Officine Panerai is really known for two distinct families of watches—the Radiomir and the The Panerai Radiomir 1940 42mm PAM 512 Replica a seemingly infinite number of variations of these. But looking back in the company’s history, there was a transitional period round about 1940, when the Radiomir case, the one first developed for Italian diving commandos, morphed into what would become the Luminor. Gone were the looped wire strap bars and the onion crown, replaced by integrated beefy horns and a larger screwdown crown, but the half-moon crown protector was not yet on the scene. This transitional panerai radiomir pam 512 replica is what Panerai has recreated in the new PAM00512. And while the 1940 case was introduced last year in a 47mm size, it's now available in 42mm, and that is just awesome.
The PAM 512 Replica is one of the Panerai novelties we really liked this year at SIHH. The standard Radiomir case has gotten a lot of love over the years and has always been the "dressier" Panerai, thanks to its onion crown and slim welded strap loops which are well suited for alligator straps and wear with a dress shirt. The Radiomir 1940 is really a Luminor without the crown protector and essentially is a third family of cases for the brand, as we explained last April. This variation splits the difference and works well as a sports watch but can still clean up alright. The familiar cushion case works well on its own without the Luminor’s crown protector, making it a little less brutish and a little more versatile.
This year, Panerai Replica introduced two PAM 512 Rep novelties in two sizes and two metals. While the 47-millimeter PAM00514 (and red gold PAM00515) may be truer to its ancestral inspiration, the PAM00512 is a refreshingly more wearable 42 millimeters, which answers a common critique of Panerai, that its watches are just too damn big. 42 millimeters is a great size for a sports watch and works on just about any wrist size. The “Oro Rosso” version, the PAM00513, is equally handsome, as we’ve always thought red gold works well on the Radiomir watches.
Other than the case dimensions, the movements are different between the 42mm and 47mm Radiomir 1940 panerai pam 512 replica for sale watches. The latter makes use of Panerai’s P.3000 handwound calibre with the three day power reserve while the former is fitted with the P.999 hand-cranked movement, which has a still-respectable 60-hour power reserve but also has the distinction of being Panerai’s slimmest movement. This translates into the PAM00512 being the sveltest Panerai to date in all dimensions.