The capabilities of the original PANERAI Radiomir have been improved since their original creation in the 1940’s. The result of these continued efforts can be admired in the PAM 512, with its fully polished steel case, a sandwich dial and small seconds. For this elegant and sporty-looking watch Panerai chose a hand-wound calibre of their own development.
The requirements for the Italian navy divers changed over the years. Around 1940, new ideas were flowing through the Florentine workshops, such as the Radiomir from 1936, which should be readable beneath water to serve military operations more effectively. Following these developments, the release straps were created to be removable and more robust. Thus the need to sew the arm band onto the watch's casing became unnecessary, and replacing damaged leather straps also became much simpler.
Rounder forms displayed the cushion-shaped case, in which a now larger, cylindrical and therefore easier to use winding crown has been screwed. The Swiss watchmaker OFFICINE PANERAI maintains the authenticity of the heavy-duty, waterproof up to 10 bar timepiece- the PAM 512. The case diameter of 42mm reinforces the edge of this precious timepiece, which is also an ideal fit for the smaller wrist.
The black, purist sandwich dial and the stainless steel AISI 316L steel follow both functional aspects as well as the Italian design understanding. Both features have strong parallels to the historical model which represented a new way of overcoming the Swiss watch brand in terms of calibre. Even in 1940 the PANERAI Radiomir underpinned Rolex watch movements. The in-house mechanical movement of P.999/1 with 21,600 vibrations/hour, however, was developed and manufactured in our own factory.
In addition to the display for hours and minutes, the calibre drives the small seconds on the 9 o'clock position of the dial. Energy drives the movement by hand elevator and reaches a power reserve of 60 hours. A Glucydur® balance wheel and Incabloc® anti-shock protection are integrated. The interaction of the 144 components can be viewed through the sapphire crystal caseback. A black alligator-skin strap with bright stitching and a polished stainless steel buckle in trapezoidal shape is mounted on the PAM 512.