Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica is a watch inspired by the brand’s history as a supplier of timepieces to the Royal Italian Navy.
The black dial is constructed in Panerai’s hallmark “sandwich” style, comprised of two superimposed plates with a layer of luminous material between them, a design the company started using way back in the late 1930s. The hours are marked by simple bar and dot indices, all coated with an ecru-colored Super-LumiNova that gives them a somewhat martial-looking “khaki” glow in low light. The dial’s other highlight is a subtle relief image of the Silura a Lenta Corsa, a reference to the 1930s Italian naval commandos that wore the early Panerai watches on their missions.
The watch is powered by an in-house movement, Panerai’s manual-wind P.3000, which an be ogled through a large polished sapphire window in the caseback, which is made of titanium. The movement measures a stately 161⁄2 lignes, or about 37.22 mm – a size that is not only true to the Panerai watches of old but also a perfect fit for the large case.
The Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica comes on a strap of brown, untreated leather, with hand-sewn contrast stitching, and fastened by a trapezoidal buckle.