Panerai recently lifted the covers off two new Composite Radiomir watches, the Radiomir Composite 3 Days (PAM504) and the Radiomir Composite Black Seal 3 Days Automatic (PAM505). That makes it three new models Panerai has announced since SIHH in January, with the first being the Luminor Submersible Antimagnetic PAM389.
|Panerai Radiomir Composite 3 Days PAM00504
Because they use the simpler Panerai calibres, both of these new Radiomir Composite watches are fairly reasonable priced at about EUR6500 before tax. The first of the pair is the Radiomir Composite 3 Days PAM504 is a time-only, Historic collection model.
It has a 47 mm Composite case and the P.3000 manual wind calibre which is Panerai’s entry level in-house movement.
|P.3000 calibre of the PAM504, behind a tinted sapphire glass
On the other hand, the Radiomir Composite Black Seal PAM505 is a Contemporary model. The case is smaller at 45 mm and inside is the P.9000 automatic.
|Panerai Radiomir Composite Black Seal 3 Days Automatic PAM00505
Despite its fancy name, Composite is actually aluminium that has undergone a chemical bath during which an electric current is run through the metal. That causes an oxide layer (or ceramic) to form on the surface. Aluminium is not dense, that is why a Composite case is lightweight.
It’s notable Panerai has presented these new Composite models when the Composite Luminor watches announced last year have yet to be delivered.
And for this pair of watches is bad news for owners of the Radiomir Composite PAM339, which was the brand’s first Composite case watch. That was a big hit and sold for a huge premium on the secondary market after its launch. But that premium has slowly been eroded – as is the case with most Panerai watches – and these two will do it no favours. This matters because value retention is a big issue for many owners and would-be owners of Panerai watches.