Published on June 7th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
PANERAI Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica, 48mm
The new Radiomir 1940 3 Days takes inspiration from the Panerai watches made for the commandos of the Royal Italian Navy. The matt black ceramic of the case and the minimalist design of the dial give the new model from the Radiomir 1940 collection a remarkably contemporary technological appearance.
The new Radiomir 1940 case has a strongly technical appearance of great aesthetic impact, thanks to the use of a matt black ceramic, synthesised from Zirconium Oxide. Compared to steel, ceramic provides higher performance in terms of hardness, lightness and resistance to scratches, corrosive elements and high temperatures.
The fascination of the watch is enhanced by its black dial with its sandwich structure. The dot and bar hour markers contribute to its minimalist design of great simplicity and clarity. The overall modernism of the dial design is elegantly set off by the ecru colour of the Super-LumiNova® used to make the markers luminous, and by the image in relief of the Silura a Lenta Corsa (human torpedo), a reminder that, in spite of its apparently contemporary appearance, the dial too was originally designed at the end of the 1930s for the watches supplied by Panerai to the commandos of the Italian Navy.
The P.3000 hand-wound movement, entirely created in the Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel, can be admired through a large polished sapphire crystal window in the back of the case. The calibre measures 16½ lignes – a size that is characteristic of the period models – and it has wide brush-finished bridges covering the greater part of the wheelwork, a large balance wheel 13.2 mm in diameter and two spring barrels which provide a power reserve of three days.
The P.3000 movement also has the device for rapidly adjusting the time, which enables the hour hand to move in jumps of one hour forward or backward, without interfering with the movement of the minute hand or the running of the watch.
The new Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica (PAM00577) is water-resistant to 10 bar (a depth of about 100 metres) and it is supplied with a strap of brown untreated leather, with contrasting hand-sewing, and closed by a trapezoidal buckle. Like the case back, the buckle is made of titanium for its non-allergenic properties and it has a DLC coating matching the colour of the case.
Model: Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica – 48mm
Movement: Hand-wound mechanical, P.3000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 72 hours
Case: 48 mm, black ceramic
Dial: Black with luminous hour markers
Water-resistance: 10 bar (~ 100 metres)