With the Radiomir 1940 Platino Chronograph, PANERAI has formed a great watch with a 45mm diameter which successfully combines tradition and modernity. The hand-wound watch was given a completely redesigned ivory coloured dial, which had been inspired by the naval officer watches of the 1940’s.
The Radiomir Platino PAM 518 Chronograph 1940 from the Florentine watchmaker OFFICINE PANERAI is a combination of Italian design, Swiss watch technology and maritime history.
For its movement, the new Radiomir 1940 Chronograph uses the hand-wound calibre OP XXV, which is a reinterpretation of the Minerva calibre 13-22. The high-quality details include: the Glucydur® balance, the shock protection and the swan neck regulator to fine-tune accuracy. The calibre provides a power reserve of 55 hours. The caseback is made of sapphire glass so you can view this masterpiece of fine watchmaking technology at work. The small power generator fits well into the 45mm wide polished platinum case. Attached to the housing is the screw winding crown with the OP logo. At 2 and 4 o'clock, there are two platinum buttons for further chronograph functions. The watch glass is made of Plexiglas. The PANERAI PAM 518 is water-resistant to a depth of 50 metres.
The Italian designers have designed a completely new ivory dial in the platinum version of the Radiomir 1940 Chronograph. The inspiration for this comes from the company's tradition of watchmaking for the Italian navy, with the original model having been developed in 1943 as the first PANERAI chronograph for navigation purposes for navy divers. The hours and minutes are indicated by dot and dash-shaped fluorescent coated labels. The tachymeter scale occupies the outer ring on the edge of the dial. Internally the big ring has a scale for the seconds as well, which allows an exact reading, to a fifth of a second. On the 3 o'clock position, the sub-dial minute counter is found whilst at 9 o’clock there is the seconds display.
Fine materials and the functional lines of the classic PANERAI 1940’s watches come together in an elegant watch, which is perfect for watch connoisseurs who appreciate understatement. This platinum version of the Radiomir Chronograph 1940 with the reference PAM00518 is available in a limited edition with only 50 pieces and is thus a coveted collector's item.