Panerai Radiomir 8 Days 45mm Replica PAM00992 is a tribute and recognition to their past. It is based on the first Radiomir released in 1936. The first Radiomir project was developed in 1936 at the request of the Submarine Battalion Command of the Royal Italian Navy for the commandos of the assault vehicle fleet. The first edition is one of the earliest professional diving watches in history.
Presented in black with a nice Matt finish, the dial has a familiar Panerai aesthetic. It features a sandwich-style construction with batons and bold Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 that have been cut out to expose a layer of superluminova sitting beneath. This gives the dial a sense of depth and helps emit a strong and long-lasting glow making it easy to read the time in dimly lit situations. At 9 o’clock is a subsidiary seconds register, and in a thoughtful move to maintain the symmetry and balance of the dial, at 3 is the text “8 GIORNI BREVETTATO” that indicates the 8-day power reserve this Panerai Radiomir replica watch offers. One of my favorite detail on this dial are the thermally blued hands that add a nice pop of the color to the watch and akin to the overall lume application have been filled with custard colored luminous paint to evoke a vintage vibe.
Even though it’s a large watch – the case is 45mm – it’s smallish by Panerai standards, since the military-style Panerai replica watches are usually 47mm. But it is big enough to look like a Panerai, and it wears well for a 45mm watch, since the wire-style lugs are short, though it is slightly top heavy, as large watches with short lugs tend to be.
The case is steel, but finished in an unusual manner. At a distance it is matte but also vaguely glossy, depending on how you look at it.
Panerai refers to this as a “patina” treatment, and while initially peculiar looking, it actually works well with the retro-military styling of the watch replica. The treatment removes the shiny, brand-new look of a, well, brand-new watch, without leaving it looking aggressively old, as some other surface finishes tend to, like an aged gunmetal coating for instance.
The beads used for the blasting process are finer than average, resulting in a surface with the individual divots more widely spaced – almost like a fine sandpaper was gently run over the case – instead of the more common, densely granular surface applied to watch cases.
After that, the case is then polished once again, which removes some of the granularity of the sandblasted surface, further accentuating its smoothness and creating a “semi-matt” finish.
The movement used for the replica Radiomir 8 Days PAM00992 is the brand’s own in-house manual wound calibre P.5000. The calibre P.5000 is made up of 146 components and has a frequency of roughly 21, 000 VpH. It features Glucydur® balance and an Incabloc Parechoc® anti-shock device. The most impressive feat of this movement is the staggering 8 days power reserve it delivers.
Not having to wind the watch for a full week is an amazing feat and offers a lot of versatility for this timepiece. The watch comes with an open case-back, however much of the movement is covered, leaving only a plate with a horizontal satin-brush finish to be seen.
The new PAM00992 replica is a bold and handsome timepiece that combines a retro look and modern technology. This watch will be attached to a brown calfskin strap with beige contrasting beige stitching.
Model: Panerai Radiomir 8 Days 45 mm Replica
Material: Stainless steel with patina treatment
Water resistance: 100m
Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3Hz)
Power reserve: 8 days
Limited edition: 1,000 pieces
Price: US$8,500, or 12,200 Singapore dollars
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