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Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio Watch Hands-On

Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai can often get some flack for producing watches that are a bit too similar looking through their model lines, which can often make it hard for a “non-Paneristi” to actually distinguish between many of them. This year at SIHH, Panerai debuted four new Radiomir 1940 GMT watches (Hands-on with those here), but they also released another Radiomir 1940 watch that is actually a “first” for the brand. The Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio (PAM00655) watch is, as our David Bredan covered here, the first white dial Radiomir 1940 watch. It’s a great-looking piece that will have appeal to the Paneristi who wants something a little different in their collection, fans of white-dial watches, or people who just appreciate great design. It definitely appeals to the entire aBlogtoWatch team, as it made our Top 10 watches from SIHH 2016 list.

Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Personally, I find the size of 42mm watches to be a sweet spot, and I’m really glad Panerai chose to bring the white dial to a watch as broadly appealing and wearable as this Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio. I also appreciate that it’s just under 11mm high on the wrist, giving it presence without being blocky. The familiar cushion-shaped case is complete with off-center small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and numeric indicators for the hours. Something I really love about some of their white-dialed watches is Panerai’s decision to use dots and numerical indicators for the 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 o’clock positions. Scanning the circumference of the dial almost makes it look like the 12, 3, and 6 o’clock indicators are popping out as if viewing from a magnifying glass. Fortunately, legibility on the dial is not affected by using the white dial and it’s easy to read.

Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Through the sapphire case back you’ll get a view of the in-house P.4000 movement, which operates at 28,800 vph (4 Hz). As the name suggests, the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio has a three-day power reserve, which will be the minimum power reserve on all forthcoming in-house movements by Panerai. As David noted when the watch was announced, this is a great minimum power reserve because you can leave your watch off for a weekend and come back with it still ticking. It’s an actual practical benefit to have this, so it would be sagacious for other brands to follow suit.

Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio Watch Hands-On Hands-On

One reason why fans of Panerai get hooked on the brand is due to the distinctive and unmistakable styling that’s shared by the Luminor and Radiomir lines, as well as the Luminor 1950 and Radiomir 1940 lines. The dark dial is definitely a part of the “Panerai look” and, as I mentioned before, I find it unlikely that someone will get this as their first Panerai. Rather, it’ll probably add to a collection. Then again, it could draw in buyers who were on the fence but prefer the white dial a lot more. This is when you know the design is successful; it’s familiar, yet unique to the brand’s aesthetic, but still has a wide appeal to the larger watch buying community.

Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The watch comes on an untreated leather strap with contrast stitching, which looks great and has a handsome quality to it. I really like that the stitching just about matches the brown/beige color of the hands and hour dots. Moving on to the case, the word acciaio is Italian for “steel,” which the watch case looks great in. On the crown you’ll find the signature “OP” logo which will be familiar to anyone who has a seen a Panerai. And, naturally, as Panerai used to make dive watches made for the Italian Navy, water resistance is a respectable 100 meters.


Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio (PAM00655) is a great-looking white-dial watch that will likely please fans of the brand, and maybe even lure in a few new people to the brand. The asking price for the watch is an even $10,000, which is right in line with what you’d expect to pay.

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  • iamcalledryan

    Although I would choose a black dial, this is one of my favorite Panerai models. The regular crown (sans guard), the ticker lugs than the usual wire for radiomir, and the micro-rotor all go towards making this thing a winner for me.

  • As much as I like to poke fun at Panerai’s seeming inability to do anything except churn out 1100 variations on a theme, this one’s a looker. I disagree, Bilal, that one would most likely not buy this model as one’s first Panerai. This would be the ONLY Panerai I would buy. Not at ten grand, though. That’s just siIIy. The PAM572 goes for about $7000 with the exact same movement.

    • Sam Anderson

      My thoughts exactly. I’m a white dial fan and I love the size. This would be my only Panerai.

      My only quibble is priority and size of the word Radoimir, and the unimpressive “automatic” sitting by itself.

    • Merckel

      Used? Panerai PAM572 is $10,200 direct.

      • Direct? You mean MSRP? No one pays MSRP for luxury watches.

        • Merckel

          You were implying the PAM 572 was less money than the PAM 655. It’s not; it’s more money (MSRP vs. MSRP), or do you like comparing apples with oranges (MSRP vs. Street price). Sheesh.

          • I see what you’re saying, but there is no “street price” of the 655 as of yet; however the article has a listed price of “an even $10,000”. The Panerai website does not. I’m not exactly sure where Mr. Khan came up with the “even $10,000” figure. So right now, the 572 is less money than the 655. Doesn’t really matter, as both offerings are $5000 watches on the pre-owned market anyway. Watch sales forums are filled with buyer’s remorse.

  • Richard Baptist

    like the movement, not a fan of the white dial or the layout. Maybe if it was a white sandwich dial? Not a fan of the price either. I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either.

  • hatster

    I loved everything about this review, Bilal, till the price. Watches are such a personal thing and I really like the way all the elements of this watch come together. Would I buy it? yes. Can I afford to buy it, not right now…I wish I could. I like the idea of owning watches that are all very different to each other and this one would fit nicely for me. I’ll just have to wait for the giveaway on this particular model, stunning as it is….

  • outremer

    Really nice, I find the price hardly justifiable though.

  • Mark Baran

    I like it. Nice dial aesthetics, great size, paired with great strap leather. Not sure about the $10K price point. Not sure about the movement at this point. I am interested in acquisition, but will wait a bit and see how the movement performs over time before I sink that kind of money into one.

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    It is clear to me that this is an $18,000 watch.

    • Marius

      I tend to agree with you. $10,000 is a price clearly intended to attract the lower middle class. Now, as everyone knows, once the lower middle class buys your product Panerai can say farewell to the high end market.

  • Luciano Oliveira

    Strong choice if you already have other Panerai and want to add something a bit different to your collection. However, as most other Panerai, the price vs. value equation is hard to buy given the materials used (steel) and no movement complications…

  • Beefalope

    What does Panerai’s one designer do all day?

    • Marius

      He watches movies with Sylvester Stallone.

  • benjameshodges

    Any Panerai owners here? Do you tire of seeing new Panerai releases that supersede what you have or do you enjoy seeing new models? Asking because there is such little variation but it would infuriate me if there was a new slightly different model that looked better all the time. Greener grass mentality.

    • Luciano Oliveira

      I see it the other way around. Since the changes are small even if you bought your Panerai 10 years ago it still looks fresh. And anyway, what’s wrong with vintage? 🙂

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      Panerai owners such as me get as upset over the new models as I as a Rolex owner get upset over new Rolex models.

      • Roma KLM

        I guess Panerai tends to copy Rolex’s policy.

  • funkright

    $10K? Really? There are soo many other choices with grander aspirations and better complications within a few $k +/- a few 1000… Why would someone buy this? I like Panerai, having owned a few, but this is just a coattails product at best.

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      Based on your snivelling over a ten spot, it’s clear the only “Panerais” you owned were made in a sweat shop in China.

      • commentator bob

        To be fair Parnis was the first to offer a white dial Rolex Oyster cushion homage.

  • Phil Dix

    buy an czaptek for that price instead of a panerai

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      What’s a “czaptek”? See — nobody knows what that is. How can you possibly impress anybody with cxapt-whatever?

      • Phil Dix

        thats because you are not a connoisseur…

        • Marius

          He’s not a connoisseur you say? What are you talking about? Clymer Benjamin has single-handedly created the market for vintage Rolex and Pateks! Clymer Benjamin has single-handedly advised celebrities such as Jay Z and John Mayer! Clymer Benjamin has even single-handedly furnished the Hodinkee office on 5th Avenue.

  • ConElPueblo

    “…an even $10,000, which is right in line with what you’d expect to pay”

    This has to be one of the most politically correct sentences I have ever seen. Good job!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Why is this piece of nonsense so expensive ?

    • commentator bob

      They need to charge consumers a lot to make up for the lost sales from the Italian military no longer considering their watches acceptable.

  • Sevenmack

    Better the Panerai than the Atelier de Chronometrie crap that is being sold for triple the price.


    looks nice 42mm is a decent compromise. A decent macro shot of the movement would be nice to see though. 10K is whatever it is, a round number some marketing person at Panerai landed on but instead of saying that it is what one would expect to pay it would be best to talk about what the watch offers for the price aside from sapphire crystal an in house movement and a 3 day PR which is nothing to drum about.

  • Boogur T. Wang

    As pictured, this would be the only Panerai I would even give the slightest consideration to owning.
    But also, IMO, it is certainly not worth USD$10k.

  • Ulysses31

    Ignoring the repetitive nature of the company, and whether or not you like the distinctive styling, this is a fine watch with an attractive clear dial. The price is steep for what you actually get but that is as much a Panerai trait as the styling itself.

  • LorenzoZanirato

    One of the best panerai I could buy . Now, if only they take away that stupid, gross, font wise nonsensical


    than it would be really perfect. Really.

  • Frits van der Veer

    I juts visited (lucky me) the flag-store in Florence. Got myself a booklet on the brand and tried on some of the watches. In person the watches are much more delicate than a photo gives them credit for. (For this brand i have to look away from their Military past, specially around the mussolini period, but will do that for now.)

    What struck me was the “swiss made” mark on their watches. Why would a Florentine brand not be proud of their Florentine heritage. I would advice Panerai to chance that Swiss made to Italian made or even Firenze/Florence Made. Go back to the roots. Even though the movements might not be fully/not al all made in Italy, it does do the brand more good than harm. Take full advantage of the Italian style and the florentine history.

    If you ever are able to visit Florence, please do. It has the highest amount of art/km^2.

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