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Old 17 May 2023, 12:54 AM   #1
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Looking for my first Panerai

I have always been a Rolex fan for expensive watches, but after being in Italy and visiting the Panerai boutiques in Florence and Venice last month, I have the bug to get a Panerai. I have been doing some research on this site as well as others and really prefer some of the older models. What do you guys think of the following for my first Panerai? Any suggestions?
PAM 779
PAM 997
PAM 721
PAM 512
PAM 127
PAM 612
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Old 17 May 2023, 12:57 AM   #2
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The 127 would be an epic first
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Old 17 May 2023, 06:49 AM   #3
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Agree!

… 127
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Old 17 May 2023, 06:54 AM   #4
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Out of those 127
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Old 17 May 2023, 07:59 AM   #5
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Old 17 May 2023, 09:33 AM   #6
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If your pocket (and wrist) can handle it, 127 all day long
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Old 17 May 2023, 10:09 AM   #7
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Another vote for the 127
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Old 17 May 2023, 12:25 PM   #8
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… 127
The 127 is awesome, but a clean one in VGC may be hard to find and more $$ than I probably want to spend for my first Panerai. I was thinking the 779 since they seem to be reasonably priced and unique. The 127 would be great for a second or grail watch when I find a good one. Thoughts on the 779?
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Old 17 May 2023, 09:04 PM   #9
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The 127 is a great watch but the prices are very strong, if you want the look and the size look at the 422. It all depends on what you are looking for but another great reference is the 233 Dot. Good luck and let us know what you decide.
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Old 14 September 2023, 11:21 AM   #10
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So I’ve narrowed it down to the following watches and wanted everyone’s thoughts for my first Panerai.
422
423
605( hard to find a really clean one and probably more than I want to spend)
127(same as above)
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Old 14 September 2023, 12:15 PM   #11
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If you can find in good condition, 127
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Old 14 September 2023, 08:00 PM   #12
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I recommend the PAM 574 (see photo).
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Old 15 September 2023, 01:41 PM   #13
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pam 127 fiddy, all day all night ~
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Old 15 September 2023, 08:03 PM   #14
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“I have always been a Rolex fan for expensive watches”….

so,

127 is still in your price range then…
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Old 15 September 2023, 08:55 PM   #15
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I recommend the PAM 574 (see photo).
Hi, I'm looking at getting this reference but I'm a bit worried about the damage to the thread from having to unscrew the crown every time I need to wind the watch. Is that an issue?

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Old 15 September 2023, 10:59 PM   #16
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Hi, I'm looking at getting this reference but I'm a bit worried about the damage to the thread from having to unscrew the crown every time I need to wind the watch. Is that an issue?

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You don't have to worry about it. They are built specifically for this use. Just be a little careful as a clock requires.
Good luck for your research.
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Old 18 September 2023, 08:20 AM   #17
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You can see which way I’m leaning……
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Old 19 September 2023, 12:34 AM   #18
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127 - classy
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Old 19 September 2023, 02:05 AM   #19
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I have always been a Rolex fan for expensive watches, but after being in Italy and visiting the Panerai boutiques in Florence and Venice last month, I have the bug to get a Panerai. I have been doing some research on this site as well as others and really prefer some of the older models. What do you guys think of the following for my first Panerai? Any suggestions?
PAM 779
PAM 997
PAM 721
PAM 512
PAM 127
PAM 612
It depends. Are you looking to wear it as a daily? What’s your wrist size? I love 47mm Panerai, but don’t see them very practical as daily watches. For example; when I had PAM 372, I was wearing it mainly on weekends.
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Old 21 September 2023, 05:15 AM   #20
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127, if you can swing it. Otherwise, 372 or 422 would be great choices as your first PAM also.
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