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Old 7 February 2020, 04:52 AM   #1
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PAM 1033 vs PAM 233 advice.

Hi fellow members , I have adored Panerai watches for the longest time and was planning to acquire one this year . I have tried certain watches at ADís and some of them I loved were way too big for me ( 372 and equation of time ) . I recently came across 1033 and 233 . Tried both and loved both of them. Being offered the 233 ( am/pm ) version for 9850$ after discount and 6150$ for 1033. I intend to wear the watch and have no intention of flipping so just wanted to ask long term , what seems like a logical choice . I am new to Panerai so just trying to get some basic info about buying a Panerai from you guys . Really appreciate your help . Also is the 1033 blue dial similar to the 689/690 ?
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Old 7 February 2020, 05:51 AM   #2
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A great quandary. I would say that you'll be happy with either, and in true Panerai fashion, both in time ;)

The 233 will lie a bit flatter has manual wind, 8 day movement, and beautiful domed crystal.

1033 gives you stunning blue dial, 3 day auto.

They both give you power reserve indicator, GMT, date, crystal vase back and fast change strap mechanism.

Pro for 233 the crystal - IMO far better than a flatter one. And, the movement.

Pro for 1033, dial is a beaut, convenience of auto and cheaper.

The 233 is classic, the 1033 modern classic.

Given price difference I would maybe start with the 1033, and in time consider a 233 in addition.

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Old 7 February 2020, 08:24 AM   #3
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233 + 690.....problem solved.
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Old 7 February 2020, 10:44 AM   #4
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A great quandary. I would say that you'll be happy with either, and in true Panerai fashion, both in time ;)

The 233 will lie a bit flatter has manual wind, 8 day movement, and beautiful domed crystal.

1033 gives you stunning blue dial, 3 day auto.

They both give you power reserve indicator, GMT, date, crystal vase back and fast change strap mechanism.

Pro for 233 the crystal - IMO far better than a flatter one. And, the movement.

Pro for 1033, dial is a beaut, convenience of auto and cheaper.

The 233 is classic, the 1033 modern classic.

Given price difference I would maybe start with the 1033, and in time consider a 233 in addition.

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Hey , really appreciate your detailed response on this. Its the exact same reasoning given by you which led to this confusion as I read more and more about Panerai.

Both the watches look and feel amazing on the wrist. The blue on 1033 is stunning and the 233 being a classic make this choice extremely tough. Of course i would love to have both. I might just take up your advise and pick up the 1033 and try it on a dark brown gator strap. For black dial i will do with the BLRO i picked up recently. Appreciate your help. cheers.
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Old 7 February 2020, 10:47 AM   #5
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233 + 690.....problem solved.
If only
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Old 7 February 2020, 01:43 PM   #6
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233 is the perfect Pam IMO.
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Old 7 February 2020, 01:49 PM   #7
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I'm also currently debating between those 2. I already own a 111, so the 1033 would likely provide more variety with my 111 than the 233. However, it pains me because I definitely like the 233 more and i'm worried if I get it, I may never wear the 111 lol.

In short, definitely the 233.
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Old 7 February 2020, 02:16 PM   #8
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I really like the dot dial , cant find it anywhere at the ADs. The am/pm dial is nice too. Its actually such a hard choice, the only reason I might opt for 1033 would be price or else 233 is a no brainer. literally pulling my hair on this one. Was thinking for blue I can get the Datejust or try my luck for a AP RO.
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Old 7 February 2020, 03:17 PM   #9
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233 is an absolute Panerai classic now and will remain so for years to come.
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Old 7 February 2020, 04:40 PM   #10
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233 dot is the original. Am/pm model came a few years later and is still current. Hereís my first year model, within first 800 made.
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Old 7 February 2020, 09:24 PM   #11
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I prefer the 233. The domed crystal is great.
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Old 7 February 2020, 11:31 PM   #12
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Thanks a lot for your input guys. Will update this in a few weeks time with my purchase. I think 233 will be worth the extra $$. Cheers
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Old 8 February 2020, 12:02 AM   #13
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233 + 690.....problem solved.

Brilliant !

233 is absolutely beautiful, great, classic, a Panerai we used to love...I love it !
1033, love the blue dial too.
After that, it's all about taste...be sure you can't go wrong with these two !
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Old 8 February 2020, 04:36 PM   #14
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I prefer the 233....but only the dot 233
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Old 8 February 2020, 10:32 PM   #15
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Hi!

I have both the 233 and 1033.

The 233 has rightly a lot of love on this forum - a classic Panerai that goes well with many straps.

The 1033 is wonderful in its own right - that beautiful blue is something.

Go with whatever you like!
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Old 9 February 2020, 04:12 AM   #16
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You mentioned the Equation of Time. It does feel big in a shop, but day to day it's very wearable. I only have 6.8 inch wrists.

See this post where you can see how a 233 wears on me (and other Panerai) https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...S-45mm-vs-47mm

And here is the 670 https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...of-Time-PAM670

On the wrist not a lot in it, and with the 670 being titanium it's lighter to wear and less shiny on the wrist.

Hope this doesn't throw the cat amongst the pigeons.

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Old 9 February 2020, 01:35 PM   #17
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The 670 is a beautiful reference . It's the first panerai I had ever tried on my wrist. The only reason I didn't pick up was coz the wife was adamant it was too big on my wrist , as far as I was concerned I was okay with the size. That blue dial and gold hands is to die for.
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Old 9 February 2020, 01:36 PM   #18
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Hi!

I have both the 233 and 1033.

The 233 has rightly a lot of love on this forum - a classic Panerai that goes well with many straps.

The 1033 is wonderful in its own right - that beautiful blue is something.

Go with whatever you like!
Is the blue similar to 688/689/690 ? Or is it a different shade of blue ?
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Old 9 February 2020, 07:42 PM   #19
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Old 9 February 2020, 08:38 PM   #20
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The 670 is a beautiful reference . It's the first panerai I had ever tried on my wrist. The only reason I didn't pick up was coz the wife was adamant it was too big on my wrist , as far as I was concerned I was okay with the size. That blue dial and gold hands is to die for.
I used to only wear Rolex sports watches, and progressed via the 233 to only wearing Panerai, including 47mm.

One day when I dug out my Hulk (bearing in mind green is my wife's favourite colour) her first comment was "What's with wearing that girls watch?'

Maybe start with a 233 and in time progress to the 670 ;)

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Old 10 February 2020, 12:46 AM   #21
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Buy it preowned! New Panerai is a suckers game. Take that money you saved and put it towards the next timepiece.
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Old 10 February 2020, 02:24 AM   #22
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Both watches are excellent offerings from Panerai (which in my opinion is trying to do too much at the moment). The 233 is a classic and wears unlike any other Panerai. The 1033 has that beautiful blue dial that you are aware of. I have been looking at both models as well. I will probably go with the 1033 because my collection lacks a blue dial, but if I were to have one Panerai the 233 is the one I would easily choose.
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Old 11 February 2020, 03:07 PM   #23
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Get the PAM 233 and call it a day. Flat on the wrist and 8 days power reserve is plenty. GL!
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Old 11 February 2020, 10:13 PM   #24
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Thanks guys , I think 233 seems to be the sensible choice here . Will update the thread in a couple of weeks once I get back on land !
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6150$ for 1033... please pm me where as my ad can't come close to that.
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