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A Closer Look At Panerai PAM01385 Radiomir Based On First Prototype

Panerai Radiomir PAM01385

Panerai Radiomir PAM01385

For over a century, Officine Panerai’s illustrious legacy has been intricately entwined with the creation of precision instruments designed to accompany the Italian military in their endeavors. Rooted in this rich heritage, Panerai proudly presents the Radiomir Officine PAM01385—a limited-edition timepiece that pays homage to its roots while embracing contemporary technical expertise.

The Radiomir Officine PAM01385 boasts a polished steel 45mm case and features a brown matte dial with indexes and numerals (at 12:00 and 6:00) illuminated by beige Super-LumiNova® that glows green in the dark. The hour hand, segmented in half, is an iconic feature that dates back to the inception of the Radiomir. A brown leather strap complements the monotone aesthetic, underscoring the rich brown dial, a matte color introduced for the first time in this collection.

Panerai Radiomir PAM01385

The Panerai Radiomir PAM01385 is crafted in stainless steel.

Notable restyled elements include the pared-down dial, which features only the ‘Radiomir Panerai’ inscription, eschewing the collection’s typical OP logo. The case is constructed from monoblock steel and the watch is powered by a  110-part hand-wound P.6000 caliber, offering a three-day power reserve and water resistance up to 10 bar, equivalent to approximately 100 meters. The dark brown Scamosciato calf leather strap is interchangeable with a wide range of colors offered by Panerai. This one in brown with beige stitching beautifully offsets the dial.

This limited-edition timepiece is a tribute to an archival receipt dated October 24, 1935, that commemorates the birth of the first Radiomir prototype. To celebrate this milestone, Panerai is releasing this e-commerce exclusive in a limited edition of 300 pieces. it retails for $5,400.

Panerai Radiomir PAM01385

Just 300 pieces of the Panerai Radiomir PAM01385 will be made.

Panerai’s Past

Panerai’s journey into the world of horology began with a landmark moment in 1916 when Guido Panerai patented a substance called Radiomir—a revolutionary radium-based substance that emitted a distinctive glow, making it invaluable for visibility in the dark. Commissioned by the Royal Italian Navy to make precision instruments, Guido Panerai went to work incorporating the patented material into a timepiece worthy of the military.

Historical documents reveal that the Radiomir prototype was introduced in 1935. It boasted the now-iconic “sandwich” construction has evolved over the years and is still a signature today. The evolution also brought about the crown-protecting device and a new luminous substance known as the Luminor. Originally created exclusively for the military, the Radiomir served Italian forces until the early 1970s, with its designs guarded as closely held military secrets.

In 1992 Officine Panerai ventured into the commercial watch market, unveiling three collections of ten references in limited editions—44 mm Luminor and Luminor Marina watches, and the 42 mm Mare Nostrum chronograph. Radiomir was only made public in 1997 when the Vendome Group – today Richemont Group – acquired Panerai, introducing the first Vendome special edition in sixty pieces – the PAM 21 model in a platinum version.

The brand’s evolution continued with the reopening of the historic boutique in Piazza San Giovanni and the establishment of the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, where the finest Swiss watchmaking met Italian innovation. With a century of innovative instruments developed for performance in response to evolving technical needs, Panerai continues to look towards the future through research, strategic partnerships, sustainability initiatives, and empowering modern heroes.

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