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Old 17 September 2017, 04:22 AM   #31
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I added my very first Panerai just a month or so ago. I was captivated by the beauty of the sunburst sandwich dial. I've worn it the past week for holidays in Italy.... I LOVE this piece and could care less if folks think 47mm is too big. Panerai are meant to be bold.

I also like the simplicity of the dial and that they are so easy to read.

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Old 17 September 2017, 05:11 AM   #32
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Old 17 September 2017, 06:32 AM   #33
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Yep, and I wear it once every couple weeks, usually on a Saturday where me and my wife are going out and she wants to easily be able to see the time on my wrist. It's a 61D (which glows like nothing I've ever seen, ever), and it's fine, but I'd be ok if someone stopped me on the street and offered me a fair deal in cash for it. I wear Rolex most of the time.
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Old 17 September 2017, 07:00 AM   #34
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I wouldn't call myself a collector but I hope to add a panerai soon
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Old 17 September 2017, 07:34 AM   #35
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Old 17 September 2017, 08:45 AM   #36
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359, 689 and 737. When I'm in Singapore and not travelling on a job, my watches get worn on a weekly rotation. My Sub LVc and PAM 359 are the naughty ones and have a habit of sneaking an extra week or two on the wrist.

I really couldn't care less what anyone thinks about the 'big watch' thing. They're awesome pieces with incredible wrist presence and I can't think of a better place to start than a 233. If you're thinking of returning to the brand, JFDI. You'll wonder why you've been away so long
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Old 17 September 2017, 10:47 AM   #37
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Old 17 September 2017, 10:58 AM   #38
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Old 17 September 2017, 02:18 PM   #39
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How many Rolex collectors own a Panerai?

I've been collecting Rolex for 10 years and have been bitten by the Panerai bug. I have 6 Rolex's in my collection, 3 Tudors, an Omega and 2 Pams. At present my two Pams (a 111 and a 372) get about 40% of my wrist time. They just have a unique and appealing aesthetic - rugged and stylish at the same time. But sometimes the size can become tiring. I know then it's time to wear my 36mm Datejust !








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Old 17 September 2017, 02:43 PM   #40
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Panerai are taking over my collection, down to just two Rolex... may get rid of the BLNR soon, I like big watches... and "I buy what I like"...I only have one person to please, and that's ME...
so what other people think doesn't worry me, let 'em buy whatever they like...good luck to them...
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Old 18 September 2017, 12:41 AM   #41
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No trouble at all - here you go: On the original strap and I've since swapped it onto a brown rubber strap (tried to contrast with the black Panerai envelope) which is not very obvious from photographs!


Gorgeous piece. Correct me if I'm wrong but the size looks similar to the 233 with the dome sapphire. If so, it's like 17mm in height. How does it wear? Any issues slipping it under a shirt cuff?


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Old 18 September 2017, 12:46 AM   #42
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I also had a 40mm Pam, a chrono (PAM 74) with the zenith movement. Really great watch, but I sold it to fund another watch. Wish I still had it.

I'd love a 177 or possibly 111, but every time I try one on, my teenage daughter tells me it looks outrageously big on me (5'5" with 6.5" wrists). I generally listen to her fashion advice, so haven't bit the bullet yet. She also tells me I shouldn't wear cargo pants... damn kids.


Kids tell it like they see it. The only thing that's really holding me back from pulling the trigger is my puny wrist too but I'm 6 feet tall so maybe I might be able to wing it?


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Old 18 September 2017, 12:52 AM   #43
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Here are a few wrist shots of the Panerais from before.
PAM 177

PAM 372
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PAM 380

You guys still think I can pull off a PAM 233?


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I started my watch obsession with Panerai, still enjoy them.
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Old 18 September 2017, 01:49 AM   #45
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Rolex Sub, Pan 673 & 2 Omegas...(only 1 in photo)
Looking to trade/sell the Omegas to fund more Rolex & poss 1 more Pan..

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Old 18 September 2017, 01:51 AM   #46
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Gorgeous piece. Correct me if I'm wrong but the size looks similar to the 233 with the dome sapphire. If so, it's like 17mm in height. How does it wear? Any issues slipping it under a shirt cuff?


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A lot depends on your shirt cuff size. Mine will go under some of my double cuffs but not others. Here's my 689, which is taller than my 737, under a shirt cuff.
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Old 18 September 2017, 03:33 AM   #47
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Kids tell it like they see it. The only thing that's really holding me back from pulling the trigger is my puny wrist too but I'm 6 feet tall so maybe I might be able to wing it?


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I think if you are tall, you should be able to get away with it.
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Old 18 September 2017, 04:00 AM   #48
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Rolex Sub, Pan 673 & 2 Omegas...(only 1 in photo)
Looking to trade/sell the Omegas to fund more Rolex & poss 1 more Pan..


Really nice trio! I like the 300 on that strap better than on the OEM bracelet.
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Old 18 September 2017, 04:05 AM   #49
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Really nice trio! I like the 300 on that strap better than on the OEM bracelet.
Thanks - the strap is aftermarket not original Omega. It was only supposed to be a temporary thing in a bid to save the PCL's from getting scratched, but then I thought 'hey, what the hell...' and left it on!
At least now if I do eventually sell it, the bracelet is still mint!
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Old 18 September 2017, 04:10 AM   #50
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That sounds right.

I own more Panerai than Rolex. I always find it funny when people say they got out of Panerai because of the big watch trend fading. Has it? Brands like Rolex continue to release more big pieces.
Also, for me a watch is style not fashion, so I don't lend "trends" dictate what I like
Yes - history is not fashion either. Traditionally Pans have always been 47mm right from way back when they were first issued to the Italian Navy


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Old 18 September 2017, 06:33 AM   #51
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Yes - history is not fashion either. Traditionally Pans have always been 47mm right from way back when they were first issued to the Italian Navy


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I think Panerai are one of the few brands that have a right to be large - as you say, it's part of the DNA of the brand. The affectation would be if they made them small. Distinguish this from brands that are just making large watches to be fashionable.
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Old 18 September 2017, 06:40 AM   #52
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And the next question is .......who's ditching their Rolex for more Panerai's??
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Old 18 September 2017, 06:58 AM   #53
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Have 5 Rolex's in our collection and these two Panerai's... a 356 and a 244. The 244 is a 40mm diameter while the 356 is 44mm diameter.
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Old 18 September 2017, 08:02 AM   #54
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And the next question is .......who's ditching their Rolex for more Panerai's??
ME....see my post above....

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Just traded my Rolex GMT Batman for this 580 ceramic flyback. It's my first Panerai and I'm really enjoying the versatility of the different straps. I have it next to the SD43, which do you prefer?




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Old 18 September 2017, 03:39 PM   #57
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A lot depends on your shirt cuff size. Mine will go under some of my double cuffs but not others. Here's my 689, which is taller than my 737, under a shirt cuff.


Looks very nice in formal attire.


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Old 18 September 2017, 03:55 PM   #58
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Looks very nice in formal attire.


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It's an amazing piece that has to be seen to be believed. Meanwhile, here's some wristies of my 737 on different straps
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Old 18 September 2017, 09:17 PM   #60
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I started with Rolex, looked at Omega and then went all in with Panerai early in the big watch trend. I became very frustrated with Panerai based on the marketing and the limited availability. Panerai also has a habit of issuing a LE watch and a short time later putting a very similar watch out as regular production. I have steeped back into the Panerai world over the last few years but nothing has stuck. That is until now when I picked up a 422, for the second time, and really like it. Hung onto most of my straps from the past so I am having fun in the "Strap Game". One Panerai for now is enough but if I could find a 690 or 389 for what I consider good money I might own two.
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