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PAM 685's front Crystal: Sapphire (according PANERAI site) or Plexi?

July 10 2017 at 3:31 AM
BIGPOCKETS  (Login BIGPOCKETS)
Paneristi
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Hi all,
I'm a bit confused about this piece.

I've been researching it & some on-line articles (they all seem to be "cut & paste" of one another), say that it (as well as the 687), have a Plexi mounted, as well as a spare Plexi in the SE box. I guess this would also explain the (Pathetic) 30Mt Water Rating.
The PANERAI site states that it has Sapphire mounted on front & back & spare Plexi in the box.

One article states "Those who value functionality over nostalgia, on the other hand, will be pleased that there is also an option to switch this scratch-susceptible crystal with a more durable sapphire option."
(See below)

http://www.watchalyzer.com/panerai-watches/radiomir/panerai-radiomir-3-days-acciaio-brevettato-pam685-pam687/

Anyone know for sure?

Thx BP



 
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Beef
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Paneristi
24.158.61.2

Can only speak for the 687...

July 10 2017, 3:40 AM 

...which is plexi. I'm fairly certain the 685 is as well. I suspect that article is erroneous when it says you can switch to sapphire. Unless the extra crystal that came with the 687 is indeed sapphire. That would be a new one. I'll have to look when I have a chance.

 
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Matt Reynolds
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159.180.110.66

I have checked my 687 ...

July 10 2017, 11:59 AM 

and it's plexiglass on both the watch and the replacement is also plexiglass.

 
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BIGPOCKETS
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121.219.231.22

I've just received a call from the PANERAI boutique in HK...

July 10 2017, 1:34 PM 

...and it's confirmed. Both fitted & replacement are Plexi.
A deal breaker for me though..... sad.gif I need to do one soul searching on this one...
Thanks for looking out for me.... BP

 
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Beef
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Take the plexi plunge...

July 10 2017, 2:26 PM 

It's truly a non-issue. You won't regret it.

 
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DON
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173.33.211.102

Back in the day the divers didn't pay $8000 or so for their watches >>

July 10 2017, 3:40 PM 

so the WR wasn't a major concern. Watch gets water damaged. Go get another

Even if you used a sapphire crystal. Doubt it would change the WR of the watch.

Crystal is low and should be able to avoid heavy scratches unless you're brutal on your watches. Little polywatch and it cleans up. Heavier may require more work or the replacement.

If you like the watch. Buy it.

DON
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Matt Reynolds
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Plexi is sexi, end of [nt]

July 10 2017, 5:40 PM 


 
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eric s.
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I saw a separate crystal in the 687 box. dont know what it was made of...

July 10 2017, 7:42 PM 


 
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Riverwalk
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"Pathetic 30 Metre"

July 13 2017, 5:10 AM 


I do have to smile at the comment about Pathetic 30 Metre water rating. If and it is a big If you were to dive with this watch, it would be sufficient a rating to cover probably 95% o0f all recreational dives. Watches with higher ratings than this like 100 Metres, would be for hard core divers, who would be experienced divers using Nitrox, or Trimix gases to assist their dive.

 
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Walt Nicholson
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30 is as good as 300 as far as my needs go.

July 13 2017, 5:05 PM 

Who the hell collects these beauties for their Bar anyway.

Walt . . . [linked image]
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Paneristi: "a non reversible pathology that only gets worse with time"

 
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BIGPOCKETS
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30 Mt Water Resistance ....

July 14 2017, 4:05 PM 

...only recommended for light water splashing & not recommenddd for even swimming (as used on many dress watches).

http://www.paneraisource.com/articles_water_resistance.shtml

I'm aware that for proper diving you'd need a deeper rated watch.
My point: which you missed is:
Coming from a brand which made its history based on "dive watches", I think such a rating is "pathetic".
It makes me think that plexi crystal watches can only be rated at 30Mt?
So how does that explain the original 372s?
I know the 685 has a screw down crown so I'd assume it's water resistant (?), for swimming & splashing around.(?) at least.
So why not Rate it at 100Mt?, or even 50Mt?
So if swimming (which isn't recommended with s 30Mt watch) causes water damage then what? Is the the warranty void
When it comes to having it repaired?

The confusing thing about this piece is that it's a modern version of a dive prototype, manufactured usng the latest techniques, but you cannot even swim with it, because of it's rating....

 
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