In the late 1930s, Panerai made a number of Radiomir watches with a special 12-sided bezel, engraved with the words “OFFICINE PANERAI – BREVETTATO”. This inscription referred to the patented luminous substance Radiomir used on the dial, and it suggests that the watches were used not for military operations but for presenting to the authorities of the Royal Italian Navy, which was evaluating new instruments for underwater missions. The Special Edition Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio reproduces all the fundamental characteristics of these vintage watches, respecting their identity and giving collectors the opportunity to appreciate a fascinating chapter in the Panerai story. Remarkably simple and minimalist, with the sandwich structure which maximises the legibility of the large figures and markers, the dial is available in black, the colour of the vintage model, on the back of the case, a large porthole with its sapphire window reveals the P.3000 hand-wound mechanical movement, completely created in the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. The Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio is water-resistant to 3 bar (a depth of about 30 metres). Inside the elegant wooden box in which the watch is presented is a second Plexiglas® crystal, the certificate personalised with the serial number of the Edition, and a rare publication describing the military equipment of the special forces of the Royal Italian Navy, in which Panerai watches and instruments appear.
Movement Hand-wound mechanical, 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. 161 components.
Functions Hours, minutes
Case Diameter 47mm, AISI 316L polished steel
Bezel polished and brushed steel
Back See-through sapphire crystal
Dial Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers.
Crystal Sapphire crystal formed of corundum
Water Resistance 3 bar (~30 metres)
Strap Calf Ponte Vecchio, Brown, Beige, 27/22 MM Standard