I already introduced to you the new Radiomir 1940 Chronograph PAM 518 in platinum. Let’s now take a look a the white and rose gold models, and a bit more perspective on the new chronographs from Panerai. All three versions have 45 mm cases with a polished finish, fitted with Plexiglas crystals and a display back revealing the OP XXV calibre (Minerva cal. 13-22), a a column wheel chronograph with horizontal coupling and a swan neck regulator.
In the new chronographs the Radiomir 1940 case, 45 mm in diameter, has the simple, elegant lines developed by Panerai in about 1940, the time when the classic cushion case with the wire loop strap attachments of the first Radiomir started to acquire the more massive proportions of the Luminor 1950 case. Every detail of the 1940 case has a polished finish, including the two push-buttons controlling the chronograph functions, the cylindrical winding crown and the bezel.
PAM00519, red gold case with a brown ‘California’ dial, tobacco brown alligator strap
The dial of the new Radiomir 1940 Chronograph is a new and original design, inspired by the history of the brand but also by the function of the watch, The red gold version has a brown dial with the combination of graphic hour markers, Roman and Arabic numerals that has acquired the name California, adopted by the Radiomir of 1936. The latter has a dial with the sandwich structure, formed of two superimposed plates with the luminous material between them, visible through holes corresponding to the hour markers and the tachymeter scale for calculating average speed and the two chronograph counters.
The movement of the new Radiomir 1940 Chronograph is the OP XXV calibre, developed on a Minerva 13-22 base. The Minerva manufacture has had historic links with Panerai since the 1920s, when the Swiss manufacturer was a supplier to the Florentine watchmaker.
PAM00520, white gold case with a black dial, black alligator strap
Official retail price in Euro, including tax/VAT (sorry no USD pricing yet but you can do the conversion):
- PAM00518 € 59.900
- PAM00519 € 44.900
- PAM00520 € 46.900