Ever since it came out, I’ve wanted to get a Panerai Radiomir 1940 replica. I had to wait for a while because I couldn’t find one that’s good enough. Recently, one my favorite website added the Swiss version of the model and I couldn’t help but buy it. Here it’s its review.
Launched in 2014, this Panerai definitely has a more retro feel than the other creations. These vintage inspired chronographs are available in three colors: rose gold, silver and black. I chose the silver one because it was the one that had the most appeal to me.
The first Panerai chronograph was first introduced in 1943, and it was the Radiomir Mare Nostrum, created for the Italian navy’s deck officer. It is now overpriced and couldn’t find that one as a replica. Luckily, I was able to find the replica for the newest chronograph. This watch is part of the 1940 Radiomir line. This Radiomir Panerai replica features a cushion shape and has simple, elegant lines. It’s a limited edition watch, which makes it even more unique. Comparing it with the other designs, it’s obvious that, with this one, they’re trying something different, and I must say I really like it. I’ve always been a fan of replica panerai watches, but this one is the best yet.
Panerai Radiomir 1940 Replica- Look & Feel
As I was mentioning, there are three versions of this model: Oro Bianco, Platino and Oro Rosso. The Platino version one is by far my favorite, and that’s why I chose to buy this one. It feels less crowded than the other, even if there aren’t many differences between their elements. The dial is ivory, and it features luminous dot hour markers. This combination gives it a vintage feel. The hands feature a syringe style. Both these and the tachymeter scale accentuate the vintage feel.
The center seconds are blue, and the matching minute register hand matches it. The hour hands add some color to it, with a vintage yellow. On the dial, you will also find a two register chronograph system. It displays running seconds and a 30-minute chronograph measure, showing its seconds centrally. On the right side of the case, you will find the winding crown and two more push buttons that control the chronograph functions. All of these buttons are working properly.
Regarding the looks and feel, I can easily say that this watch replicates even the tiniest detail you will find on the authentic piece. One element that looks slightly different is the color of the strap. The one on the original is a lighter brown, while this is just a hint darker. Besides this, it’s close to perfection. Even the back of the case looks like the original and, usually, from my experience, the back cases aren’t given importance. This one is pretty detailed, so I wouldn’t be afraid to show someone that known Panerai watches the back case. The weight of the watch feels right and its size as well. It’s one of those bulky watches that I have a thing for.
Panerai Radiomir 1940 Replica- Movement
The movement on the original is a Minerva 13-22 movement. It has been connected with Panerai since the 1920s. On this replica, the movement quality is Swiss, and the type is Kinetic. The precision is higher on the Swiss watches, and I noticed this once I got my first Swiss, not too long ago. That’s when I decided to add some more Swiss quality timepieces to my wrist watches for men collection, especially if I truly like the model. Luckily, since this watch is automatic, I don’t need to wind it. During the past week, when I wore it, I didn’t notice it to loose time.
Panerai Replica Radiomir- The Fold
Since this model is a limited-edition one and each model comes only in 100 exemplars, I am satisfied with my Panerai Radiomir 1940 replica. And this isn’t the only reason. This replica Panerai 1940 is top-notch. From all my replica Panerai watches, this one is the best one yet. Let me know what are your thoughts on this design and the quality of this replica.