While it may seem odd that in our past stories on the ‘Marina Militare’ watches (read them here and here), that two very significant reference points were missing from the action, we assure you that we’ve kept the best — that is one of the rarest, the PAM 267 and the newest the PAM 673 — for last. But first, a bit of Panerai history.
When Panerai first started making watches in the 1930s and they created the monumental 3646 — the Radiomir — the Italian navy then was known by the name, Regia Marina. Remember now that these were years leading right into World War II.
In 1945, when the war had ended, as a way of saying that Italy had come out of the war, no longer the country it was when the war began — the nation changed its name from Regno d’Italia (the Kingdom of Italy) to Repubblica Italiana (the Italian Republic). A year on in 1946, the navy, too, followed suit to renew its identity by doing away with the name Regia Marina and taking on the newly christened name, Marina Militare.
Such is the significance of the words: Marina Militare. They represented hope anew and a sense of fresh possibilities for the navy in a time when it was trying to rebuild itself physically and, no doubt, psychologically.
In shared spirits, Panerai, too, began including this name on the dials of the watches they were creating for the Italian navy, alongside their own name and the indication of the type of luminescent material used on the dial. Prior to this, the name of the Italian navy had never been included on Panerai’s watch dials.