Mhmm yeah cause it wasn't creepy the first time ahah!
My 112 predates Panerai's push for in-house movements by quite a few years. It has a slightly modified/decorated UNITAS 6479 ebauche that looks sharp through a display back, and that has proven very reliable over the years, but it's hardly haute horlogerie. When I purchased the watch, Panerai's finest movements were either the El Primero used in a few chronographs or the JLC Caliber 875 used in the 190, which is hands-down my favorite PAM by far.
There were a few years where I wouldn't touch the 112. I felt like I OD'd on OP. I started seeing Luminors everywhere, especially in any given metropolitan area, and while the same could easily be said for Rolex I still retreated back to the coronet for a long time. I only recently started wearing the Panerai again, and I'm enjoying it.
With that said it's going to be a blue Saturday for me:
I hope the weekend is treating you gentlemen well.
Awesome Grande Duo, I'm jealous of the date function.
Being a big guy, I sometimes wish that I had waited to purchase mine until the Grande line became available, but I suspect it's a case of the grass being greener on the other side. I also tell myself that I prefer my older, "pre-harmonized" dials to the newer offerings, especially the guilloche work on the slate dial:
But I know it's just more of the same as I'd love to have the Grande.
I really want a Casa Fagliano strap for mine. I'm having a bespoke strap maker create me one that looks like the 1931 strap, but ultimately I'm sure it will be as satisfying as any other counterfeit.
Agreed! For me, in the case of my 112, I admit that I initially balked at what I felt was too high a cost for a 6479, but in the end I simply fell in love with the watch - I have definitely received my money' s worth in wear over the years, and I look forward to bringing it back into the rotation more often.
The Seamaster was the watch I was looking at before TWAT swayed me a bit to Rolex. The more and more I see a SM the less I am impressed by it. Maybe the bright orange bits of the PO could intrigue me at some point but to be honest there are other pieces I would rather have.
The recent watch video on Hodinkee with the Man of the World guy really sparked my interest to look for something simple and vintage to fill the dress watch hole in my collection. I think throwing a limit of $1,000 out there and seeing where it goes could be interesting. I did just spent that last night on a blue box wedding day gift for my wife she has no idea about.