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Old 26 April 2020, 06:57 PM   #1
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First ever Panerai for a smaller wrist - advice

I confess - I know very little about Panerai. But I would like to add one to my collection.

I have a fairly small wrist (6.5 inches) and really 40mm watches are my peak - though I can probably get away with a 42mm.

From the smaller Panerai models (I am looking at finding a pre-owned one, not new) any recommendations?

Any advice gratefully received.
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Old 26 April 2020, 07:12 PM   #2
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go and try them on before making any decisions. I thought like you before I started trying them and found 44mm Luminor, whilst larger, were beautifully balanced.
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Old 26 April 2020, 07:34 PM   #3
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Thanks - that sounds sensible (though will require me to wait until post lockdown!). Encouraging to hear that perhaps a 44mm would not wear as big as it sounds?


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go and try them on before making any decisions. I thought like you before I started trying them and found 44mm Luminor, whilst larger, were beautifully balanced.
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Old 26 April 2020, 10:28 PM   #4
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go and try them on before making any decisions. I thought like you before I started trying them and found 44mm Luminor, whilst larger, were beautifully balanced.
This. I used to have a 392 (42mm) but got a 564 (44mm) about a year ago and this actually wears much better imo.

The problem with the 42mm Panerai’s is they’re not much thinner than the 44mm so feel a little top heavy and less balanced.

Also the 1950’s style case wears larger than the bettarini style case.

I’ve heard the Radiomirs wear smaller but never tried one.

This is definitely a try before you buy decision as there’s so many subtle differences between Panerai models that make a big difference to how you will feel about the watch.
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Old 26 April 2020, 09:39 PM   #5
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I have a small wrist also and I have a 111


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Old 26 April 2020, 10:52 PM   #6
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Have a 6.75" wrist, and the 44mm Luminar (PAM01033) looks great! In fact it better 'fills out' my very thin wrists, thus my 'arm visual' look more, ummm, 'normal' instead of girly-thin. Agree with others, please find a way to try one on and see for yourself is your best bet.
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Old 26 April 2020, 10:56 PM   #7
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A wire lug Radiomir even at 47mm wears surprisingly small considering its size
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Old 26 April 2020, 11:35 PM   #8
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Many factors to consider besides watch diameter. Wrist shape (round or flat) also plays a role.

Short and curved lugs combined with leather straps make Panerai wear smaller than the diameter.

If you want a Luminor, consider trying some Bettarini case models (000, 005, 111, etc), which wear closer to the wrist than the 1950 case models. If you want a 1950 case (the curves are nice), consider a more recent one, as they are thinner than the initial batch like 312, 320, etc.

Wire lug Radiomirs will wear even smaller, with a 45 mm 210 being a good option.

But, might as well try some 47s while you are at. You never know what will “sing” with Panerai.

Good luck with your hunt!
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Old 27 April 2020, 12:53 AM   #9
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I thought 47mm submersible might be too big before I tried it. Make sure you take a photo of the watch with a full body shot not just a wrist shot otherwise the watch will look massive.
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Old 27 April 2020, 12:58 AM   #10
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The PAM 682 works well for me. It does not wear much larger than my Rolex sub and I did not want to go larger than 40mm either. I love the Luminor sub.
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Old 27 April 2020, 01:01 AM   #11
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You can see here the 47mm looks big as a wrist shot but as a full body shot is fine
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Old 27 April 2020, 01:02 AM   #12
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Thank you all so much! Extremely helpful.
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Old 27 April 2020, 02:43 AM   #14
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I think you should try them, to see what you like the best...

7.2 in and I liked the 42mm




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Old 27 April 2020, 05:24 AM   #15
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I think you should try them, to see what you like the best...

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That looks great!
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Old 27 April 2020, 05:44 AM   #16
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Old 27 April 2020, 08:33 AM   #17
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6.5" wrist...
44mm luminor or 45mm rad...
wore a 47mm Rad for a while..
it was comfortable..but after a while I realized it too big
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Old 27 April 2020, 08:44 AM   #18
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Try a 44mm Luminor or 45mm Rad.

Panerai's are supposed to look big on your wrist.

Lugs are fairly short, so don't be scared off just by the numbers.

If you really don't like how those feel/look on your wrist, then try the 42s.
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Old 28 April 2020, 10:03 PM   #19
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The Luminor Due line might be something to check out:

https://www.panerai.com/nl/en/collec...minor-due.html

They basically have every model in 38mm, 42mm and 45mm.





I like them a lot! I have big wrists, but something about that 38mm just makes me want to get one :)
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Old 21 July 2020, 01:53 AM   #20
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My wrist size is 8.2“ but I went for a Luminor Due (904) with 42mm and 11mm thickness. Don’t be fooled by so many advices about bigger sizes. In my very humble opinion 90% of the people wear their watches too big. Go and try the Due collection, everything what defines Panerai but not oversized!
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Old 21 July 2020, 02:25 AM   #21
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Ultimately you should get what you like and if that's 42mm; that's fine. If you are looking for something 40mm and less, then I don't think Panerai is really your brand. If you are drawn to the brand for its looks, then I say embrace it and go with a 44mm newer Luminor 1950 model. They have a thinner movement and wear well on any wrist. A 45mm Radiomir is also a good consideration. Both sizes and cases are large enough and respectable in size to represent the brand well, but still wear well.
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Old 24 July 2020, 06:07 AM   #22
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PAM62. Very small and thin on my 6.75 wrist.


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Old 24 July 2020, 07:16 AM   #23
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6.25 in wrist here and I can barely pull 42mm Luminor Due PAM728 on my wrist.
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6.25 in wrist here and I can barely pull 42mm Luminor Due PAM728 on my wrist.



Similar wrists sizes. I have a Pam728 too. Love the blue dial!
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PAM62. Very small and thin on my 6.75 wrist.


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This looks great. What size strap do you use on this? 22mm or 20mm?


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Very much like my 512 (42mm) and 049 (40mm).








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Old 7 October 2020, 09:01 AM   #27
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have Panerai ever made 38mm radiomir?
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Old 14 October 2020, 12:14 AM   #28
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Old 15 October 2020, 09:02 AM   #29
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Gorgeous Pam's out there, I thought I was the only one in this boat lol;

I personally find the bracelets make them feel larger, and the straps make them fit better on my small wrist... GL

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Old 15 October 2020, 09:52 AM   #30
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The good thing is panerai's are def meant to be pretty big so at least there's always that going for you...id say 1950s case 44mm luminor or a 45 mm radiomir is the way to go. The due is too thin ish whenever I see see them on a wrist of any size proportionally...
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