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Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 Watch For SIHH 2016

Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 Watch For SIHH 2016 Watch Releases

The Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 is among the first pre-SIHH 2016 releases. It is no news that every year, Panerai debuts a number of new iterations and variations of its tried and proven designs – what is more surprising, though, is that even from what might appear to be a somewhat limited number of ingredients to work with, there still is room for firsts.

As such, the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 is the first Radiomir 1940 with a white dial, mixing this more restrained, elegant case design that all Radiomir 1940 watches have with a white dial that lends it a more sporty appearance. White-dial Panerai watches have been around for as long as one can remember, but they remain relatively rare, as most models from the brand feature darker colored dials. The crisp white dial of the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 has large Arabic numerals printed all around its periphery with the exception of the 9 o’clock position where the sub-dial for the running seconds is located.

Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 Watch For SIHH 2016 Watch Releases

Its 42-millimeter-wide case is in steel (as the term Acciaio, which stands for steel in Italian, implies in its model name), and in line with Panerai’s 1940- and 1950-marked collections, features a cushion case with rather beautifully curved case profiles and straight lugs. The latter were originally designed in, you guessed it, 1940, replacing the wire lugs which were used in previous versions – and of course, in today’s “normal” Radiomir models, like this engraved version we checked out hands-on here.

Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 Watch For SIHH 2016 Watch Releases

The movement inside the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 is the in-house manufactured P.4000 movement that runs at 4 Hertz and, thanks to its double, series-coupled barrels, provides 3 full days of power reserve. That means that you can take the watch off on Friday night and put it back on on Monday morning with it still keeping accurate time – a feature we would love to see from all new manufacture movements coming from luxury watch brands.

Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 Watch For SIHH 2016 Watch Releases

Speaking of which, Panerai says that the 3-day power reserve is the new standard for all its in-house movements, meaning that all present and upcoming manufacture movement-equipped Panerai watches will have enough go-juice for at least 72 hours. The P.4000 movement with micro-rotor is impressively thin, coming in at just 3.95mm thick, allowing the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 to be 10.93 millimeters thick all cased up with sapphire crystals front and back.

Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 Watch For SIHH 2016 Watch Releases

Panerai likes to refer to the Radiomir 1940 as a sports watch, and with 100 meters of water resistance and such a bright, high-contrast white dial, the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 does indeed have a sportier look – with that said, the Radiomir collection in general remains the dressier alternative to Panerai’s Luminor series of watches, and the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 strikes an interesting balance between sporty and elegant. Price for the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655 has been confirmed to be $10,000 – that actually is a bit less than some other Radiomir 1940 pieces equipped with the same caliber. panerai.com

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  • iamcalledryan

    Really like this movement.

    • MEddie90

      I’ve been a fan of the panerai inhouse stuff for a while now. sturdy construction, tried and true design philosophy as-well as a level of finishing that really suits the character of the watch well, it looks nice but is understated.

      Plus they have the capability to put together some pretty impressive designs with large power reserves that make the most of the over-sized cases and decently executed complications (like their regatta timer chrono).

      The only thing that really puzzles me however is the balance wheel in these pieces is often quite small. I’m not sure why they choose this over the larger balances which have several technical advantages.

      • iamcalledryan

        Re the balance wheel, it is certainly small, even when you ignore the case. It’s 4Hz which is fast, but I have seen larger wheels on 4Hz movements. It is not the most basic of wheels, being that it has poising screws, but it is not fancy for an in-houser.

        My guess is that it has a higher amplitude than a larger wheel.

        IMO the benefits of larger balance wheels are offset by their shortcomings (shock-sensitivity and greater positional influence). But you can’t deny how attractive the larger ones are.

        • MEddie90

          Its true I guess that balance wheel size is a give and take. It optimizes the inertia to weight ratio (and looks pretty darn gorgeous) but has other negatives I hadn’t considered. I know Rolex use a larger balance in their pieces which run at he same 4Hz rate.

          The wheel itself is certainly no gyromax but the poising screws seem to be useful. Adjustable masses are only really needed on free-sprung pieces though so I guess there’s no point in anything extravagant.

          • egznyc

            Remember, it’s not the size that matters, but what one does with it 😉

          • Inchworms around the world applaud your sentiment!

          • egznyc

            I think glow worms, however, deserve more credit, based on this sentiment. And just to be sure it’s not a complete non sequitur, let’s consider the glow worm the equivalent of a lumed-up inch worm.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Me too – mainly because of the microrotor.

      • iamcalledryan

        I am a sucker for the micro-rotor.

  • BrJean

    White dial, (almost) full set of numbers and minute marks! It’s difficult to dislike this piece. Nice idea with lume dots too.

  • Shinytoys

    This watch doesn’t do a thing for me…

  • frustin

    i actually like this one. i’m not a fan of the white dial but this is really nice.

    EDIT just realised no date complication. boo

  • wallydog2

    Sure is…white!

  • DanW94

    Good size at 42mm. I like the Radiomir line, with it’s absence of that cumbersome crown guard. It’s classy but sporty enough if you’re dressed down. Don’t really like this white dial though.

  • $650

    You know, to scratch the itch until the Christmas bonus comes through.

  • SuperStrapper

    If there was a version of this watch where the dial was olive and everything else was the exact same, same, might go out and buy it tomorrow. I don’t have a 1940 case Panerai, but I’ve tried Tham , and really like how it looks on the wrist, but I’ve never seen one with a dial that I love.

  • Marius

    I like this new Panerai movement. The dial, however, doesn`t really impress me. Moreover, the thickness is not bad, but considering that this is a simple watch, almost 11 mm is pretty thick. For instance, a JLC Master Calendar, which actually costs less than this Panerai, is just 10.4 mm thick, while featuring the day, date, month, and moon phase complication.

    • iamcalledryan

      I get why the JLC would want a slim profile as it is a dress watch, but the Radiomir has always been more of a larger tool case. It isn’t about being able to make it thin because of the simple movement, it is specifically not trying to be thin.

  • I don’t care for the white dial – I guess I’m too used to seeing dark dials on Panerais. The 1940 case is my favorite Pan case (no dainty wire lugs and no Invicta sized crown guard).

    I was about to bemoan that 3.95 mm is not that thin for an automatic (the ETA 2892 is 3.60 mm and includes date) but then I stopped to wonder if the 2 barrel setup is adding any thickness.
    Anyway, good on Panerai for making 3 days their minimum power reserve going forward for in-house calibers.

    The insane $11.5K price? Sure makes those just reviewed Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon watches seem a lot more reasonable for only a grand more.

    • I was going to ask about pricing; for a non-chronograph, steel watch, this pricing is absolutely insane.

    • Boogur T. Wang

      Finally, a Panerai that I actually like and would wear. I, personally, like the white dial. It provides a touch of ‘difference’ that is refreshing and legible. Also like the case without the “wire lugs” that is a hallmark, if not a trademark, of the Panerai fanclub.
      Much agree about the ridiculousness (?) of the price. But they will sell all they make.

      • I like white dials generally. Maybe it’s the vintage colored lume that ruins it for me, I dunno. But I guess the lume color works with the distressed strap. Maybe its one of those watches that is much more compelling in person.

        • mtnsicl

          All good watches are!

        • egznyc

          I know what you mean. We don’t expect Panerai to put out a white dial. And since when does that make a watch sportier? This IS a sporty watch, but not BECAUSE of its white dial. Of course, I’d prefer one that actually had fully lumed numerals, if we want really good legibility. Oh, and why don’t we knock the final zero off the price while we’re at it.

      • egznyc

        Truly is ridiculous – the price, that is. I’d also prefer fully lumed numerals, but maybe that would sacrifice a little daytime legibility.

  • TrevorXM

    I like how there will be no Chinese sweatshop knock-offs of this micro-rotor Panerai. And it’s a great looking watch. It is amazing how Panerai can continue to sell watches at three or four times their value, but somehow people keep buying them, so they do!

  • sfbaydawg221

    Can’t wait for the 115 dollar Parnis version of this watch.

    • Berndt Norten

      Is that you, Skeletor?

      • sfbaydawg221

        No. Unlike him I don’t mind a Swiss watch.

        • Berndt Norten

          OK, good! Sorry for the suggestion. There’s a new post on Grand Seiko…I wonder if it will draw him out of the woodwork

          • I_G

            You mean out of his parents’ basement?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    $11.500 and no date …………..i’ll pass

  • Berndt Norten

    I like the white dial too. Maybe that’s because I’m a sucker for the Rolex Explorer II, which goes for… about 4k less? In any case, it’s a beautiful watch. It’s not a great value, though. I agree with Mark Carson that this represents a departure (not the first) from the Panerai house style. But let’s do a ‘veil of ignorance’ test. Imagine you were allotted this watch, brand-free, Aussie cigarette packaging style. Would u like it? If so, then buy it.

  • Laurens W. Floyd Jr.

    Is that dial Grand fru do you think?

    • SuperStrapper

      I assume you mean Grand Feu, and there is no way.

      • iamcalledryan

        It looks enamel, and it would help support the price, but you would think they would headline it if it was…

        • David Bredan

          I am absolutely sure it isn’t enamel; it’s probably a white lacquered dial instead 🙂

  • egznyc

    Well if I’m going to get a nice cushion cased watch in a reasonable 42mm size, with no crazy crown guard and a white dial no less, I might as well find something that isn’t so outrageously inflated in price. I just don’t care about having a watch that says “Panerai” on it. But it is an attractive watch, and even sports a micro-rotor!

  • Lurch

    Nice looking movement, but no date complication. Panerai’s all look the same/similar to me.

  • Daniel

    How can a watch company so hated on do this well? I guess its the WUS’s vs. the rest.

  • I am not a Paneristo, but this is one of the few Panerai that I could see myself donning, if anything because of its modest dimensions. The attention to details, like the polished hands shaft and the elegantly proportioned numerals of varying sizes, as well as the impeccable finish, are rather alluring. Such beauty and technical achievements, like the reserve and micro rotor, are rare combinations. What is between us is its anything but modest price.

  • I_G

    White dial Panerai… Strange.