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Old 22 May 2020, 02:36 AM   #1
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Can somebody school me on Panerai?

Hey guys. I have recently taken an interest in Panerai. Iíll be honest I donít know nothing about them. This one happened to pop up while I was browsing watches and I donít know the first thing about it. Can someone enlighten me a bit on this watch? Is it a known model? Hold value? Whatís a realistic price I can find it for?


I have a muscular build with 7.5-7.75Ē wrists so the large size shouldnít be an issue for me. In the past I have had a Rolex datejust 36mm, and 2 Rolex two tone Bluesy. I sold the bluesy because I am hunting for a TT white face skyD. I want a nice 2 watch collection. Being that I am definitely sold on the TT skyD I am trying to find a second watch in stainless.

Originally, I was going to go with an Omega speedmaster moonwatch, but Iím not sure if itís something Iíll enjoy for a while. It looks like a great watch and forgive me for saying this but I feel like I would get bored of it quickly. The crazy case design and rugged look of than Panerai is not something you see everyday and it looks fun.


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Old 22 May 2020, 07:23 AM   #2
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The only advice is go and try. Love mine.
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Old 22 May 2020, 08:23 AM   #3
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The only advice is go and try. Love mine.

Definitely will try it on once this covid situation settles in NY. I donít believe jewelry stores are open here


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Old 22 May 2020, 04:48 PM   #4
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Definitely will try it on once this covid situation settles in NY. I donít believe jewelry stores are open here


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Spend plenty of time. The Boutique in NYC is great, the team are really great. Try every model in every size! You may be surprised what you leave with.
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Old 22 May 2020, 08:58 PM   #5
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As others have said, visit a dealer and see for yourself. They really are great timepieces. You have good wrist size, too, so the Panerai should work great to fill the space :)
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Old 22 May 2020, 09:04 PM   #6
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Once you go down that rabbit hole ...

LOVE mine and as others have stated, trying them on is key

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Old 22 May 2020, 09:57 PM   #7
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With a larger wrist size you should look at the 47 mm watches as the 44, while somewhat large, are not really big watches. Part of the fun of Panerai is the straps and I would save some funds to get a few OEM's and some aftermarket ones. I would also look slightly pre-owned as the typical watch will lose about 30-40% from new. Why should you eat that when there are a lot in the pre-owned market. Take a look at the 422 and the 372. Classic Panerai DNA and very strong in the secondary market. Good luck and let us know what you find.
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Old 22 May 2020, 10:52 PM   #8
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I also know nothing about Panerai other than I want one once the pandemic eases and we can get to AD’s to try them on. One piece of advice I received when I started on this road was to read posts on this forum, lots of titbits of information, good advice and awesome pictures to help you on the road to enlightenment.

There is one issue to be aware of when browsing this forum, you’ll end up liking every bloody watch.

GRRRRRRRRR!!!!
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Old 23 May 2020, 01:26 AM   #9
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I agree with the above posts. If you try on a few models and know what you like, and if you're patient, you can get a very good deal on the pre-owned market. I currently have a 111 which I love and picked up for a steal at $5,500 CAD, but if I were to be starting from position 0, I'd be looking at a 233 personally. That's just based on my experience of course.
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Old 23 May 2020, 05:01 AM   #10
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You'll be good with 47mm with 7.5" wrist. I agree, hit up the NYC boutique ASAP to try on a few pcs. They are a super friendly, very accommodating bunch. Ask for a coffee table book there or at a tourneau and it'll fill you in on the various models/movements and history so you can get a feel for the brand DNA.

Other than that, I'd say go with a 47mm sandwich dial luminor that fits your liking and you won't be disappointed. Great value on used market right now as well :).
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Old 23 May 2020, 06:39 AM   #11
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The first luxury piece I purchased was a PAM111. Since then I have purchased many other ones from a variety of different brands but I still find myself reaching for that Panerai. Like others have mentioned above, definitely try one on first. See if you have that connection to it.
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Old 23 May 2020, 07:02 AM   #12
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I have a Luminor 233 dot version which is considered an iconic model. Manual wind with a power reserve of over 8 days. Everytime you put on a different strap, it feels like a new watch. I would highly recommend this for you.

Have decided though that it is time to move on and am being drawn to either a Radiomir 690 or 932. The blue dials on those are like nothing else. If anyone has either of these models and is interested in doing some trading, I would be more than interested.

Best of luck with getting a Panerai - you will love it.
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Old 23 May 2020, 07:07 AM   #13
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I picked up the dot dial 233 earlier this year on TRF. Great piece.
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Old 23 May 2020, 11:25 AM   #14
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I also know nothing about Panerai other than I want one once the pandemic eases and we can get to ADís to try them on. One piece of advice I received when I started on this road was to read posts on this forum, lots of titbits of information, good advice and awesome pictures to help you on the road to enlightenment.

There is one issue to be aware of when browsing this forum, youíll end up liking every bloody watch.

GRRRRRRRRR!!!!

This is exactly the problem. Being home, I have nothing to do but browse and my want list is growing quickly. This is bad! Lol

Thanks for all the responses guys. Just read through the thread and Iím doing some searching now on the other suggested models.


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Old 23 May 2020, 05:22 PM   #15
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This is exactly the problem. Being home, I have nothing to do but browse and my want list is growing quickly. This is bad! Lol

Thanks for all the responses guys. Just read through the thread and Iím doing some searching now on the other suggested models.


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Use Instagram hashtags ie #pam233 that way youíll get to see lots of the same watch model on lots of straps.
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Old 24 May 2020, 01:06 AM   #16
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233 is all time favorite for modern Panerai. It was my first Panerai. It has an 8 day movement, power reserve indicator, GMT hand, that you can hide behind your hour hand, jumping hour hand when you travel, date with mechanical movement ( most PAMs that have date are auto), and especially favorite feature is the domed sapphire, not too many models have (most have domed plexy or flat sapphire).

For a Panerai that has many complications, it is probably the best in budget preowned, same flavor but in a ceramic case (317, the model I own currently to scratch that itch).

However, if you want a simple/ plain time only dial; we called those ďbaseĒ dials; suggestions include the 372. If you want small seconds or some life on the dial, there also lots of choices, 422

You need to think about case shape you like (luminor, 1950 luminor, 1940 radiomir, pin cushion radiomir, or submersible), auto or manual movement, do you need a date, do you want a power reserve indicator ( I love this feature) and do you want an indicator on front of dial or on back)... Panerai is one of the first to do that as they first adopted a Reverso JLC movement, like the 190/368 ( own both). 3 day or 8 day reserve, sapphire or plexy, and sandwich stencil dial or painted/sausage dial..... have fun!!!!

Thinking about the above features and budget will help narrow our recommendations





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In my opinion, start with the cheapest one and go from there. You need to compare from the bottom. Not the top with Panerai.

They’re all good.
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PAM 127 "Fiddy" .Complete set from a reputable seller .Be prepared to pay.

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Great design and history. Very unique. I would consider the classic models. Do some research and you might find a passion fro the brand like many others have.
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Old Yesterday, 05:06 PM   #20
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I've owned watches of many different brands, but there's no substitute for a Panerai!

If you like the look and they fit you well, you won't have any regrets


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