Exclusive Timepieces
7 December 2019 | Monaco | Lot 197

Panerai Limited Editions Radiomir 1940, Art Deco style wristwatch in Steel, Reference PAM790, Rose Gold-Tone Hands and Arabic Numbers

Estimate € 4,000 – 10,000

Sold € 5,070

Model: Radiomir 1940
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: PAM790
Year: 2018
Case N°: 136/500
Caliber: P.3000
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 67258
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 47 mm
Signed: Dial, case, movement
Accessories: Box and papers

Always linked to tradition, Panerai is considered among the most important brand on Italian soil and one of the oldest in the whole horology history. Established in 1860 in the city of Renaissance, Florence, the shape and style of Panerai’s creations were a bit countertrend if compered with the delicacy and levity of the artistic standards of the Tuscan capital. Maybe was this contraposition to fascinate the possible costumers but mainly were the great efficiency and reliability of those watches to attract new buyers. For this reason Panerai became official supplier of the Regia Marina, the Royal Italian Navy, under whose request Panerai created, in 1936, watch resistant to extreme underwater conditions which took name “Radiomir”, a radium-based powder that gives luminosity to the dials of sighting instruments and devices. Many variations and new editions of this model have been produced in these years and one of the last was the Radiomir 1940 PAM 790 Art Deco Dial, such as the present watch. This example is a mix of classicism and innovation: the massive stainless steel case 47mm wide, the square rounded shape and the big lugs represent the typical Panerai feature while the dial is something never seen before. Never seen by common people, because the style of this dial recalls the one of a historic pendulum clock that sat in Panerai’s original boutique in Florence. The flat surface, with Art Deco numerals, the inner double circle, the printed chapter rings and, most of all, the hour and minutes hands are something really groundbreaking for the Italian brand. The lot is offered in almost new old stock conditions with box and original papers and is part of a limited edition composed of 500 pieces of which this watch is the number 136 as expressed by the engraving on the case with crystal back which allows to see the movement. It is powered by the P.3000 caliber, Panerai’s in-house hand-wound movement, packing three days of power reserve. Available in two different series, one with white dial and the other, such as this lot, with black dial, the Radiomir 1940 PAM 790 Art Deco Dial is a cool and innovative representative for Panerai.