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post #46 of 71
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Stuffs styleforum overrates. IMHO.

whaddayamean overrate? from the post i've read lately i have the impression most members, or at least most of the more opinionated members w/ regards to watches, aren't panerai fans at all.
post #47 of 71
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OK. After reading this thread I think I get it. I am not missing anything. It is just a watch some people like. I happen not to be one of them, though I think I would like the design just fine in a smaller scale.
post #48 of 71
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post
OK. After reading this thread I think I get it. I am not missing anything. It is just a watch some people like. I happen not to be one of them, though I think I would like the design just fine in a smaller scale.

Is 40mm small enough? They make some Radiomirs in that size.
post #49 of 71
dopey, are you, by any chance, a Zen master?
post #50 of 71
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
Is 40mm small enough? They make some Radiomirs in that size.
if that is the max case size dimension, then I think it is pushing it, but ok. I prefer around 34-36mm. But I wear bigger in chronographs.

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dopey, are you, by any chance, a Zen master?

I am a actually a bundle of raging neuroses, but I type calmly.
post #51 of 71
New to the forum, late to this thread. Just to provide a little history, I'll add the following. The original Panerais were sourced entirely from Rolex. The early ones were actually signed Roex on the case, movement and more or less the crown -everywhere but the dial. What they really are is a modified version of the 47mm Rolex Oyster (waterproof) pocket watch. Rolex itself advertised the same watch as the model 2533, but it appears that none actually exist, or at least have never been found. But for whatever reason (presumably visibility as suggested above), this was ideal for Panerai's needs and that's what they ordered. The only possible contribution from Panerai was the dial. The Rolex version had a pretty conventional dial, including a seconds register at 9:00. The Panerai versions had very plain dials (excluding the occasional obviously Rolex-supplied California dial), which had neither a seconds register nor even minute hash marks. As noted above, that's a perplexing feature for a military watch. I suppose that most military watches only had the hands and hour markers illuminated, but it still seems that printing a minute track couldn't have hurt. Anyway, while it's not clear whether or not Rolex actually produced the dials, it is apparent that Panerai had a Hand in the design.

So, that's what I know about Panerai. Like them or not, it's safe to say that there was no thought given to market appeal or fashion trends when the giant 47mm Panerai Radiomir was developed.
post #52 of 71

My brother is a huge Panerai fan and at first I didn't get it.  I have always been pretty basic with my watches, owning an Omega SMP and a JLC Dualtime for dressier occasions.  At some point this year, I was looking for a rugged looking watch.  I was in the Cayman Islands and walked into one of the plentiful watch boutiques.  I tried a Panerai on..and I was glued to it.  I went with a 112 because as they say, "base is ace!"  

 

I'm not going to argue with people about the marketing machine that is Panerai.  You're probably right.  But I love them and the watch truly spoke to me.  I wear it every weekend.  

post #53 of 71
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What i sthe appeal of Panerai watches? This i not a knock on them, as I understand people like things for different reasons. I personally don't understand why they are interesting or attractive or otherwise worthwhile. But there must be something to it. Or is it just that you either get it or you don't, and I don't?
Funny that this thread got bumped as just this weekend I was speaking with some SF Panerai fans and I mentioned the trouble I had "getting" Panerai. I still don't get it. I don't have anything against the watch though. It's like looking at a copy of a book that everyone says is great but that is written in a language I don't understand.
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post

Well... how do you explain the appeal of a design? Hard task. It's appealing to me because I like the designs of the historic Marina and Radiomir watches.


As Stevie said, isn't she lovely?

So is this the famous photo?
post #54 of 71
You should stop thinking about this IMO, there is nothing really to "get". Either you like the design or you don't. If we all liked the same designs, we'd all be driving the same car, living in apartments that look the same and, yes, wearing the same watch.
post #55 of 71
All because of Stallone having bought it during the making of Daylight is how Panerai got its rise.
I can bet it would not have been as popular if this didnt happen
post #56 of 71
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It's like looking at a copy of a book that everyone says is great but that is written in a language I don't understand.

It's not like that at all.
post #57 of 71
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What i sthe appeal of Panerai watches? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This i not a knock on them, as I understand people like things for different reasons. I personally don't understand why they are interesting or attractive or otherwise worthwhile. But there must be something to it. Or is it just that you either get it or you don't, and I don't?

tacky. on the other hand my architecture friend loves them for their simplicity. go figure.
post #58 of 71
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post

You should stop thinking about this IMO, there is nothing really to "get". Either you like the design or you don't. If we all liked the same designs, we'd all be driving the same car, living in apartments that look the same and, yes, wearing the same watch.

i didn't see your post before. I really respect your sense of style and a few things i got aware dealing with you. so take my tacky comment not too serious. much appreciated.
post #59 of 71

You either get Panerai or your don't. And for those that do, it tends to be more about the community than anything else. 

post #60 of 71
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Originally Posted by elisiX View Post

You either get Panerai or your don't. And for those that do, it tends to be more about the community than anything else. 

Not in the community but i really like the watches. I got my eyes on Panerai ten years ago but didn´t have the funds to buy one, saved up for one and got a PAM177 six years ago. The reason i got interested in the brand is because (i like the design of course) i have a background in SF/military diving. Felt like the right watch for me and don´t care what others think smile.gif
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