A Retro-styled Watch for Spring That Suits Any Guy

Dad's watch gets an update.

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Panerai Radiomir 1940, $8,400, from Tourneau, 3 Bryant Park, New York, N.Y., 10018.

The retro styling on Tourneau’s Panerai Radiomir 1940  brings all the best elements of mid-20th-century design together in one modern, sporty piece. Originally created in the 1936, Radiomir was the name of the luminous material patented by watchmakers Panerai to make the dial readable in the dark. This quality was crucial for the elite squads of Italian military commandoes the watch was originally manufactured to assist on missions.

Now this classic, slightly re-fashioned for spring 2015, is a watch for strong-spirited types with an eye for fashion.  The new Panerai Radiomir combines the racy, romantic era of the ’40s with the dawning technological, stainless steel imagery of the ’70s. A chunky leather strap adds oomph. If your father did not own one, this could be the solid heirloom to bring into your own family this spring.  

A Retro-styled Watch for Spring That Suits Any Guy