the same form as the historic one that was transitional between the Radiomir and the Luminor, and it has the same diameter of 47 mm that was adopted for the first Panerai prototype in 1936. For the first time, the Radiomir 1940 case appears with a matt black finish, produced by a DLC (Diamond-Like-Carbon) coating on the steel structure. The black dial is of sandwich construction with minimalist graphics. On it are the small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and, in relief at 6 o’clock, the image of a Siluro a Lenta Corsa, the human torpedo on which the commandos of the Italian Navy carried out their epic attacks with Panerai instruments on their wrists. Toughness, reliability and maximum legibility are ensured by compliance with the historic standards of the brand.

The P.3000 movement of the new Radiomir 1940 3 Days – 47mm “Paneristi Forever” will completely satisfy the expectations of the brand’s most demanding enthusiasts. The hand-wound calibre with a power reserve of three days is completely designed and created in the Officine Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel. It has two spring barrels connected in series and a large balance wheel (13.2 mm in diameter) which oscillates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. It also has the device which enables the hour to be adjusted without interfering with the running of the minute and seconds hands.

The Radiomir 1940 3 Days – 47mm “Paneristi Forever” (PAM00532) is water-resistant to 10 atmospheres (about 100 metres) and it is supplied with a strap made of natural, untreated leather.

Movement: Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.3000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 161⁄2 lignes, 5.3 mm thick, 21 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 160 components.

Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds.

Case: Diameter 47 mm, steel with special hard black coating. Screw-down winding crown personalised OP.
Bezel: Steel with special hard black coating. Back: Screw, steel. “Paneristi Forever”

Dial: Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Seconds at 9 o’clock.

Crystal: Sapphire, made from corundum, 1.8 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.

Water-resistance: 10 bar (~ 100 metres).

Strap: PANERAI personalised leather strap and trapezoidal matt steel buckle with special hard black coating.

Reference: PAM00532.

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