During the SIHH 2010, Officine Panerai introduced the PAM339, a Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni (=days) in 47mm. A watch that reverts to historical models using state-of-the-art techniques for manufacturing watch cases. The composite material is a result of ceramization of aluminium and is harder and lighter than steel or titanium for instance. As you can see in the picture below, the matt brown of the watch case is in tune with the brown of the sandwich dial and strap in vintage leather. Panerai definitely knows how to please its following of enthusiasts.
The movement of the new Radiomir Composite Marina Militare PAM00339 is caliber P2002/7, an in-house handwound movement developed by Officine Panerai. Three barrels ensure that it can deliver 8 days of power, the same ‘feature’ Panerai watches of the 1940s had. This watch is – like many other Panerai watches – a limited edition and only 1,500 pieces have been manufactured.
With this PAM339, Panerai pays homage to the historical link with the Italian Navy, to which Officine Panerai was an official supplier. In 1998 and 2005, Panerai created Luminor Marina Militare watches to commemorate this long lasting relationship.