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What’s your thought on Panerai watches?

  1. Bryan R

    Bryan R May 18, 2019

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    Yes. This is an Omega forum but curious your take on their entry level Luminor Sub vs SMP.
     
  2. 77deluxe

    77deluxe May 18, 2019

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    People seem to either love or hate them. They are solid watches. Panerai are less popular at the moment than they were five years ago. But ultimately it’s a personal choice and you should get what speaks to you.
     
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  3. blufinz52

    blufinz52 Hears dead people, not watch rotors. May 18, 2019

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    I can't get past the crown guard. Of the two, the SMP would be my choice.
     
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  4. Snap Crackle

    Snap Crackle May 18, 2019

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    Hard to get the crown guard past anything it’s so big lol.

    Panerai are gorgeous watches and have a timeless look to them especially the dial layout and print detail. The 111 once was in my collection. Still one of my favorite dial layouts of all time. But the size, though you get used to wearing it, looked like I was wearing a boat anchor in pictures.

    They are beginning to dip into the 40mm and lower range with a few selections as of late that are actually quite nice and may be a better watch to have a comparison to the SMP finally.

    The smp is timeless. It’s a luxury tool watch that doesn’t scream luxury or anything out loud. SMP screams “watch”. Panerai have that scream trait to them for attention. PAM’s scream “look I’m big and weird”. :D

    Both solid. Both have history. Both are extremely well built but SMP all the way.....pre-ceramic especially
     
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  5. asrnj77

    asrnj77 May 18, 2019

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    I had a 42mm at one point and it was a nice watch. I think a 40mm might even work better for me but the true Panerai aficionados want 44mm and up. There are a metric ton of them for sale on the used marketplace and resale values don’t seem to be particularly great (unless you buy used to begin with). I think it works really for some people and pretty poorly for others. You just need to get what works for you
     
  6. Bryan R

    Bryan R May 18, 2019

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    Thanks everyone. I have a SMP a Speedy and a pasha now. I have a Vintage Constellation on the way.

    Someone offered me a very nice looking 44mm (big) for a great price and was just curious. He offered to trade straight up. Just curious everyone’s take. Being indecisive.
     
  7. chum_2000_uk

    chum_2000_uk May 18, 2019

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  8. Evitzee

    Evitzee May 18, 2019

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    Two brands i have no interest in are Panerai and Hublot, but there are many devotees of each. Good quality but not to my taste.
     
  9. Bryan R

    Bryan R May 18, 2019

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    Ha. Hublot definitely overblown. The Pam seems to be a little less flamboyant but large.
     
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  10. Braindrain

    Braindrain May 18, 2019

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    Yup, a bajillion PAMs on the market that have a tough time getting sold. Get it if you *really* like it.
     
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  11. corn18

    corn18 May 18, 2019

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    I'm thinking about adding a Pam to the herd. The PAM1441 has caught my eye:

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  12. boraxman

    boraxman May 18, 2019

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    Too big
     
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  13. corn18

    corn18 May 18, 2019

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    Nah, I can pull off a 58mm G-Shock, so this will look small.

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  14. FlyingSnoopy

    FlyingSnoopy May 18, 2019

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    Well said
     
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  15. Bryan R

    Bryan R May 18, 2019

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    That is a lot like the one I’m looking at
     
  16. Canuck

    Canuck May 18, 2019

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    You expose yourself to a broad range of opinions when you ask a question in that manner, I would suggest. I’ve never had the desire to own one of these, in any model.
     
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  17. alam

    alam May 18, 2019

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    the one model I would consider @ 40mm, w/o the funky crown guard..

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  18. Wivac

    Wivac Terribly special May 18, 2019

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    Always fancied a Radiomir, been in the boutique in London a few times to have a look, but there are a few ahead of one in the list.
     
  19. Snap Crackle

    Snap Crackle May 18, 2019

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    Make sure that it is in fact authentic if you do take the offer. PAM’s are notoriously faked and extremely well to boot.
     
  20. w154

    w154 May 18, 2019

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    I too always liked the case shape of the Radiomir and tried a smaller size version a few years. It didn’t have the nice wire lugs though so was a non-starter. Edit: just checked and it was the Radiomir 42mm.
     
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