Panerai Men’s Radiomir Stainless Steel Watch: Review

Panerai is a well-known luxury brand from Florence, Italy, who utilizes exotic materials for their straps and the highest quality materials for the construction of their time pieces. The Panerai Men’s Radiomir Stainless Steel wrist watch is a very unique time piece that is not only different from other luxury pieces by leaps and bounds, but also unique among Panerai.

Panerai offers a plethora of different collections for a truly versatile line of wrist watches. At $7,400, this time piece is a fascinating insight into Panerai’s unique take on traditional wrist watches and how they can bend lines and edges in design to provide a modern classic ahead of its time.

Brand: Panerai
Type: Men’s Radiomir Stainless Steel Watch with Black Leather Band
Model: PAM00388




This Radiomir watch by Italian luxury watchmakers, Panerai, is a 45mm with a curved square Stainless Steel case with a round dial set within this cushion-type casing. The black dial matches the deep black of the Alligator band and sets off the white markings and indices with class and sophistication.

The dial window is made of anti-reflective Sapphire, which offers superior viewing without the glare of bright light impeding the view. The stationary bezel is made of Panerai’s Stainless Steel alloy that shines with glamour and makes no mistake that this is a luxury time piece.

Featured on the dial, just right of the 9 o’clock position, is a small secondary dial with markers and a small hour and minute hand—this sub dial can be set for an additional time zone, which is excellent for the man who travels frequently for business or pleasure.


At the 3 o’clock position, a small calendar window is featured. This indicates the day of the month with elegance, forgoing the magnification window in favor of a manual marking.

The Swiss Automatic movement is perfect for those who do not wish to hand wind, charge via solar, or replace batteries. For high end wrist watches, nothing less is expected but the best. Using 26 jewels in this movement and only the best of materials and metals, this movement made by Swiss craftsmen—arguably the best in the world—have created a time piece that runs with ease and perfection using the simple movement of the wearers arm.

The design of this time piece is a bold look that uses the juxtaposition of squares and circles to create a different and unique look that other wrist watches do not attempt. With an elegantly curved square 45mm Stainless Steel case, traditionally round black dial set within, and a shining fixed bezel that offers a classic outline of this design, all perfectly coalesce into a modern classic.

Technical Specifications and Features:

  • Movement: Swiss Automatic
  • Case Diameter: 45mm
  • Case Shape: Curved Square
  • Dial Shape: Round
  • Dial Color: Black
  • Case Thickness: 15.3mm
  • Display Type: Analog
  • Dial Window Material: Anti-Reflective Sapphire Crystal
  • Clasp: Buckle
  • Band Material: Alligator Leather
  • Band Width: 26mm
  • Band Color: Black
  • Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
  • Bezel Function: Stationary
  • Calendar: Date / Day of Month
  • Weight: 15.84 ounces
  • Water Resistance Depth: 330 Feet (100 Meters)
  • Special Features: Transparent Case Back, Tang Buckle, Screw Down Crown, Sub Dial at 9 o’clock position, Luminous Hands and Hour Markers, Scratch Resistant and Anti-Reflective Sapphire Crystal, Date Window at 3 o’clock, Stenciled Hour Markers/Indices, Antique-Style Crown


This wrist watch uses the best produced Swiss Automatic movement that money can buy. With 26 jewels and the best precious metals, this movement can be seen through the transparent backing, where the Swiss craftsmanship can be seen in this luxury Italian time piece.



The Good

The positive aspects of this time piece are nearly endless, as Panerai does a seamless job of incorporating function and design in this Radiomir Men’s watch.

This 45mm cushion-shape case fits perfectly on the wrist and provides an elegance that is both masculine and opulent. The luxury quality is upgraded further by the exotic materials used for the bands. This model features an Alligator band, while Panerai also offers Calf, Buffalo, and caoutchouc, an elastic material gathered from Hevea and Ficus that is vulcanized from the latex sap for a versatile and water resistant band.

The dial is outfitted with a sub dial that offers an addition of a time zone, which is excellent for the frequent traveler. The date window is unassuming at the 3 o’clock position because it does not have that eyesore of a magnified window that other wrist watches have. Instead, this elegant dial offers a manual numeral that is easy to see. The markers on this dial are actually stenciled and they stand out beautifully from the deep black of the dial.


With the anti-reflective Sapphire crystal dial window, the wearer need not worry about sunlight or indoor lighting in darker environments obscuring their view of the time. With the luminous hands, this makes night timekeeping simple.

In addition, while this model is not made for scuba diving, this watch is water resistant to 330 feet (100 meters). Not only is this the perfect dress watch for sophisticated men but it is suitable and elegant for casual and daily wear.

The Bad

There are no cons or issues associated with this model.


While a watch is only as good as its movement, this Panerai has the best Automatic movement money can buy—therefore, the highlights must stand out—and they do. This leads me to the real eye-popper: the design.

Panerai is not afraid to use different lines and curves in their time pieces, and this bold cushion-shape case made of Stainless Steel is a perfect example. This curved square offers a more sophisticated and softer look of luxury than a typical square luxury watch offers.

The elegant curve works as the perfect case to house the traditionally round bezel and dial that lie within. The black dial is a deep black in order for the white hands and markers to stand out. Even at night, the luminous hands and hour markers are visible for superior time keeping.



The functionality of this time piece is perfect. The Swiss made Automatic movement is time honored by the best craftsmen, the anti-reflective Sapphire crystal allows for superior visibility and luxury, and the Alligator strap is secured to the wrist with a buckle closure.



At one of the best prices this time piece has come up for sale for, you can purchase this beautiful and luxury-quality wrist watch for ~$6,000 on Amazon.


Overall Impression

The overall impression of this Panerai Men’s Radiomir Stainless Steel wrist watch is that it is one of a few watches which successfully combine design and function. This luxury watch’s design is perfect and so is the Swiss made Automatic movement.

The materials used for this piece are of the highest quality and the features are both unique and thought out well by the designers at Panerai.

Rating Comments

This exotic watch makes an excellent name for itself by being different than name brands that sell gaudy wrist watches. This is a modern classic that takes timeless designs of the past and combines them with the craftsmanship and materials of the modern day.

This combination makes this luxury time piece a pleasure to wear, and a piece that you can wear on your wrist for years to come without worry of trends or breaking down of materials. The high quality and grade of the Panerai’s signature Stainless Steel alloy and exotic straps only back up the complete confidence of the Swiss made Automatic movement that runs this beauty.

With an overall quality and functionality that one cannot find fault in, this is one of those rare pieces that is truly a work of art.