I've owned my only Panerai, a PAM 88, since August. As I bought it during deployment via TZ's sales corner, I didn't really have an opportunity to try on models until I got back in October.
I've always been intrigued by Panerai, and I must say the 88 blew me away through pictures online, so I bought it! Now, after months of trolling this site and TZ's Panerai forum, I've grown fond of the base models (000, 005, 111, 112) that you all own. Especially after all the talk of DNA / simplicity / etc., I needed to see if something other than the 88 was for me. Plus, everyone on this site seemed to knock the 88 for its busy nature.
For the first time, I actually had a 112 on my wrist for a prolonged amount of time. And though I see the beauty of it (as did my girlfriend, which was surprise), I am happy to say that I came away loving my 88 even more and could not see myself getting rid of it for any other model...within this price range, of course!
So I might be an odd case, but man, do I love that cluttered GMT dial! Sorry for the bad pictures...
I love the 88, 89, 63, etc. because of the clutter. Sometimes, you must have clutter. My only exception is those upper left or lower right power reserve dials. Can't stand them, but others will disagree of course.
Love the topic. I have been known to stare at my 63 for the better part of a plane ride from LAX to SJC . . . embarrassing . . . I've rounded out the collection with a 005 and 177, but I still LOVE my first love, my GMT (opps, sorry for the dust)-- KH
I use to have an 88F purchased in 2003. For me, I didn't know much about Panerai then. I
February 14 2012, 4:58 AM
was walking pass Tourneau and noticed a groups of Pam models displayed in the window. Out of the few displayed, I liked the 88. It worked because I was traveling a lot for work then. There was something about it that I quite didn't like. It was just too busy for me - GMT, markers, silver sec. dial, polished case. I hardly wore it in the 7 years of ownership. It just sat in the pear box most of the time. Then, I saw the 312 in 2010. That was the one. I knew instantly. I was drawn to the simplicity as you stated in your post regarding the base models.
You can always trade into one of those models. And if you decide you miss the 88, just repurchase it. I never regretted trading my 88. I never liked it and I was never fond of it. If I recollect, I was considering a Sub 106. I wished I got that instead, but it didn't have the GMT I needed for my travels.
For me though it's not about clutter per se as opposed to the balance of all the elements in the dial. The GMTs of Panerai do have good balance IMHO vs. the PR's so I've never been drawn to the latter.
Although pieces w complications are not generally as appreciated as
February 14 2012, 7:09 AM
the base models in our community, they are liked by many outside of our group. Before learning about the brand and its history, I was naturally attracted to a a 253. To me, it seemed more unique and different than what I thought of a typical Panerai (000, 112). I liked its cool multiple functions and a blue hand. More of us appreciate base models because of their historical connection while many nonpaneristis appreciate more models with multiple features and/or complications. This has been my observations of our little community vs those universal watch collectors. Just my 2 cents.
Pam382 'Bronzo'; (Pam112 & Rolex GMT MasterII - gone); (Pam219 & Pam372 - on their way)