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Poor man's Panerai?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by william, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. william

    william Senior member

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    I really like the Panerai Radiomir but can't afford one at the moment.

    Could any of you guys recommend a well made watch with similar aesthetics to the Radiomir?

    Say somewhere under $1500?
     
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  3. whacked

    whacked Senior member

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    ^ IWI Marine Diver, which can be had around $300-400, is of much better quality.


    There's also a Hong Kong guy who does "MTO" Panerai homage at similar costs. Do a search on WatchUSeek.


    That being said, I'd recommend against any of these options. If you like bigger watches, there are lots of attractive and more legit alternatives, in all price ranges.
     
  4. doughboyr6

    doughboyr6 Well-Known Member

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    go to www.watchuseek.com

    i'm in the same boat. And i don't like replicas/fakes....but homage is different. Its generally made with better parts than the stuff on ebay and it doesn't try/pretend to be the real thing (no labels/markings..etc). I did some searching on that forum and many recommended a fellow member JOA who makes Panerai styled watches. I got in touch with him and ordered one.

    They aren't cheap, but cheaper than the real thing. Mine came out to $500 give or take...
     
  5. Nouveau Pauvre

    Nouveau Pauvre Senior member

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    A really lovely watch. I have also been coveting it ever since my dad purchased one. Honestly the best route, though of questionable ethics, is to get a replica. You can get a genuine mechanical movement, that will fool even experts upon cursory examination in the neighborhood of 4-500 dollars.
     
  6. Qubaduck

    Qubaduck Well-Known Member

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    There's tons... RXW does a series of slightly controversial (or at least as contorversial as a watch can be) models that definantly at least draw some design elements from Panerai, for instance. Great watches by all accounts, with a much lower price tag, although maybe harder to find now. The MM20 is probably the most like the classic Luminor Marina, and its been out of production for a few years now, I think. They also have a new one thats a dead ringer for the Radiomir's, but I can't for the life of me rememebr the name. Maybe check TZ and the Big Watch forum though, since they go through fairly regularly there. There are a few mainstream companies that offer similiar peices to Panerai, specifically Bell & Ross, Anonimo, and Enzo; the problem there is that the former two are nearing the same price point as Panerai, while the latter is a fundamentally less attractive peice of work. There are also RWC and IWI (again, hoping I have the names right) "homage" pieces of many Panerai models, and countless panerai fakes out and about from China. Really, the only peice thats easier to find a low rent version of would be the classic Submariner... which is funny, sicne of the course Panerai themselves are derived from a Rolex model from the 50's...
     
  7. whacked

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    Honestly the best route, though of questionable ethics, is to get a replica. You can get a genuine mechanical movement, that will fool even experts upon cursory examination in the neighborhood of 4-500 dollars.

    [​IMG]
     
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    longskate88 Senior member

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    IWI is the way to go, I had one for awhile. Spot on, great qaulity.
     
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    Why don't you just save up and get the real thing? Can't you get a basic Panerai for like $5,000? Is that such a far cry from $1,500?
     
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    Eustace Senior member

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    Why don't you just save up and get the real thing? Can't you get a basic Panerai for like $5,000? Is that such a far cry from $1,500?


    Relatively speaking, that's like saying, "why get a BMW when you can save up and get a Ferrari?" A $3500 difference in the price of a watch is huge IMO.
     
  11. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Relatively speaking, that's like saying, "why get a BMW when you can save up and get a Ferrari?" A $3500 difference in the price of a watch is huge IMO.
    Understood and agreed.

    I just hate going half-assed. A BMW is great in its own right. If the OP wants a Panerai, he should get a Panerai. Or he could get something that's ALMOST a Panerai and never be fully happy with it. In my experience, every time I've wanted X and compromised with Y, I've always wished that I'd just waited a bit longer and gotten what I wanted in the first place.
     
  12. Flambeur

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    It's fine to get an affordable watch, but I think it's a little cheesy to get one that is so obviously modeled upon the object of your desire (To me, IWI MD looks totally like a PAM knockoff. ) There are plenty of original, nice watches of similar size and style in your price range.
     
  13. mr monty

    mr monty Senior member

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    go to www.watchuseek.com

    i'm in the same boat. And i don't like replicas/fakes....but homage is different. Its generally made with better parts than the stuff on ebay and it doesn't try/pretend to be the real thing (no labels/markings..etc). I did some searching on that forum and many recommended a fellow member JOA who makes Panerai styled watches. I got in touch with him and ordered one.

    They aren't cheap, but cheaper than the real thing. Mine came out to $500 give or take...


    For a cheaper price visit :

    http://www.internationalwatchman.com/home.html

    pics:
    http://internationalwatchman.com/200...PVDUnitas.html
     
  14. dl20

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    Why don't you just save up and get the real thing? Can't you get a basic Panerai for like $5,000? Is that such a far cry from $1,500?

    I agree with this, kind of. I've seen near mint Panerai's go for $3000 on the sales corner of Timezone sold by members who need to free up some cash asap. Panerai's are always on the sales corner so save up and check the forum often.

    You will never be happy with an homage model and you are bound to take a hit on the resale.

    dl
     
  15. GloStiX

    GloStiX Senior member

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    There was a kit to build your own Panerai 111 style watch with no markings somewhere on the internet for less than $150 if I recall correctly. High quality Unitas movement that IWI Marine Diver uses, comes with all the tools and a leather strap.
     
  16. Chips

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    [​IMG] I loved the design and size of Panerai, but couldn't afford one. I bought a cheap knock off in San Jose, and found a nice stingray band to put on it. My guilt over owning a cheap knock off is small, but the large scuff that the glass picked up keeps me from wearing it. But it does take a good deal of pleasure out of the occasion, knowing that it's fake. It makes me want to save up and eventually own a genuine one. For now, I instead wear the hell out of my Raymond Weil, but at least that one is genuine. Please excuse the pathetic staged photo, I'm trying to get better at framing and capturing close up shots.
     
  17. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    It's fine to get an affordable watch, but I think it's a little cheesy to get one that is so obviously modeled upon the object of your desire (To me, IWI MD looks totally like a PAM knockoff. ) There are plenty of original, nice watches of similar size and style in your price range.

    FWIW and I know that's not helpful to the OP here, I'm of the same opinion.
     
  18. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    Understood and agreed.

    I just hate going half-assed. A BMW is great in its own right. If the OP wants a Panerai, he should get a Panerai. Or he could get something that's ALMOST a Panerai and never be fully happy with it. In my experience, every time I've wanted X and compromised with Y, I've always wished that I'd just waited a bit longer and gotten what I wanted in the first place.


    +1 on this. And I'd sooner get a 2nd hand Panerai logo model than get a replica/homage. There are other places, not just TZ, that offers pre-owned Panerais out there. And, with the way the global economy is going- I wouldn't be surprised to see more pre-owned watches up for sale in the coming months.

    Re: fakes- I absolutely won't throw money on them.
     
  19. william

    william Senior member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    The purpose of my post was to find something in the same vein as the Radiomir... not a fake/replica.
     

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