It's weird I think most watch enthusiasts agree on this....
June 19 2012, 3:26 PM
That they would rather have that off the watch but maybe its there for the lamen shopping for a watch....doesn't make much sense to me honestly. People even took issue with '1950' written on the 127 dial, but they continue to do it with 8 days and ceramica. I honestly don't think it's terrible or anything but I could certainly do without it and would prefer it not to be there.
Re: It's weird I think most watch enthusiasts agree on this....
June 19 2012, 5:39 PM
Maybe it's akin to those BMW drivers that have license frames that say . . . Yes, you guessed it . . . "BMW"
There is that segment of driver/collector that needs to be reminded of what they already own. I don't personally understand it, but yet it exists. Part of what I love about Panerai is its simplicity and lack of showmanship, so I'm guessing (hoping) that readers of this message will appreciate my sentiment, KH
On some brands the text on the dial is part and parcel of the package, but with Panerai it just seems out of place and counter-intuitive given their design history and oeuvre. You don't need to tell me what the watch is made of, or what the mechanism inside does, I already knew that info when I bought the watch.
The recent inclusion of "vintage" engraved on the cases of some models is another transgression that IMO reduces desirability, even more so than the "automatic" etc. With the modern watches the inclusion of text on the dial that explains what the watch is/does can at least be excused by virtue of the fact that the modern line is reaching out to people looking for a more "engaging" dial and watch. But the vintage homage pieces? The entire allure of them is their simplicity, and the people who will generally be buying them are already aware of the vintage connection... no need for engraving on the case to remind me of what I already know
I think it just needs to be the name "Panerai" and model name like "Luminor Marina" especially a watch where the design is quite minimal. I was look at a Role Sea Dweller and could not get past the paragraph of text.