In 2006, Panerai presented their PAM00249 (Radiomir 1936) that highlighted a California dial. Restricted to 1936 pieces just, and gatherers bounced on it. Before I head over to my survey of the PAM00424 (Radiomir California 3-Days), a couple of words on the dial first.

California Dials

The term California dial is supposed to be begat by dial creator Kirk Rich, who dialed rebuilding and revamping during the 1970s and was situated in Los Angeles. To put it plainly, the California dial is a combination of an Arabic and Roman dial, as can be seen on the pictures. As indicated by , this dial design was eventually referred to as California dial since customers of Kirk Rich thought that it was simpler to utilize that name than talk about a combined Arabic and Roman numerals dial. The historical backdrop of the California dial returns quite a while however, in a period when Rolex dealt with the creation of looks for Panerai. The main ‘Panerai’ watch with a California dial was their reference 3646. So the 2008 California dial Panerai Radiomir 1936 wasn’t the first yet roused by that reference 3646 that Rolex made for them.

There is a considerable amount of commotion in the narrative of the California dials and when it was utilized interestingly, that I will avoid that part. There are various sources out there who guarantee various things, yet you will discover very much an extensive write-up on this theme .

Panerai Radiomir California 3-Days

The Panerai PAM00424 isn’t another reference, so we are not presenting to you any new scoops here. We just enjoyed the California dial and needed to check the 47mm out. The PAM00424 is pretty much as old as 2012, however got an update later on that made the date gap vanish. The two watches are as yet in the current assortment, with a similar reference number. The value distinction between a used 424 with or without the date can be dismissed however, it appears it involves inclination and not about collectability.

Big But Not So Big

The PAM00424 has a distance across of 47mm, which you could consider to be enormous. Nonetheless, since the haul to-drag (52mm) size is unassuming, it wears very well on an ordinary (or considerably more modest) wrist. Previously, I’ve claimed a few 44mm Luminor (Marina) watches and I ended up finding those taking more space on the wrist than this Radiomir. Since the plan with the wire carries is so extraordinary, and the absence of a Luminor crown monitor likewise helps, the watch is truly wearable on an everyday premise. Thus I accomplished for some time. I discovered fascinating that this watch brought about me getting comments from complete outsiders about this Panerai. They were drawn by the enormous dial with the Roman and Arabic numerals, as they advised me in a short discussion. It was a fascinating encounter, as typically, other than an intermittent watch nerd I meet in the wild, no one at any point comments on my watches. In any event not that I can remember.

The lash is estimated 27mm between the hauls and 22mm at the fasten. Albeit the comparative looking PAM00249 likewise had a measurement of 47mm, the lash size was 26mm on that one. Again, 27mm sounds enormous (particularly if you’re used to 18-20mm ties, however outwardly I couldn’t have ever gotten it is 27mm), yet the lash was comfortable and felt in extent with this Radiomir California Dial watch.


The California dial was the principle motivation to check this watch out and Panerai was glad to supply one. Some way or another it gives somewhat of an additional touch and I can completely comprehend why the 249 was so famous and maybe a couple of steps further back, why the California dials were so mainstream on the Rolex bubble back watches. The fake patina of great importance markers coordinate pleasantly with the gold hued hands and the beige lash. The date plate is dark and the shade of the numeral is likewise in the artificial patina tone, similar to the remainder of the imprinting on the dial. Italians have style for sure.

On the dial we likewise discover the Officine Panerai logo printed over 6 o’clock, where there’s no numeral (much the same as 12 o’clock, where there’s just a triangle). The hands are very wide and are loaded up with Super-LumiNova. The watch is entirely decipherable during the day, and the lume tackles its work very well in low-light conditions.

Basically every component of this Panerai PAM00424 California Dial is an eye-catcher: the case plan, California dial, the lash, the clasp and obviously the enormous winding crown. The entire troupe has been planned and assembled with incredible consideration. The just ‘deal breaker’ may be the date opening, and there’s most likely a motivation behind why Panerai chose to make another PAM00424 w/o date two years after the presentation of the PAM00424 (with date).

P.3000 Caliber

Since years, Panerai developes and fabricates their own developments. We announced about the new assembling in La Chaux-de-Fonds in this article, where these turns of events and the creation happens. In this Panerai PAM00424 we discover the type P.3000 development, with a force hold of 3 days. The PAM00249 for instance, from 2006, actually had the OP X type that depended on the ETA/Unitas 6497-1 development. The type P.3000 is additionally a hand-wound development, yet part of the in-house assortment. It is 5.3mm thick and ticks at 21600vph. It comprises of 161 components, of which 21 are gems. The energy is put away in two barrels, useful for 72 hours. As composed over, the turn of events and creation are done in-house, just as the wrapping up. From what I’ve seen during the production visit, the completing is finished by machines that have been extraordinarily produced for Panerai, making this lovely brushed completion on the fundamental plates.

Below, the P.3000 development inside the PAM00424 case. The plan of the development is engaging with those bends of the principle plates and twofold equilibrium wheel bridge.

Verdict On The PAM00424

This PAM00424 California shocked me in a positive manner. In spite of the fact that our glitz watchmaker Paul is frequently shaking his PAM00190 when he visits the Fratello HQ, I never truly gave it a turn. It is more modest however (45mm) and has an alternate development. I don’t mind the extra 2mm and it really looked and wore very well on the wrist, yet the development of his PAM00190 has one major favorable position: it has a force save marker. Presently, I don’t need a force save marker on the dial or maybe as a rule, yet Panerai markets this watch with ‘3 Days’ in the model name even, so I need to understand what the excess force save really is. Three days is adequately long to fail to remember following two days (or even previously) when you wound the watch once and for all. It is no big deal, yet I feel that it would have given the watch a touch of extra. Also, for €7500, it wouldn’t be an awful component, to be honest.

But that’s fundamentally the lone (minor) thing that I can come up with regards to the Panerai PAM00424. The watch wears incredible, looks extraordinary, and I feel that it is an exemplary that has a place in the center assortment of Panerai. To come up with the PAM00424 a couple of years after the 47mm PAM00249, which looks indistinguishable may have put off some in-your-face authorities of Panerai, however for the individuals who don’t have this set of experiences or basically can’t be messed with it, purchase a staggering watch with an in-house development for not exactly the current market costs of the PAM00249.

Personally, the date isn’t vital for me on a wristwatch (I see it on my iPhone in the first part of the day and can help it for the rest to remember the day), however I additionally realize that a many individuals appreciate this little complication. The PAM00424 watch is accessible for the date camp and no-date camp.

Retail cost: €7500 includig VAT.

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