Originally Posted by Warren G.
I really like the 112, it is pretty pure. But man I can't live without the second hand. That is why I'm considering the 111 or 183 over the 112/210. Another great value Panerai you should check out, the 000. It is a bit cheaper, but it doesn't have the sandwich dial tho. I know most purists prefer the cleaner version 000/112/210. But then again, another flaw with the 111, it doesn't hack (correct me if I'm wrong)
But I'm definitely eyeing on a base Panerai right now.
I too opted for a second hand (177) as I wanted to be able to tell at a glance if I'd remembered to wind the watch, though I think I may have come to appreciate the base designs a bit more.
Not having the sandwich dial can be seen as much as a feature as a draw back, both dial types are nice but in different ways. I not sure if 'most purists' prefer the base (no seconds) models, but I expect they do prefer the ones without a date or other complications. You're right that these don't have hacking seconds. But then they're a bit hard to set precisely anyway as they don't have minute markers either.
Which is kinda comforting for something made for commando divers."When did you say the explosives where supposed to go off?"