April 12, 2015
Recently Panerai officially pulled the covers off its new Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso (PAM00570). This is a Panerai “Special Edition” which means that production is limited — 300 pieces, in this instance. The watch is as attractive from the back as it is the front.
It has a 47mm red gold (“oro rosso”) case and brown “sandwich” dial with a goregous satiné soleil finish on top. Done in the characteristic Panerai style, there is a small seconds at 9 o’clock and date aperture at 3 o’clock; the arrow-shaped central hand indicates the second time zone, hence the engraved letters “GMT” at six o’clock. A distinction of the “Radiomir 1940″ case is its thicker, more typical lugs as compared to the wire loop lugs on traditional “Radiomir” cases.
As attractive is the view through the caseback. The admirably finished Panerai P.3001/10 calibre is a hand-wound movement with a power reserve of three days as indicated on the back. The indicator is connected directly to the spring of one of the two barrels, both of which are skeletonised, as are the bridges with brushed finish. The movement also has the device for rapid setting of the hour hand, which can be moved forward or backwards in one-hour jumps of without interfering with the running of the seconds hand.
words by Kyle Stults