Panerai Radiomir Black Seal PAM 183

Par Florian Matrion, le 4 juin 2010
Radiomir Black Seal PAM 183
Radiomir Black Seal PAM 183
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Reminiscence of historical models of Panerai, the Black Seal is a watch with enchanting simplicity, readable and well designed. Review troops.
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L'avis de la rédaction
67.5/100
Note des internautes
73/100

Reminiscence of historical models of Panerai, the Black Seal is a watch with enchanting simplicity, readable and well designed. Review troops.

 

Just for the anecdote

In the 1940's, some Italian partners had the mission to woo young British ladies on Mediterranean vacation.

Furrowing furtively the lanes of Alexandria or La Valette, driving a two-place scooter, the Latin wore Rolex with the shape of a cushion and that has been modified by Panerai.

The Florentine firm underlined the markers with a special luminescent paste called the Radiomir.
Essential to chronometer their performances in the smoky backrooms, the
Panerai watches have entered history thanks to these transalpine heroes.

At least, this is what Luigi told me when he entrusted me with his Radiomir Black Seal 183, to which I have to show Geneva for a few days.

 

With its “cushion” case typical of the 1930's, this Radiomir Black Seal is a successful tribute to those first Panerai.

 

A tribute to the first Panerai

With its “cushion” case typical of the 1930's, a fob watch movement with its cut bridges just the way before the Second World War, and the famous sandwich dial, it is a successful tribute to those first Panerai.

As for the rough characteristic of the winding, it has to be considered as an evocation of this difficult period (and the character of its Unitas basis, closer to the Peppone tractor than to my Lancia Aurelia).

With my 16,5 cm wrist I was afraid to have to wear the watch over my cuff like the Avvocato Agnelli.
But thanks to its short handles, it settles itself quite comfortably.

 

 

An harmonious design of the case

These takedown ties allow to easily changing the strap, and gladly, because with its harmonious design that matches almost everything, the Radiomir invites to multiply it. The watch can be matched to the belt or the pumps, or other fancies.

Certo, it takes a lot of time and I had to catch the Pendolino in Milano centrale without being able to polish my shoes.
In the train's restroom, I could check its good readability in case of absence of light and the Radiomir's waterproof is very practical to wash your hands without being afraid to drawn your watch.

The gradation of the dial, every five minutes, is largely enough to check the Cisalpino's punctuality and the cooking of pasta is determined by touching them with the fork.
Perfetto thus.

Meticulously polished, the case allows us to mirror ourselves and to arrange our hair discreetly...
Ah ! I have to leave you : a signor wearing a uniform is observing my wrist.

- No Sir, it is a brand with an Italian name but it is a Swiss brand and I am going to Switzerland, so it is not parallel importation... I can assure you, this watch has nothing to do with Italy !

 

The + :

  • the “cushion” shape that has been updated
  • the technical and aesthetic optimization of the movement
  • the readability of the dial

 

The – :

  • the winding remains a bit rough (due to the ETA/Unitas 6497-2 basis)
  • it is a pity that there is not a smaller version with a basic movement (and price)
  • no choice of colors for the dial and/or the hands

 

Further information :

  • journalist's wrist size = 16,5 cm
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Données constructeur

Marque
Modèle
Référence constructeur
Boîtier (matière)
Diamètre boîtier (hors couronne)
Diamètre boîtier (avec couronne)
Mouvement
Calibre
Base calibre
Fonctions
Verre
Capacité de la réserve de marche
Fond transparent
Entre-cornes
Longueur corne à corne
Hauteur boîtier
Etanchéité
Bracelet (matière)
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L'avis de la rédaction 67.5/100

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Optimisation / Décoration du mouvement (/5) 0
Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
détail Finitions (/20)
Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
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Qualité du verre (/4) 0
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détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
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Note des internautes 73/100

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