*** SIHH 2012 paneristi.com exclusive - Live pictures of the PAM399 / PAM398
February 2 2012 at 6:16 PM
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RADIOMIR 1940 - 47 MM
OP official statement in the SIHH release documentation:
A new chapter in the history of the most famous watch designed for underwater military operations
lives again in the new Radiomir 1940, two new Special Edition watches which are presented for
the first time in a special Panerai case of vintage inspiration.
Unlike the prototype and the examples which went into production at the end of the 1930s,
some historic Radiomirs made in the 1940s had a distinctive case in which the strap attachments were
not made of steel wires welded to the case but were formed out of the same block of steel as
the case itself, thus resulting in stronger, more solid lugs. The new Radiomir 1940 watches are
offered in this special case in the classic size of 47mm in diameter, and they incorporate other
elements inspired by the historic examples: the Plexiglas® crystal protecting the dial, the round,
cambered bezel, the cylindrical crown and the screw back.
I have actually posted several times that it would be a dream come true if Officine Panerai would produce this watch (PAM399).
And they did. Although in my dreams it didn't have the small seconds on the dial...
That's Paneristi for you though, always something to whine about... hehe
Seriously though, for me this is the absolute star of the show. With or without sub seconds, with or without a Minerva based movement and with either a solid or a crystal caseback.
I do have to add that, considering that there are only 50 pieces available (the other 50 will come as a set together with the red gold 398) and considering its price (roughly 20K Euro), it will remain a dream...
But then again, who knows what SIHH 2013 will bring Anyway, I know I'm not much of a writer, so on to the pictures...
I can literally stare at this first picture. I mean, look at that case in combination with that crown... sigh... so nice
The Minerva 16-17 based OP XXVII calibre...
The model number is engraved between the lugs at the 12 o'clock position
Don't ask me why but apparently I only took pictures of the caseback of the red gold PAM398.
I was probably too impressed with the 399, and I have to admit that I'm not (yet) much of a fan of gold watches.
And finally a shot of the 399 and 398 (on the right) together...
I think OP did an excellent job on this one. It also makes sense to put a Minerva based movement in a piece this special.
But I do hope that there will be a base version with eg a P.3000 movement some day. There always has to something to wish for - and there always is
This is my last SIHH 2012 post.
On behalf of the entire paneristi.com SIHH team, thanks for reading and commenting - it's been appreciated!
Congratulations on another set of outstanding photos Martin!
By the way, couldn't help noticing (in tenth photo down) the shadow formed by the 2 in the 12 looks as though the top layer of the sandwich dial is floating.
Is it my eyes playing tricks on me? Do you think this is an intentional detail introduced by Panerai?
Or do you think it's a manufacturing glitch on the prototype? (Maybe I'm just ignorant and all sandwich dials are like this?).
Well - it's testimony to your photography skills that such details are even picked up.
Just wondering. In any case, the 399 is a true grail.
Here's hoping a base ss version with in-house movement will be available for us all soon!