Hi! This has bothered me for quite a while so thought would check with the vintage gurus here:
One issue I had with my 232 was the short hour hand. Especially relative to the 47mm case. At certain times of the day, the balance on the dial looks off to me.
There is some debate on the 372 hour hand as well, awesome watch as it is otherwise.
My question is, historically, is there any basis for this among the vintage pieces ? I recall seeing ONE 3646 with exceptionally short hands (both of them), so question is whether this was deliberate on Panerai's part when they recreated these vintages.
This issue would be seperate from personal preferences. But I would point out that the hour hand is perfect on the 249 (dial looks perfectly balanced)
I agree that from the aesthetic point of view, the hands
December 16 2011, 12:17 PM
are of major importance in the 'balance' of the dial/watch. In the PAM 203 for example, the minute hand is absolutely perfect and i am sure its not by chance.
I'm more interested in the historic aspect of hands and I plan a separate post about this topic in the near future.
As we have spoken before, this issue of hands/balance bugs me too. For that reason I dismissed the 372 out of hand the minute I saw the early pics of it way back.
However yesterday I saw a Indoristi bro's piece in the flesh for the first time and I am STILL thinking about it now!! Yes, the hour hand still bothers me. But its how beautiful the rest of the watch looks, the case shape, the dial (especially the font). Real stunner