Originally designed to meet the intense demands of Italian Navy commandos, the Panerai Radiomir 1940 collection represents the evolution of the Radiomir line and has been resurrected by the brand, retaining all of its prestige and classic allure. Among the changes made to the original designs are more secure strap attachments, an enhanced case shape and increased thickness. The watches in this collection vary in size, with case sizes from 42mm through to 48mm. Moreover, the timepieces are robust and resistant to water for up to 100m, ensuring reliability in all conditions with its blend of Italian design and Swiss technological excellence.

Panerai Radiomir 1940 Model History

Launched in 2012, the Panerai Radiomir 1940 collection is a contemporary collection, which pays tribute to the military watches made by Panerai during the 1940s. The main differences between the Radiomir 1940 line and the standard Radiomir models are a more secure strap attachment and a thicker case shape.

The brand itself refers to the 1940 collection as a line of sports watches, although they are dressier than the Luminor models and their vintage appeal means they do not look out of place in more formal settings. Radiomir 1940 watches are available in a variety of different case materials, including stainless steel, rose gold and white gold.


The first Radiomir 1940 Model

Panerai first introduced their Radiomir 1940 case with the release of two special edition models in 2012. The PAM 00398 3 Days 'Oro Rosso' featured a rose gold case, while the PAM 00399 was constructed from 316L stainless steel. Both versions were available in limited numbers, with 100 of each type released to the public.

The new 47mm Radiomir 1940 case had a few key differences from the main Radiomir case. It was thicker, while the lugs and case were were now formed from a single piece of metal, making the strap attachment more secure. Both models also featured a faded brown dial, adding to their vintage aesthetic.

This was then followed by the launch of the Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio PAM00514 and the Radiomir 1940 3 Days Oro Rosso PAM00515, both with 47mm cases. These were made available on a wider release and featured black dials instead of brown, although the faded quality remained. Smaller 42mm versions were also released.


New Panerai Radiomir 1940 Collection

In 2013, the collection was expanded further with the release of the Radiomir 1940 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Oro Rosso (PAM00502) and Oro Bianco (PAM00503). These 45mm models were equipped with a skeletonised version of the calibre P.2004 movement and, as the name suggests, benefited from an eight-day power reserve.

The Oro Rosso was constructed from rose gold, while the Oro Bianco saw the first use of white gold within the Radiomir 1940 collection. The rose gold version featured a brown dial, while the white gold version had a black dial.

At SIHH 2016, Panerai then unveiled the Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM655. This 42mm model became the first timepiece in the collection to feature a white dial. This represented a shift away from the darker colours more typically associated with the Panerai brand, giving the watch a more overtly sporty appearance.