Panerai Radiomir PAM 721 Anonimous Dial Kampfschwimmer Special Edition 47mm
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When I first saw images of this new logo-free Radiomir with its so-called “Anonimo” dial, I knew that it was something pretty darn cool that needed to be shared. This is a big watch at 47mm, but it’s that big for a reason. This watch is essentially a reissue of the Panerai Reference 3646 from the 1940’s. And of those watches, the versions with unsigned dials for which a history is known were used by German military combat swimmers. Such dials are in fact known as “Kampfschwimmer” (combat swimmer) watches, by Panerai enthusiasts, for that reason.That watch, which was made solely for military issue, was 47mm as well.
As you can see in the picture above, there’s no logo on the dial, a minimalist detail that makes for a squeaky-clean design. What we have is black sandwich dial with faux aged lume that is intended to recall early radium numerals. The hands are blued and look basically identical to those found on the original, with the hour hand bisected by an additional piece of blued steel. The watch is bold, graphic, and super cool. From across a room, you’d be forgiven for thinking someone was wearing a super rare ref. 3646 (albeit one in very good condition).
According to Panerai CEO Angelo Bonati, this is only the second instance of a modern Panerai (i.e. from the post-Vendome era) with an unsigned dial – the other being the PAM 448 with its California dial that mixes Roman and Arabic numerals. Bonati says that Panerai made its original unsigned dials for the Italian Navy during World War II so that if watches were captured by the Allies, the manufacturer wouldn’t be easily identifiable.
Furthermore, Panerai opted for this very minimalist design to put forward a pure expression of its design codes in a watch highlighting the company’s sponsorship of the Design/Miami design fair, a partnership that is now entering its third year. “This is a design object,” Bonati notes.
When you flip the case over, you start to notice that this is definitely a modern watch. Most notably, there is the in-house P.3000 movement looking back at you through the sapphire caseback. This is a manually-wound caliber with three days of power reserve, coming via two spring barrels. The P.3000, which beats at 21,600 vph, has proven itself to be a solid workhorse for Panerai since the company first announced it seven years ago. Its large size (a diameter of 16 1/2 lignes) helps to fill out the large case nicely. This watch’s vintage inspiration, of course, came with a manually-wound Rolex movement inside.
Incredible Special Edition Pam 721 with Anonymous Dial and limited to 1000 Pieces! A Complete Special Edition Box Set that comes with everything you see in the pictures including an additional Panerai light brown leather strap that matches the markers on the dial!
MODEL: Radiomir 3 Days Pam 721 Limited Edition #457/1000
MOVEMENT: Swiss Manual Wind Caliber P.3000
CASE: Stainless Steel
CROWN: Screw Down
DIAL: Black Anonymous Dial with blued steel hands
BEZEL: Non rotating
CONDITION: Pre owned – As-New & Virtually unworn!
BOXES/PAPERS: Complete Special Edition Box Set with everything you see in the pictures!
WATER RESISTANCE: – 100m
STRAP/BRACELET: – 2 – Original Panerai Chocolate Brown leather strap with correct Panerai Tang buckle & Additional Panera light brown leather strap that matches the markers on the dial!
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