The Panerai Radiomir is embedded deep into Italian military history. Panerai created the Radiomir to meet the high needs and expectations of the Royal Italian Navy. The Radiomir got its name from the radium base powder which was used to give the luminosity to the dials. In 1936 Panerai created the first prototype Radiomir for the Frogmen commandos of the Italian navy. The Frogmen usually operated at night so Panerai had to come up with suitable design that combined both design and functionality. They made the case 47mm for high visibility and a water-resistant strap which was long enough to be worn over a diving suit. The design of this watch still very much remains the same today.
In 1940 as the second world war raged on, the Italian navy’s requirements become more specific. They explained to Panerai that the watches have to remain underwater in extreme conditions for long periods of time therefore their resistance to extreme tension must be guaranteed thus the Radiomir 1940 was created.
Ranging from 42mm to 48mm and available in stainless steel to rose gold, the Panerai Radiomir has proven to be a favourite among Panerai fans.
The Panerai Radiomir models include the ORRO-ROSSE, ACCIAIO, AUTOMATIC ASSISAIO and the CERMAMIC.