The new Radiomir 1940 case has a strongly technical appearance of great aesthetic impact, thanks to the use of a matte black ceramic, synthesised from Zirconium Oxide. Compared to steel – the material of period Panerai watches – ceramic provides higher performance in terms of hardness, lightness and resistance to scratches, corrosive elements and high temperatures.
The fascination of the watch is enhanced by its black dial with its sandwich structure. The dot and bar hour markers contribute to its minimalist design of great simplicity and clarity. The overall modernism of the dial design is elegantly set off by the ecru colour of the Super-LumiNova® used to make the markers luminous, and by the image in relief of the Silura a Lenta Corsa (human torpedo), a reminder that, in spite of its apparently contemporary appearance, the dial too was originally designed at the end of the 1930s for the watches supplied by Panerai to the commandos of the Italian Navy.
The P.3000 hand-wound movement, entirely created in the Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel, can be admired through a large polished sapphire crystal window in the back of the case. The calibre measures 16½ lignes – a size that is characteristic of the period models – and it has wide brush-finished bridges covering the greater part of the wheelwork, a large balance wheel 13.2 mm in diameter and two spring barrels which provide a power reserve of three days. The P.3000 movement also has the device for rapidly adjusting the time, which enables the hour hand to move in jumps of one hour forward or backward, without interfering with the movement of the minute hand or the running of the watch.
The new Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica (PAM00577)is water-resistant to 10 bar (a depth of about 100 metres) and is supplied with a strap of brown untreated leather, with contrasting hand-sewing, and closed by a trapezoidal buckle. Like the case back, the buckle is made of titanium for its non-allergenic properties and it has a DLC (diamond like carbon) coating matching the colour of the case.