Panerai is an Italian watch brand highly renowned for the production of exquisite and innovative timepieces. Panerai has contributed many iconic models to the world of horology. And one such timepiece from its menage is, the Panerai Radiomir. The invention of this Panerai diving watch, which is highly popular among prominent celebrities and personalities has been a remarkable achievement in the journey of Panerai.
History of Panerai Radiomir
Founded in the year 1860, in the Italian city, Florence, the Panerai is one of the renowned luxury watch brands. The foundations of this iconic watch brand were laid down by the talented, Giovanni Panerai. The Panerai made its debut with setting up a watchmaker's shop on Ponte alle Grazie in Florence. This was the city's first watchmaking school and workshop. Holding a legacy of successful 159 years, Panerai has kept its followers in a grip by surprising them with new inventions. Sticking firmly to its tagline of "Where ideas come to life" Panerai has left no stone unturned to make a name for itself.
Panerai has inked a beautiful history in the world of horology, traversing through various even and odds in its watchmaking journey. Before 1993, the company was involved in the manufacturing of precision instruments for the Royal Italian Navy. Until this time period it did not produce timepieces for commercial purpose. Even few watch models that it manufactured were only meant for professional use in the navy. Most of the Panerai watches, including the Panerai Radiomir, were exclusively produced for the Italian navy divers.
In the year 1936, Officine Panerai developed a prototype timepiece for the Royal Italian Navy, featuring a screw-down crown and water resistant case back. Soon after the completion of three years after this, the prototype was brought into production. Attributes of this diver watch such as optimal legibility under extreme conditions, due to the coating of a luminous zinc sulphate and radium bromide mesothorium suddenly took the attention of watch enthusiasts.
However, later the regime of the Panerai company was passed on to the founder's grandson, Guido Panerai. During his reigns, Guido(1873–1934) created a patent of luminous chemical mixture, under the head of Guido Panerai Radiomir. But unfortunately, he was unaware of the fact that these radium substances were highly toxic and dangerous due to being radioactive in nature. However, the current Panerai Radiomir models have undergone subsequent changes. And now they are made using completely safe Superluminova material. Design wise the new Panerai Radiomir models are highly reminiscent of the original military watches.
Radiomir - An iconic diving watch
In 1993, Panerai positioned itself to make a public debut. And during this year Panerai released many luxury watch models such as the Panerai Luminor and Panerai Mare Nostrum for the watch enthusiasts. In a bid to expand its commercial space in the market, in 1997, Panerai launched a new Radiomir generation. Initially, these were produced in very limited numbers which were just 60 pieces for the platinum variant. Similar to its original models from 1930s, the new Panerai Radiomir PAM 210 was encapsulated in a case size of 47mm. Further, Panerai went on introducing new updations in the Panerai Radiomir series. As a result of this in subsequent years, newer versions of Radiomir with smaller case size were launched. The distinctive shape and crown of these revamped models garnered the attention of many watch admirers from all around the world.
Presently, the Panerai Radiomir offers you an assortment of options. However, all of the timepieces stay intact to the shape of the original watches. The Panerai Radiomir now comes equipped with the in-house manufactured movements. The popular models from the Panerai Radiomir line of products include Panerai PAM 210 or the simple Panerai Radiomir 8 Days PAM 346 and the Panerai Radiomir Black Seal.
The Panerai Black Seal watches are one of the most celebrated models from the Panerai Radiomir collection. It drives the inspiration from the Panerai 1930s models. The timepieces have been named in accordance with the manned torpedoes which were used back then by the Italian Navy. The first prototype of this model, the Panerai PAM 183, was debuted in the year 2004. Today the Panerai Radiomir collection houses various elegant and highly functional models under its head, such as the Panerai PAM 388, the Panerai PAM 287, and the Panerai PAM 292.
Certainly, the Panerai Radiomir watch has lived up to its name ever since its launch. The very first revamped model of Radiomir 1940's line of series made debut in the year 2012. And within a short span of time, it has attained a top-notch position in the rankings of best dive watches. Panerai still continues to add new attributes to the Panerai Radiomir collection. These iconic timepieces can be paired perfectly with both every day as well as special occasion outfits.
The Panerai Radiomir is without a doubt an icon among watch designs. The Panerai watch models stylistically blend the Italian sense with reliable Swiss precision. The Panerai Radiomir is highly favoured among prominent celebrities and, of course, among the admirers of robust diving watches as well.