To most casual watch observers, almost all Panerai Replica watcheslook basically the same.These design traits include generously sized cushion-shaped cases, minimalist dials with a mix of Arabic numerals and stick hour markers, plenty of lume, and prominent winding crowns.
Today, Panerai makes three main case shapes: Luminor, Radiomir, and Submersible.Fake Panerai will often include the name of the main model on the dial of the watch.
If the name of the model is not on the dial, then the quickest way to distinguish the specific Panerai Replica model you have is by looking at the case and winding crown.
Panerai Radiomir copy watches do not have any crown guards around the winding crown. The standard Radiomirs include a conical winding crown and thin wire lugs while the Radiomir 1940 models have a cylindrical winding crown and thicker lugs.
First released in 1938 for the Royal Italian Navy, the earliest Panerai Radiomir Replica displayed archetypal characteristics of brand, from the rounded Arabic numerals at the cardinal points to the luminous ‘sandwich’ dial for extra legibility in the dark.
The patented substance called Radiomir, for which the Replica Watchitself got its name, was eventually banned and replaced with significantly less toxic Luminor material in 1949. Sound familiar? They created an entirely new watch around that luminous compound too.
The first Fake Panerai Radiomir was reference 3646 and clocked in at 47mm with that signature, waterproof stainless steel cushion-shaped case with Arabic numeral, a sandwich dial with the radioactive Radiomir, wire lugs, and a sturdy leather strap.
The crown was smaller but featured a serrated pattern for easy maneuvering. The first Radiomir copy watches were also produced by Rolex, featuring a manually-wound calibre 618 movements.
What set this particular Panerai Radiomir apart were new elements like a marked bezel for calculating immersion time and a crown guard mechanism which we now know and associate with the Luminor.