I was never a big fan of Panerai...
... until the p.2002 came along. Amongst the diehard Paneristi there are those who will only go for "pre-Vendome" models (those before the Richemont Group bought Panerai). Personally I think that all the pre-Vendome, except for the original Radiomir California and those models fitted with Rolex movements (for collecting purposes that is), are all crap. Yep, a big ol' bunch of horse manure. Embellished by ill-placed nostalgia... "Everything used to be better back when... blabla..." We all remember our grandmothers lecturing us in a similar way. Not that they are wrong, but don't tell me that making trips by carriage beats coach on a 747!
Today, with the resources that the guys at Panerai have at their disposal (Jaeger, Lange,etc...) they are on their way to becoming not only a fashion statement but quiet nice pieces to own for a serious watchnut. What is interesting is Panerai's evolution from fashion item to a connoisseur watch. Will it succeed? Don't know yet, but with their new p.2002 calibre the road is set to achieve quiet interesting things.
The Radiomir GMT 8-days was the first to have this movement and from the looks of it it will not be the last. If you never owned a manual wind watch, 8-day power reserves are awesome watches.
Here are some computer renderings of the insides. Enjoy.
Zero reset device: