What We Know
The new perfect replica Panerai Radiomir California PAM01349 watches is a vintage Panerai lover’s dream, and is headlined by two key features. One is a slimmed down, more crowd-pleasing 45mm size; the second is a case with a new hand-applied, patinated-like finish that Panerai is calling Brunito, which means burnished in Italian (does everything just sound sexier in Italian?).
Just by way of background: a California dial notably features half the dial in Roman numerals, the other half in Arabic, with a dash for 3, 6 and 9, and an inverted triangle for 12. Used in the 1930s and patented by Rolex in 1941, the California dial was known as the “error-proof” dial for its readability in low-light combat conditions.
For Panerai specifically, the dial dates back to its era-defining Ref 3646, first produced in the 1930s with Rolex and needless to say among the most sought-after vintage AAA top Panerai fake watches today. A California dial is a real cult thing for Panerai collectors; modern-day Californias are few and far between – and this new model comes in a graduated, vignette-like shade of green, which as it happens is a similar color and texture on the Radiomir Bronze PAM00760, which launched last year. This best UK replica watches represents the first time the California dial has come in 45mm (reduced from 47mm).
Brunito, meanwhile, refers to a new hand-finishing that Panerai has developed with an outside partner. The eSteel case, bezel and caseback are first coated in a very thin, black PVD layer. Then a polishing brush is used to burnish away the black PVD, slowly revealing the eSteel below and producing a kind of weathered look. It’s a delicate process: Too much and you end up with regular steel Swiss movements copy watches, too little and you’ve got a black one. Production times vary by polisher and skill, but we’re told for this 45mm case and components it takes between 30 to 60 minutes to hand finish one.
Rounding out the strong vintage vibes is the manual-wind P.5000 caliber with an impressive eight-day power reserve. The sapphire crystal also harks back to a bygone era: rather than a modern curved glass, it’s blunter and more geometric, rising vertically then across – the design nodding to the Plexiglas crystal that Panerai used in early Radiomir replica watches for sale developed for the Italian military. The matching raw cut, dark brown calf leather strap is etched with the inscription “G. Panerai e Figlio”, the watchmaker’s early name when it set up shop in fin de siècle Florence.
What We Think
Inside and out, the Radiomir California screams vintage and taps into the retro watchmaking vibe that shows no sign of abating.
The Brunito eSteel is an interesting new addition to the Panerai portfolio, adding a more crafted and artisanal offer to what’s traditionally been a masculine, sporty brand. Meanwhile, the more wearable 45mm size should also extend its appeal beyond a niche crowd. It should be noted that Brunito also makes its way onto other 45mm Panerai Radiomir super clone watches shop this year, and the finish really exudes a wonderful play of light.
Plus, you basically get a vintage-looking watch off the bat – scratches, shading and all – without having to wait for any aging to kick in. The hand finishing also means that each 2023 replica watches is unique, which collectors will love, alongside the double desirability of a green dial, another trend that shows no sign of slowing.
The hand wound P.5000 movement is a nice touch, and excellent choice for this model, offering retro style fake watches wholesale but which will run for a whole week plus. I suspect we’ll be seeing more hand wound movements this year, as the craze for vintage today is about form as much as function. The Radiomir’s signature cone-shaped crown is also especially grippy and satisfying to wind – there is real kind tactility to it, and emotion too, which is what this high quality replica Panerai Radiomir California watches is all about.