Pre-owned Panerai Radiomir Ref. PAM00721, with a 47mm polished steel case, polished steel bezel, black dial with luminiscent Arabic numerals and indices and blued hands. Sapphire crystal and see-through case back. Hand-wound mechanical movement, P.3000 calibre with a 3 days power reserve. Leather strap in "scamosciato dark brown" color with beige stitching and steel tang buckle.
Like new. Complete with original box and papers.
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Considered as the watch that took Master watchmaker Officine Panerai to create wristwatches under the highest demands in terms of features and precision, in 1936 produced the prototypes of what would become its greatest icon: the Radiomir. Designed for the Italian Royal Army, it wasn't until 1940 that Panerai manufactured the first of this model's series putting together all the specifications requested by the Diving Squad. One of its main characteristics (and at that time, the first of many Panerai's patents) was the luminescent material in its markers. On the first models, the markers were filled with a radium-based powder as luminescent material (therefore the Radiomir name) that provided high resistance and readability in underwater extreme conditions. Also, its domed case and the wire lugs for long straps were ideal for wearing over a diving suit. Other characteristic of the Radiomir is its dial, of which several versions exist. While modern series keep its predecessors aesthetics, the technology and materials used in its manufacture are state-of-the-art in fine watchmaking.
This watch is essentially a reissue of the Panerai Ref. 3646 from the late 1930s. That watch, which was made solely for military issue, was 47mm as well. There is no logo on the dial, a minimalist detail that makes for a clean design. The hands are blued and look basically identical to those found on the original, with the hour hand bisected by an additional piece of blued steel. According to Panerai CEO Angelo Bonati, this is only the 2nd instance of a modern Panerai with an unsigned dial - the other being the PAM448 "California". Bonati says that Panerai made its original unsigned ("Anonymous") dials for the Italian Navy during World War II so that if watches were captured by the Allies, the manufacturer wouldn't be easily identifiable. This Panerai Radiomir 3-Days in 47mm with a vintage look is a indispensable piece in the collection of true lovers of the brand and haute horlogerie.