This has been a great week for me on so many different levels, but especially with regards to getting to see and play with Panerai novelties. Earlier this year, I wrote about the three Radiomir 1940’s Chronograph’s that Panerai released at SIHH which you can see here!
This week I got to physically see all three in the flesh. Man were they impressive! Normally, I am not a fan of chronograph watches, but these were executed flawlessly. The design was inspired by original Rolex language from the 1940’s. They really do look like vintage Rolex watches.
These three model ref#’s are PAM00518 which is the 1940’s chronograph made out of Platinum limited to 50 units, PAM00519 which the 1940’s chronograph made out of 18k Red Gold limited to 100 units, PAM00520 which is the 1940’s chronograph made out of 18k White Gold limited to 100 units.
They all exude sophistication, masculinity, refinement and vintage all at the same time, but the one that blew me away was the PAM00518. To me, this one looks the most vintage, iconic and Rolex. Plus it doesn’t hurt that it’s made out of platinum the most noble of all metals and limited to 50 pieces for the world.
The all have plexiglass crystals, are 45 mm in size but wear bigger and are currently sold as a set for the price of nearly $200,000! The movement is an original Minerva movement from the 1940’s which has been reworked to modern day specs by Panerai to accommodate these three masterpieces.
If you are in the market and want to feel a piece of history and collect something really rare, I would suggest you take a look at these watches if you are lucky enough to see them live!