Movement : Manually Wound Panerai Cal. OP XIV
Age : 2001/2010
Specific Age : November 2005
Case Size : 45mm
Case Thickness : 14.5mm
Lug to Lug : 49mm
Lugs : 26mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Box & Papers
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : 12-Months Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 6.5inch
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Panerai box and paperwork. Full service and a new crystal with Panerai were carried out in December 2016 paperwork included. The watch comes paired with its original Panerai 26mm tan leather strap with its signed Panerai buckle plus two additional Panerai straps, one worn black and a brown. The watch is from November 2005 and is sold in worn, but fair condition as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months Warranty.
Here we have a 2005 Panerai Radiomir 8 Days JLC Movement PAM00190 limited to 1000 pieces, taking its design cues from their military watch reference 3646 from the 1940s. The characteristic cushion high polished 316L 45mm stainless steel case has screwed-in wire lugs that are removable using a Patent pending design, a lug-to-lug length of 49mm and a case thickness of 14.5mm giving the watch an impressive wrist presence. On the right side, is an onion-signed screw-down crown with deep knurling to help the grip. The polished smooth bezel holds a domed sapphire crystal above a matte black sandwich dial. Large stencilled Arabic numerals at 12, 3, and 6 with batons in between and a disc of luminance showing through from the bottom. At 9 o’clock we have the small seconds with a rose gold plated hand, and long rose gold plated sword hands with luminance infill complete this iconic dial. At 12 o’clock we have the Panerai motif and at 6 o’clock “8 Days”. On the reverse, a screw-down exhibition case back, on the inside a manually wound Panerai Cal. OP XIV, 33 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour, this special movement was manufactured by Jaeger-LeCoultre in Switzerland and based on their Calibre 877 which was found in their 70th Anniversary Reverso of 2002, the 8-day power reserve indicator is screwed to the movement, it has hacking for your convenience and is expertly decorated with broad stripes and blued screws. The watch comes fitted on its 26mm leather strap with a signed buckle and also comes with its Panerai presentation box and papers.
Panerai got so much right with this model, design is perfect and what we come to expect from the Radiomir, wearability is also great with the larger case size you also come to expect from the Radiomir... But the real surprise is the movement, 8-Day power reserve produced by JLC, the true master of movements used by some of the biggest names in the watch world, this feels like a special Panerai for that reason and one that is still underrated and underappreciated.
In 1860 Giovanni Panerai opened his watchmaker's shop in Florence, it wasn't only a shop and workshop but also served as the city's first watchmaking school, Officine Panerai's was born. The shop later moved to its current location in the Palazzo Arcivescovile in Piazza San Giovanni, Italy, changing its name to "Orologeria Svizzera" at the beginning of the twentieth century. In 1916 Stemming from Marie and Pierre Curie’s 1898 discovery, to meet the military needs of the Royal Italian Navy, Officine Panerai created Radiomir, a radium-based powder that gives luminosity to the dials of sighting instruments. Reference to the name "Radiomir" is documented in the patent filed in France on 23 March 1916. The substance's properties are perfect for military applications with high visibility and the paint's excellent underwater adhesive qualities. In 1936 Panerai created the first prototypes of the model now known as "Radiomir" for the frogman commandos of the First Submarine Group Command of the Royal Italian Navy. The Navy's historical archives record that just ten prototypes were produced in 1936. It was during this time that a very unusual relationship between Rolex and Panerai was forged with the production of the Ref: 2533. The design comes from a 47mm Rolex Oyster pocket watch. That was turned on its side so that the crown would be now located at 3 o’clock. In 1949 Panerai introduced a new luminescence substance called Luminor that was not only safer than radium-based Radiomir but also much more luminous. In 1955 Panerai launched the Luminor, a watch created for the Royal Italian Navy with its characteristic crown guard designed in the 1950s, invented by brother and sister Giuseppe and Maria Giuseppe Panerai. It wasn’t until 1993 that Panerai finally released the Luminor and Luminor Marina to the public. Today Officine Panerai is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Richemont S.A Group that includes Cartier, IWC, Montblanc, and Vacheron Constantin.