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Old March 31st, 2015, 04:51 PM
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Panerai watches

I was in the Caribbean last week. Was at a jewelry store and tried on a Panerai watch. I really liked the watches and now thinking about a Pam 88. I have a couple of Rolexes and Tudors, this really caught my eye and like the style. I read a couple of us on the forum are Panerai wearers. How do you feel about them?

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Old March 31st, 2015, 04:59 PM
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Rocking 2 of them. Like very much. Even though Stallone is the de facto american mouth piece
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Old March 31st, 2015, 05:12 PM
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I love mine. I've owned it since 2011, no issues at all. If you get interested, check out a website: Panerai & Breitling Watch Bands, Watch Straps & Buckles | Panatime. Lots of cool straps...
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i am going to have to open a new account under someone else name to chat about watches..... this is going ot be more exciting than the rovers! =)
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Rocking 2 of them. Like very much. Even though Stallone is the de facto american mouth piece
Automatic or manual winds?
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Old March 31st, 2015, 05:30 PM
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Manual. You'll be convinced after you have to repair your first automatic.
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Manual for me as well. it's peaceful winding your watch!
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Love Panerais. PAM88 is a great looking ref.
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I have a PAM 111, manual wind and love it. I've got at least 6 different bands for it and both the clasp buckle and regular buckle. My only regret is not buying a model with the metal bracelet. (fyi some models fit the metal bracelet, but most do not.)
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Old March 31st, 2015, 07:24 PM
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I've got a PAM162 I got years ago in Italy. Nice custom strap by Greg Stevens. Chicks dig it.

Almost as much as they dig the D...
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TPond on this site has one, so you might ask him?
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I have never owned a Panerai but now my interest is peaked. I have a Breitling Superocean with Bentley band, a very nice Omega Seamaster (rose gold case w/rose gold band that weighs a TON), and an older Baume & Mercier Capeland that I wear in rotation but I'm liking the simple rugged look of some of these Paneria's. I may have to pick one up soon.
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I have the 111 which is the base hand wound mechanical Luminor Marina, the 212 which is the 1950 case Flyback and the FER 025 which is a 1/8th second Foudroyante. 111 is a great daily wear with a rough alligator strap by Paneray. 212 is on a black horned lizard strap (monster!). Foudroyante is on a rubber strap.
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I saw my first Panerai at an exotic motorcycle shop in PA, where one used to feed that affliction... The owner had picked it up in Italy, during a trip to the factory from where he imported the bikes. It was the mid 90s and his was a Submersible in Ti. I was quite struck by it. Went on a search and found a new PAM9A at a great little shop in Carmel. Little did I know how lucky it was to find that rare, historic series piece. A few years later, it was possible to get a PAM127 (the "1950") from the Panerai shop in Florence. They were so nice to deal with. After that, started on a path toward simplicity and got a PAM210 Radiomir. The 1950 was an absolute treat to wear, but it was always on my mind to keep it safe from harm. The 9A was my first and I wore it quite a lot, to the point the original strap was well worn and needed replacement.

Speaking of straps, Kevin mentioned Greg Stevens and I absolutely agree that his straps are the best of them all. A friend and I put together two homage Radiomir watches using Cortébert movements that he and I were able to get a hold of. Since the original Radiomir cases had the lugs permanently attached, the straps have to be sewn on. I ordered two straps, one from a nice lady in Italy and one from Greg. Greg came up with a fantastic solution to the requirement to sew on the strap and this watch has been on my wrist almost daily for a very long time.

If you are interested in what all the model numbers mean, this is a good reference: Paneristi.com Sortable Vendome Reference Database

If you would like to see the kind of beautiful art that Greg Stevens makes, have a look here: Watch Straps - G R E G Â* S T E V E N S Â*D E S I G N

Greg was fantastic to work with and I could not have been more pleased. Needless to say, I highly recommend his work.
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I would love a Panerai but the 44mm is just too big for my wrist.
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Well, I took the plunge and picked up a PAM 564 titanium. I am very happy, so far and feels good on my wrist. Now I start the search for some vintage looking watch bands, and time to flip a Tudor Heritage Chronograph. Happy to be in the Panerai Club!
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