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.
Panerai Replica in the early twentieth century, they were refining the technologies they could offer in their timepieces. Their primary focus was experimenting with luminous materials to increase the legibility of the dial in any conditions. Eventually, they landed on a combination of zinc sulfide and radium bromide. They called this substance Fake Radiomir Watches, and filed a patent in 1916. Still, it we wouldn’t see the first prototype for a Radiomir watch until two decades later.
The original model featured a number of the characteristics we continue to see in the Radiomir today. It boasted an oversized 47mm case, hand-wound mechanical movement, and water-resistant strap. This spurred them to go back to work on refining the luminous substance. The result of those efforts was the development of a new material they called Panerai Luminor Replica. While this spurred an all-new collection, the updated Radiomir remained in production.
Almost all adornments on the Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Replica Watches are dedicated to Firenze: the dial, the case profile, the largest movement plate, and even the straps feature the Florentine Lily, which has been present on Florence’s coat of arms for almost a thousand years – worry not, I don’t just know these kinds of things.
The 316L stainless steel Radiomir case is a hefty 47 millimeters wide and is spec’d to have 100 meters of water resistance – I’m looking at you and your measly 30 meters, Luminor Due! The engraving is performed by the same engraver all over the case and takes the master craftsman one week to complete the decoration of a single Cheap Panerai Replica.
Anyhow, the satiné soleil finished sandwich dial boasts gold-filled engravings of Radiomir Panerai at 12 and the lily as well as the word “Firenze” above the 6 o’clock position. Here, the lily is a new addition over the previous version.
So what’s actually really new, aesthetically at least, is the decorated Panerai Replica Watchescaliber – and we must say it does look rather amazing. The bridges and cocks feature a heavily decorated ring on their outer edges, while the inner segment of the movement tries to keep aesthetic balance with geometric lines and a large lily symbol in relief. Contrary to the case, the movement’s parts were engraved not by hand but by laser.
The result is an interesting contrast between the visual effects achieved by hand and by modern technology. The overall design of the movement’s decoration appears to nicely complement that of the case, with alternating brighter, brushed upper surfaces and darker, frosted recessed surfaces. It probably goes without saying that the performance of the Panerai Replica hand-wound movement remains unaffected: it still runs at 3 Hertz or 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour and offers 3 days of power reserve thanks to the combination of two mainspring barrels.
The Panerai Replica Swiss Movement appears to be a great follow-up piece for the PAM604, the engraved movement really completes this stunning and intricate look. The apparently unmodified patterns on the case still work beautifully with the classic lines of the Radiomir case, but not offering something new may come across as a missed opportunity for some – and perhaps as welcome consistency for others.