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Back at SIHH 2018 we got to see Officine Panerai introduce a “Luminor Base Logo 3 Days” that for the first time in quite a while for the brand, was accompanied by a price-tag below the 5k mark. It seems like a call-back to Panerai’s humble beginnings of military-inspired watches with more affordable prices. Now, their “Radiomir” is getting a similar treatment, plus a new in-house hand-wound movement, which may delight horologists on a budget.

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Everyone knows that acquiring luxury watches requires a certain amount of disposable income. The word “luxury” in and of its self is defined as “something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary”. And to maintain these status symbols in check a certain price of admission must be maintained. But, after a series of complaints due to highly priced watches with complex movements and rehashed limited editions barely indistinguishable from previous models. It seems Panerai got the message and is slightly shifting its marketing tactics towards affordability, while fortunately maintaining their quality standards.

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These new back to basics Panerai’s com in a 45mm case made of 316L stainless-steel with a polished finish, equipped with wire loop strap lugs that allow for the straps attached to it.

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It comes equipped with a knurled setting-crown that also has an “OP” logo engraving and a solid case back that features technical details inscribed to it. In essence what we have here is a modern interpretation of the classic “Radiomir” models dating back to the 1930’s, with very subtle retouching. All topped with a sapphire crystal that also assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 100 meters (330 feet).

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Time is exhibited on a black matte dial with the painted Arabic numerals 3, 6 and 12; plus equally painted hour index markers; instead of using the iconic sandwich dial. Then we find the Panerai and the “OP” logo on the lower half of these dials aligned with the 6 o’clock positions, while “RADIOMIR” is inscribed on the upper half. Besides these elements they are quite simple classic Officine Panerai dials.

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The difference between them are that the PAM00754 also has “BLACK SEAL” inscribed under “RADIOMIR”, aligned with the 12 o’clock position. Plus they have added a sub-seconds dial at the 9 o’clock position. Finally in common the central hands, numerals, index markers and sub-dial parts on the “Black Seal” edition; have all undergone and been fitted with a green luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.

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Officine Panerai Radiomir Logo 3 Days & Black Seal 3 Days

Both these Officine Panerai “Radiomir Logo 3 Days” (Ref#: PAM 753) and “Radiomir Black Seal 3 Days” (PAM 754) are powered by the hand-wound in-house mechanical movement, caliber P.6000 with 19 jewels, 15 ½ lignes and 21,600 Vph. It comes equipped with a transversal cock-bridge with twin supports, for a reinforced reliability. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 72 hours (3 days), when fully wound.

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Mounted to these watches is either a natural black or brown leather strap, with exposed contrasting beige stitching, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin-buckle. Both these timepieces should become available starting August 2018, but for more up to date information visit the official Officine Panerai website here.

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MSRP: 3,900€ approximately $4,500.00 USD – (Ref#: PAM 753)

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MSRP: 4,200€ approximately $4,800.00 USD – (Ref#: PAM 754)

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Written by Mauro Az