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Old 27 September 2013, 07:50 AM   #1
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Is this normal?

This watch is listed in good condition with normal wear on the hands. Are all Panerai's hands expected to corrode like this?
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Old 27 September 2013, 08:37 AM   #2
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I am not an expert in "vintage" Panerai, but that seems like a lot of corrosion on the hands to me...
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Old 27 September 2013, 09:15 AM   #3
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I'm guessing it's hard water damage at some point. Is that an 87? What series?
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Old 27 September 2013, 10:50 AM   #4
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This watch is listed in good condition with normal wear on the hands. Are all Panerai's hands expected to corrode like this?
These are older model with tritium hands. Some are still sealed and perfectly fine and some will corrode over time like this one did. Panerai will definitely not service the watch without changing the hands, which will not match the patina on the hour markers.

I am not sure how "normal" the corrosion is.. watch appears to be in good condition for its age though.
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Old 27 September 2013, 11:14 AM   #5
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I was thinking it got wet at some point. I hope the newer models don't have this same issue.
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Old 27 September 2013, 12:56 PM   #6
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watch appears to be in good condition for its age though.
Approximately how old is it?
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Old 28 September 2013, 03:44 AM   #7
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I dont know. Its in the FS section here.
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Old 28 September 2013, 03:55 AM   #8
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I'd pass
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Old 28 September 2013, 04:04 AM   #9
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i just see trouble ahead with that one
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Old 28 September 2013, 04:10 AM   #10
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Corroded hands are not uncommon in vintage watches, but an 87 is nowhere close to being considered vintage. You could find a better example if you have the time and budget.
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Old 28 September 2013, 04:28 AM   #11
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...but an 87 is nowhere close to being considered vintage...
Exactly
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Old 28 September 2013, 08:33 AM   #12
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I am more concerned that if this is normal than my current Panerai watch will end up like this watch.
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Old 28 September 2013, 10:19 AM   #13
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No that's not normal for modern watches.
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Old 28 September 2013, 10:21 AM   #14
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I am more concerned that if this is normal than my current Panerai watch will end up like this watch.
Seal degradation over time with exposure to moisture will do it. You can take active steps to prevent it by having your watch water pressure tested and avoid moisture if you think there may be an issue. Yours won't necessarily end up like that one anytime soon if that is your concern.
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Old 15 October 2013, 07:29 AM   #15
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I thought the corrosion on older tritium Pam's was due to the dial/hands
and the tritium gasses emitted in a somewhat sealed enviroment?

Was I lead to believe incorrectly?
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Old 15 October 2013, 09:04 AM   #16
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I thought the corrosion on older tritium Pam's was due to the dial/hands and the tritium gasses emitted in a somewhat sealed environment?
The tritium paint alters over this relatively short length of time (<13 years) but that's about it. I would say that you're thinking about Radium which is much, much more "potent" and causes deterioration of the upper dial, etc. - particularly since we're now talking about 50+ years... .
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Old 17 October 2013, 10:53 AM   #17
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If the hands look like that you'd better have the watch opened to see in what condition is the movement, but to be honest i'd pass, if it was on a 50 year old watch maybe, but it's not the case
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Old 17 October 2013, 09:55 PM   #18
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Old 18 October 2013, 12:38 AM   #19
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not normal at all.
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