The PAM 587 Panerai Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare 3 Days Acciaio in stainless steel launched at the September 2014 Watches & Wonders exhibition in Hong Kong features “historic details” like those once made for the Italian Navy.
In the historical Radiomir divers’ wristwatch made by Panerai, its case diameter was 47mm thereby resulting in a large dial and with its “auto-luminescent hands and numerals… made it easily legible in all light conditions,” as stated in the book La Panerai di Firenze by Dino Zei.
The 2014 PAM 587 is also housed in a 47mm case, which according to the brand, is “the standard size for watches made for the commandos of the Navy because they had to be worn over a wet suit.”
The dial structure comprises “superimposed discs with Super-Luminova between them”; in other words, it is a sandwich dial. One reason why the PAM 587 is special is because there is no Panerai branding on its black dial which instead has the words “Marina Militare” inscribed on it.
The Italian words “Marina Militare” means Navy when translated to English. The “Marina Militare” inscription on the upper half of the dials of historical Panerai watches followed the request of the Italian Navy and such divers’ wristwatches were made exclusively for them from the 1930s to the early 1950s.
Panerai made reproductions of these watches with such designs in 1993. [Source: La Panerai di Firenze by Dino Zei.]
Between the lugs of the PAM 587 Panerai Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare 3 Days Acciaio, one will be able to read the model number of the watch (PAM00587) and its case reference number.
Instead of sapphire crystal, a slightly cambered Plexiglas is used and a spare can be found in the pear wood watch presentation box.
Take note of the pointed hour and minute hands on the PAM 587 as these are similar to those found on historical models.
The PAM 587 Panerai Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare 3 Days Acciaio is powered by the brand’s in-house P.3000 manual-winding movement which has three days of power reserve once fully wound. The movement is visible from the rear as the watch has a sapphire crystal display case back.
The PAM 587 is a special edition model that is limited to 1,000 pieces.