With all of the success that the blue dial Panerai models have had over the years, Officine Panerai has just released 5 new 1940’s Radiomir models featuring a new type of blue dial. This new dial which has the same satiné soleil finish as previous blue models, now features a bit of a gradient to it with darker tones of blue to the outside and a lighter hue in the middle of the watch. These 5 pieces will only be available through Panerai boutiques around the world.
All 5 models come in 1940’s case at sizes of 42m, 45mm, and 47mm and in both stainless steel and Oro Rosso (Red Gold). While all 5 models feature a clear sapphire case back like other previous Panerai watches, these Radiomirs have a bit of a twist. The sapphire features a design that pay homage to the waves at sea, which are created by a metallization process carried out on the sapphire case back.
Behind the case back crystal, the 5 pieces are 3 different movements from the P.4000 family and one using the P.3000 completely created and manufactured in-house at he Neuchâtel plant. The PAM933 and PAM934 are powered by the self winding Caliber P.4000 with 3 day power reserve and 22K gold off centered micro-rotor for the gold version and a Tungsten rotor for the stainless steel version.
The other two models use the P.4001 and P.4002 movements which are equipped with a date and GMT function as well as a power reserve indicator on the dial for the PAM945 or visible on the movement through the case back on the PAM946.
The final model, the PAM932 uses a hand-wound P.3000 executed entirely by Officine Panerai and also has a 3 day power reserve.
Each piece in the collection comes standard with a blue alligator strap with a beautiful contrasting beige stitch. Only fitting, the watches come in a blue lacquered cherry wood box which houses a spare blue rubber strap or blue canvas one for the 42mm.
I am a very big fan of blue dials and hands and tends to fall in love with them instantly. In regards to these new 5 models, I think I will really have to wait to see them in person to get the real effect of that gradient blue dial. In stock pictures they look nice but I’m very curious to see how large the lighter area is versus the darker area around the edges as well as it’s reaction to light hitting it. Those minor details can really make or break the overall look of a watch and with these 5 it’s no exception.
The winner of group is the PAM932 in my opinion with it’s 47mm size and domed crystal. If it looks kind of familiar, then you are probably thinking about it’s older brother, the PAM690 which came out a few years back and become an instant classic amongst Panerai fans. The question is how will the owners of the PAM690 take the news that there is a watch that is very similar to theirs being released.
While there are differences between the two models there is enough that is the same that might ruffle a few feathers. The PAM690 of course has a satin soleil dial that is a single blue huge and the text on the dial is separated with Radiomir on the top and Panerai at the bottom as opposed to the gradient blue dial and stacked 2 lines of text on the PAM932. I’m very much a fan of the PAM690 and regret not buying one so I am curious to see how this particular piece will do.
All the models in the collection are 10bar (100M) water resistant with the exception of the red gold model which is only 5bar (50M).
Estimated Pricing on these pieces are as follows.
PAM00932: Euro 8,900
PAM00933: Euro 9,900
PAM00934: Euro 21,900
PAM00945: Euro 11,400
PAM00946: Euro 11,600