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, Vacheron Constantin.
Here we have a 2022 Panerai 1940 3 Days Automatic Radiomir PAM00619. Radiomir was the first watch model created by Officine Panerai. Taking its inspiration from their creations from the 1940s. The characteristic cushion Brushed Titanium case has thick straight lugs. A lug to lug length of 52.5mm and a case thickness of 11.5mm give the watch an impressive wrist presence. On the right side, is a signed screw-down crown with deep knurling to help the grip. The polished smooth bezel holds a domed sapphire crystal above a brown dial. Large Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9 with batons in between all coated in luminance. At 9 o’clock we have the small seconds. Long sword hands are coated in luminance. At 9 0’clock small seconds coated in luminance. Text is precisely applied with the Radiamir Panerai at 12 o’clock and Automatic at 6 o’clock. On the reverse, a screw-down exhibition case back with deep engraving around its edge. On the inside an Automatic Panerai Cal. P.4000, 31 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. This in-house movement is their first Automatic with an off-center micro-rotor produced and developed at the factory in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Comprising 203 components and due to the off-set micro-rotor, it is thinner than other automatic calibers. The watch comes fitted on its 24mm dark brown leather strap with a signed buckle. The watch also comes with its Panerai presentation box and papers.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Panerai box and paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Panerai 24mm leather strap with its signed Panerai buckle. The watch is from January 2022 and is sold in hardly worn condition as you can see. The watch comes with the remainder of its Manufacturer's Warranty.
One of the most comfortable and modern-looking Panerai in my opinion, is beautifully proportioned even at 45mm and thanks to the Titanium case it is incredibly light. Flipping it over you are presented with the epitome of modern movements, micro-rotor, high power reserve, and beautifully finished in a simplistic way. The best part of this is you are saving yourself a huge amount on retail and still getting a relatively new watch with its manufacturer warranty!
Movement : Automatic Panerai Cal. P.4000
Age : 2021/2030
Specific Age : January 2022
Case Size : 45mm
Case Thickness : 11.5mm
Lug to Lug : 52.5mm
Lugs : 24mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Box & Papers
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : Manufacturer Warranty