Technically, the PANERAI Radiomir Chrono 1940 Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Oro Bianco PAM 503 is a special edition with a power reserve of eight days, a small second function with day and night indicators, two counters and an additional time zone. Only one button controls the chronograph functions of the hand-wound movement. This is located at the 8 o'clock position. The case is 45mm in diameter and is made of 18K polished white gold.
Guido Panerai is known for striving for maximum precision. When the Florentine made diving watches for the operations of the Italian navy, the goal was to meet the highest demands. The luxury brand (which was built up by the former family firm) has not stood still since then, nor has the tradition of striving for perfection been abandoned - that is clearly demonstrated by the PANERAI Radiomir 1940 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Oro Bianco PAM 503. The P.2004/10 calibre with a total of 317 components, Glucydur®-balance, 28,800 alternations per hour and KIF Parechoc® shock protection inspires every Paneristi.
Through the back of the case, which is made of non-reflective sapphire crystal, you will immediately notice a striking feature of this calibre. The bridges and the three spring barrels are beautifully skeletonised. If you opt for the PANERAI PAM 503, then you will get a luxurious combination of precious materials and a highly developed technology. Only PANERAI offers so much luxury with a historically anchored identity.
With regard to the further development from Radiomir toward Luminor, the robustly-crafted Radiomir case from 1940 shows clearly how innovative Panerai was, even in the early years. Based on the legendary Radiomir, PANERAI PAM 503 has fluorescent, sand-coloured markings that facilitate reading the dial in the dark. This function is supported by the patented sandwich construction with two superimposed discs. The jet black upper dial plate with a very classy-looking sunburst decoration and the exuberant purist markings in the form of dots and dashes sets itself apart from the cool white gold case.
At the 3 o'clock-position, there is the minute counter. The optical counterweight to this is the small seconds at 9 o'clock. Between these two displays the power reserve can be tracked on the lower half of the dial. The chronograph hand is positioned centrally. A noble chromatic pulse is exuded by the antique brown alligator-leather strap with beige stitching and the deployant buckle which is mounted on this timepiece. Divers will appreciate the guaranteed water resistance of up to 5 bar. This corresponds to a depth of approximately 50 meters. Thanks to the dial and the fine materials, the watch is also a reliable companion out of the water and will remain a rarity of only 150 pieces, due to its strict limitation.