Panerai Radiomir PAM00721. Limited edition of 1000 pieces. 47mm diameter polished steel case. Water resistant to 100 meters. Hand-wound mechanical, P.3000 calibre movement 16½ lignes, 5.3 mm thick, 21 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 72 hours. Black sandwich dial with luminous arabic numeral markers. Sapphire crystal see through back. Brown leather strap with beige stitching and steel buckle. Pre-Owned, unworn. Box and papers. PAM721.
Watch in Focus
Debuted at the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva 2017, the PAM 721 was a undeniable nod to Panerai’s military watchmaking past. Based on the Panerai reference 3646, a strictly military issue piece, this re-imagining maintains the simplistic elegance of the original, whilst updating it where it matters.
The reference 3646 was a watch made notorious due to it use by the German “Kampfschwimmer” (combat swimmer) during the second world war. From the summer of 1944, this special marine unit was used by the Nazi’s in an attempt to slow down the Allied advance, by destroying bridges and other iver navigation infrastructure.
The Kampfschwimmer’s were trained by the ‘Decima Flottiglia MAS’, which was an Italian frogman unit, and were given submersible Panerai watches. These early Panerai watches featured the ‘anonymous’ dial, bearing neither the makers or model name, and now, as then, the PAM 721 features a dial bearing only hour markers.
Originally powered by a Rolex movement, the re-imagined model uses Hand-wound mechanical, P.3000 calibre movement, backed by a power reserve of 72 hours. Limited to just 1,000 pieces and a salute to Panerai’s past, this excuisite watch caused a stir on its release, and is an essential part of any enthusiasts collection.