I know it’s about to get crazy with all the Baselworld 2013 coverage coming up within a day as Baselworld is officially under way tomorrow on April 25, 2013. I thought I would sneak in my favorite Radiomir in the current Panerai collection, the highly sought after Panerai PAM00425- Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days.
The toughest challenge has been finding this watch in stock, whether it’s from a Panerai Boutique or an authorized Panerai retailer as it’s rare with only 1500 pieces for the world being produced. Recently, I was lucky enough to locate the watch locally in Las Vegas at an authorized dealer and actually had the opportunity to try it on. Man, I was absolutely blown away with how cool this watch really is. This watch couldn’t be more perfect except for one or two small details, but I will get to that in just a bit. I have never been a huge fan of the Radiomir case, because It has always been a little bit too small and dressy for me. To be honest, I can’t wear a Panerai smaller than 47 mm but this watch has restored my faith in the Radiomir product line because of its size and style. I like wearing my watches everyday and the PAM00425 is definitely a daily wearing watch despite the fact that it has the refined wired lugs and screw down onion crown.
Since the Radiomir case is cushion shaped, it hugs the wrist like no other watch, basically it’s extremely comfortable. The watch is stainless steel so it has a great weight to it and the size of course couldn’t be more perfect at 47 mm. The PAM00425 was inspired by a watch that was originally a prototype from 1936 commissioned by the Italian Marina Militaire and produced by Panerai and Figlio in 1938. The dial of the watch is amazing because it’s so simple in the execution of the luminous vertical and horizontal hour markers and dots. In fact, 5 years ago, I wrote about how I thought Panerai would make this watch and all the collectors thought I was nuts, but now the proof is in the pudding. The dial has such a beautiful Patina, that it further enhances it’s vintage aesthetic to a nice grey/black making it look more original.
This watch has the modern-day in -house P3000 hand wound movement which is very robust and reliable. They crystal of this watch is made out of sapphire which is great because it’s scratch resistant, but I have to say, on these historic Panerai watches, I really prefer the plexi glass crystal because of it’s attention to detail and authenticity. The dial has the torpedo above the six o’clock position on it which to me is overkill. I don’t understand why they would do this on a piece that is historic. Then again, the rumor is because this is the first year of its production with an O serial#, The P serial # that will follow will not have the torpedo on the dial making the O serial number much more collectible. The dial is brought together with gold hands, which gives this watch class and distinction.
The strap of the watch is known as the Assolutamente strap which is a cigar brown color. The strap feels like suede because of its texture, but it’s actually a Tuscan calf. This aged looking calf is another highlight to making the watch look vintage and original.
Finally, we come to the price of the watch. To get into a decent Panerai today, you need to spend at least 8 grand to get one with an in-house movement. To me this watch is the best valued watch in the Panerai Collection at $8,700 because you are getting so much bang for your buck. From the vintage look, to the exclusive amount of pieces being made, to the 47 mm size and the in house manufactured movement 3 Day manual wind movement, to something completely unique and different from any other Panerai watch in the collection, what more can one ask for?
Technical Info for the Panerai PAM00425- Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days
Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.3000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 16½ 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.
Diameter 47 mm, AISI 316L polished steel with removable wire loop strap attachments (patented). Screw-down winding crown personalised OP.
See-through sapphire crystal.
Black with luminous hour markers.
Sapphire, formed of corundum, 2.8 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
10 bar (~100 metres).
PANERAI personalised leather strap and large-size polished steel buckle.
* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panera
Current Retail- $8,700