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Only 3 years

October 26 2017 at 8:02 AM

Vince   (Login P1723)
Paneristi
from IP address 111.65.57.205

Today, 3 years ago, it was a nice ‪Sunday morning‬.
Appointment was made for the evening and I could hardly wait I remember.
As it was almost time to leave home for a nice coffee before the appointment, I grabbed my wallet and a strap that’s all.
I been eyeing on the new model (was then), 8 days manual, titanium military look, no date, simple.
Having tried on my wrist the first time, I was sold!
Couldn’t wait to put on the strap I brought along as I knew, for sure the OEM won’t my tiny 5.75” wrist.
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Still remember that feel…the happiness…
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So I started having it on everyday, looking forward to winding it every week. It was smooth, buttery smooth. Baby the watch, afraid of scratches. Pictures with food, sceneries and wrist shots were common in the city but never on rugged terrains nor overseas trips, rain nor wet it at all.
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Then one fine day, it happened. A passer-by swing by his SS watch and I felt the impact. Ouch, painful, it was really painful, for the heart.
Was very sad the first few weeks and kept looking at the ding (miserable small and hardly visible one).
Still logging into ‪P.com‬ daily to admire adventures and wrist shots from everyone, digging into history of the brand further.
One moment something just struck. Why baby it? It was a naval tool which braved the freezing waters, mud and combat.
 
Then the journey began. It goes with me to many more holiday trips.
First was the harsh (to me) winter in Hokkaido.
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Well, it was running not so great so it got admitted.
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Happy to be back after a month
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Then I got my diving permit
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Follow by advanced course
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The first time it tasted sea water.
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To Taiwan
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London
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Amsterdam
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Germany
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And a proud achievement when I got my wife into this crazy sh*T
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New victim of the strap bug
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Italy
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Oldest in Venice
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And Japan again
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Then it was the second dive, a real muddy one with extremely poor visibility.
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Now I realised, to fully enjoy the watch is to do everything together.
No more babying, no more hiding, the more harsh the condition is, the better the watch gets.
Of course through this journey met a few nice people who are crazy with the brand.
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The watch is now like a diary, every single scratch is a memory.
Upcoming trip, another harsh winter to see the Northern lights maybe?
 
It’s only 3 years I am aware, nothing compared to the seniors here but it will go on.
Thanks for reading!

 
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Ferry
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Thank you for sharing your story

October 26 2017, 8:38 AM 

Hi Vince!

Most of us go through these phases, being super careful with you Panerai, It has been 3 1/2 years for me now and still my watches go on the polishing cloth when I take them off, the one I do not use, carefully packed.

You mentioned that at one point your watch stopped running accurate, how long did you have the watch and how did it come back?

Looking at the wrist of your lady, maybe a 42 or 40 would fit her better or you must have a second plan where the both of you can share both watches! happy.gif

Have a great day!
Best regards,
Ferry

Dutchman, Panerista since 2014 and learning
PAM389 and PAM372 and a bunch of straps

www.paneristi.nl

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Vince
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Re: Thank you for sharing your story

October 26 2017, 9:56 AM 

Hey hi thanks for reading!
The watch was running fast by more than 1min a day after a full wind, since day one.


 
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Jack
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Great post

October 26 2017, 11:46 AM 

This is how it's done. Nice to see the watch is an adventure companion

 
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JB in Shaker
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Gr8 Post - thanks for sharing your 3 years with a PAM!

October 26 2017, 12:24 PM 

JB in Shaker

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DON
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Thanks for posting Vince - enjoyed the read (nt)

October 26 2017, 12:46 PM 

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PiterM
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Awesome! My kind of story, yeah!!!

October 26 2017, 1:08 PM 

Thanks for sharing, really supercool!

 
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Chris
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Great Story!

October 26 2017, 1:09 PM 

I'm a new PAM guy myself and love to hear about others who are not only loving the brand but really enjoying their watches on a daily basis. Its why I fell in love with the PAM233, and can't see a single situation where I wouldn't be proud to have it on my wrist! (dings be damned)

 
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Jeff in Iowa
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Great post Vince . .

October 26 2017, 1:35 PM 

Really enjoyed following your journey!

 
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Ken
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"The watch is now like a diary" ...

October 26 2017, 2:46 PM 

Thanks for the great story. I see you visited Otaru! I lived in Hokkaido for 1 year in 1999 and enjoyed beautiful national parks there.

 
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DesmoFan
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Great Post Vince!

October 26 2017, 3:01 PM 

I've always enjoyed your detailed and photo-rich posts, so cool to have this re-cap here in sequence.

 
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Mike Aeromat209
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Wow Vince Great Post

October 26 2017, 3:09 PM 

You got the Passion Bravo !!!!

 
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Peter Fruehling
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What an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING story!!! TFS, Vince! :-)

October 26 2017, 4:49 PM 

- Peter


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Phil
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thanks for posting..

October 26 2017, 5:08 PM 

great and wonderful journey with your PAM...toast to many more...
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Miki
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Awesome Adventure Bro...

October 26 2017, 6:29 PM 

The number of years is just what it is...numbers. The passion is what defined the Ristiness...

See you later for the long waited first official celebration.

Cheers.
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'It ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit,
and keep moving forward.
How much you can take, and keep moving forward.
That's how winning is done.'

 
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Ryan Wenkus
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Now thats a post

October 26 2017, 6:51 PM 

This makes me happy. What a great post and a great reminder of whats these things are for ( well besides keeping time )

 
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Mike
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great story

October 26 2017, 7:06 PM 

i agree, i felt the first scratch deep in my soul. hurts a little less every time!

excellent pics. i'm here a0bout 3 years too and loving it!

Mike...NYC. My collection so far is a 312 and some cool straps.

 
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stockae92
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now that's an awesome watch story

October 26 2017, 10:04 PM 

glad to read that someone actually celebrate wearing the watch, instead of "help! I got a scratch / ding / dent on my watch, what should I do?" happy.gif

 
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Rapers
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How dare you.........

October 26 2017, 11:58 PM 

come to London and not let us know in advance?
Next time, tip us the wink and we'll find a red carpet for you.
A fun read this, many thanks, Vince.

 
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Paul
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LOVE IT!

October 27 2017, 1:30 PM 

What a great story. And I love how you've embraced the watch for what it is designed for (and always was).... there are some things (watches, cameras, lenses, jewelry, cars etc...) that are investments and others that are highly perfected works of industrial design that are meant to be used for the purpose they were created for. I personally love when these types of things develop their own patina. When they become an extension of our own life story. And it's clear that your PAM has now moved into that space. Congrats. Enjoy the watch, enjoy the memories and don't stop making them with your wife!

All the best from Canada,

- Paul


 
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