The watches in the Panerai Radiomir 1940 collection are an homage to the robust diving watches used by the Italian Marines. Top models in this series are made of gold, have a 10-day power reserve, and display two time zones simultaneously.
The design of the wristwatches in the Panerai Radiomir 1940 collection is reminiscent of the military watches Panerai developed in the early 1940s for the Italian Marines. All Radiomir models feature a cushion-shaped case. Unlike the watches in the Radiomir collection, the 1940 models have horn-shaped lugs, which are created together with the case from a single piece of metal. The standard Radiomir has thin wire loop attachments functioning as lugs. Furthermore, the 1940 has a cylindrical crown rather than a ball-shaped crown like the Radiomir.
The reinvented 1940 watches were released in limited numbers in 2012. A Panerai Radiomir 1940 (PAM00399) is so rare that collectors will pay at least 20,000 euros for pre-owned versions and more than 30,000 euros for new versions. There are only 100 PAM00399 timepieces in the world. The same applies to the PAM00398, which was also released in 2012. These timepieces are made of 18-karat red gold and cost between 30,000 and 42,000 euros.
|Model||Price new (approx.)||Features|
|Radiomir 1940 Acciaio, Ref. PAM00399||30,000 euros||Extremely rare, limited to 100 pieces|
|Radiomir 1940 Oro Rosso, Ref. PAM00398||42,000 euros||Extremely rare, limited to 100 pieces, 18-karat red gold case|
|Radiomir 1940 10 Days Automatic Oro Rosso, Ref. PAM00659||32,000 euros||10-day power reserve, GMT function, 18-karat red gold case|
|Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio, Ref. PAM00620||6,900 euros||3-day power reserve, automatic, small seconds|
|Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio, Ref. PAM00574||5,300 euros||3-day power reserve, small seconds|
The prices for a Panerai Radiomir 1940 start at around 5,000 euros for new models. Pre-owned models often cost a few hundred euros less and, like almost all Panerai timepieces, maintain their value well. New 18-karat red gold models cost around 17,500 euros.
One highlight of the collection is the Radiomir 1940 10 Days GMT Automatic Oro Rosso (PAM00659). The wristwatch has a power reserve lasting an astounding 10 days, or 240 hours, thanks to its in-house caliber, P.2003/10. A linear power reserve display shows you how much energy the movement has left. Since the timepiece has an automatic movement, the three barrels are wound automatically as the watch is worn. The GMT function is well-suited for frequent fliers who often change time zones. The blue sunburst dial matches the red gold case and blue alligator leather strap perfectly. You should be prepared to spend around 32,000 euros for a new model.
Significantly more affordable is the Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio (PAM00574). The manual watch with the in-house caliber P.1000 has a 3-day power reserve. The small seconds is at nine o'clock. Thanks to a moderate case size of 42 mm, it's suitable as both a men's and women's watch. Its green alligator leather strap is a real head-turner. Prices for new models start as low as 5,300 euros.
If you don't want to regularly wind your Radiomir 1940 by hand, then consider an automatic watch from this series, such as the PAM00620. Visually, you can barely tell the difference between it and a manual watch. It's powered by the in-house caliber P.4000, which has a balance wheel that oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 alternations per hour (A/h). This timepiece is paired with a black strap instead of a green one. Furthermore, the timepiece is waterproof to 100 m (10 bar). You can purchase this timepiece new for around 6,900 euros.
If you prefer thin loop lugs and a ball-shaped crown, then you should consider the Panerai Radiomir. This model is available in stainless steel, red gold, titanium, or high-tech materials such as ceramic. The PAM00424 and PAM00425 are especially authentic, as their designs resemble those of vintage watches from the 1930s. You can purchase a new PAM00424 for around 5,300 euros. You can get a PAM00425 in very good condition for less than 5,000 euros; new, it costs around 5,400 euros.
If you think of Panerai, you probably think of the Luminor first. The most distinctive feature of this military diving watch is its crown-protecting bridge, which pushes the crown into the case, sealing it against water. Versions with two hands for the hour and minutes cost around 3,300 euros new. A Luminor 1950, with its case reminiscent of vintage 1950s watches, is available pre-owned starting at 4,400 euros. New versions cost around 5,300 euros.