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Old 13 June 2018, 11:56 PM   #1
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First Panerai

For fathers day in 2015 I got myself a SubC ND. I absolutely love this watch and wear it almost everyday. I haven't wanted anything else, I was fine being a one watch guy... But A few weeks back, while photographing a wedding. I ran into a guy wearing a AP Offshore, this set something off inside me to want another watch. So I started looking.
I knew I wanted to stay with Rolex(or so I thought), I was drawn the Polar Explorer II, but when I went to the AD to try it on, it didn't "WOW" me in person the way I was hoping it would.
After this the hunt really started for something different. I came up with a Checklist of what I wanted in my second watch: Something 40mm, date function and I wanted something with Arabic numerals.

After reaching out on Instagram to the above gentlemen, he started pushing me towards Panerai. I liked the Idea of Panerai, but I had never seen one in person, and the nearest AD is 3 hours away.

I looked online for days. reading about the history of Panerai and all of their models, but I realized something pretty quick, 40mm wasn't going to happen.

A decision was made to just make the jump and risk the funds and try a 44mm watch. This would get me outside my comfort zone a little. I decided to get a PAM 359, it checked most of the boxes.
I was on this forum every hour looking at the classified section, I lived on every major watch re-sellers sight trying to find the 359 for me.....

Then, Last Friday night, around 2am I came across a website, Watches24seven. While on this site a watch jumped off the screen at me and hit me in the face. The Panerai 74.

After a little research I found out this watch checked every box on my list, 40mm, date and Arabic Numerals and a Beautiful Zenith movement. I had to have it.
So the next morning I gave them a call. Bruce was amazing to deal with. He answered all of my questions and gave me alot of additional information. Funds where transferred and here it is.

Sorry for the long drawn out story, but I absolutely love my new piece, it will not be my only Panerai for sure.
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Old 14 June 2018, 05:11 AM   #2
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Many congrats and well done on this rare bird! It’s a beauty and makes for a great duo with your Sub. Enjoy and get strap shopping. :-)
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Old 14 June 2018, 05:15 AM   #3
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Congratssss! beautiful watch! Im on the hunt for a 424 at the moment... I love my rolex's but something about panerai is just so appealing!
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Old 14 June 2018, 05:54 AM   #4
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Congrats! I got my Panerai 213 in December and absolutely love it! Now you get to accessorize with straps. :) Here is mine:

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Old 14 June 2018, 09:22 AM   #5
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Old 14 June 2018, 09:24 AM   #6
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Very cool! Iím relatively new to Panerai and Iím always intrigued by these references that pop up.

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Old 14 June 2018, 10:37 AM   #7
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Very nice! Congratulations!!
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Old 14 June 2018, 02:26 PM   #8
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bruce is a great guy, known him for years....

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Old 14 June 2018, 10:09 PM   #9
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The quintessential driving wrist shot.
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Old 15 June 2018, 01:27 AM   #10
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Nice Time Piece!

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Old 15 June 2018, 02:00 AM   #11
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Old 15 June 2018, 02:10 AM   #12
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Panerai rocks. Congratulations on the new watch.
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Old 15 June 2018, 02:50 AM   #13
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congrats! is a nice edition from Panerai and Bruce is awesome to deal with
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Old 15 June 2018, 04:36 AM   #14
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Nice!!!! Enjoy!!!!
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Old 15 June 2018, 11:17 AM   #15
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Great rare early Panerai piece with great movement! Enjoy your new found hobby!
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Old 16 June 2018, 06:45 PM   #16
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Really looks great! Love the watch face.
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Old 17 June 2018, 04:05 AM   #17
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Very cool piece, congrats!
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Old 19 June 2018, 11:48 AM   #18
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Well done!!!!!!!


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Old 19 June 2018, 02:45 PM   #19
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Cool watch. I like a blended Rolex and Panerai collection.
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Old 19 June 2018, 10:06 PM   #20
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Old 4 July 2018, 01:10 AM   #21
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Congrats, Nice watch
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Old 5 July 2018, 12:42 PM   #22
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That's super cool!
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Old 19 October 2018, 03:57 PM   #23
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Nice! I love my GMT, milgauss and SubC... been on rotation with these 3 watches for a while. But i have my eye on Panerai 40mm like the PAM 69 and the 159. I eventually purchased the PAM 159, i really like it. 42 and 44mm are too big for me so 40mm is what i always wanted. You did have a good choice, congrats on your 40mm PAM.
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Old 22 October 2018, 07:35 AM   #24
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Congrats!!! I just got mine a month ago pam01523....
I never thought I would like it this much.

Itís been in my wrist the whole month.
I normally change watches twice a week.


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Old 22 October 2018, 12:16 PM   #25
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Well done, enjoy!
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