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I have been thinking about short (hour) hands:

December 16 2011 at 12:50 AM
TC  (Login tchoo)
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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)

Comments most welcome.

Cheers!

TC

 
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Asi
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High Heid Yin
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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.

Cheers and best from the holyland,

~Asi~



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TC
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Thanks bro and...

December 16 2011, 1:21 PM 

... look forward very much to your wisdom happy.gif

Hope you've been keeping well.

Take care!

TC

 
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Germ�n
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Looking forward to reading that post

December 16 2011, 3:41 PM 

I guess I am a hand man happy.gif
Dont forget about those "luminor" with tritium please happy.gif
I am greedy, yes I know.
Germán

 
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Ken
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That would be a interesting thread to be looking forward to, Asi..

December 16 2011, 4:35 PM 

Thanks and cheers,

Ken

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guillermo
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I'm sure Hagen will be thrilled as he is always talking

December 16 2011, 9:22 PM 

about hands not being correct, too short blablabla..Seriously...Will be an interesting read indeed and I'm anxious to hear what pops up.

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Cheers Guillermo

 
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Asi
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Guys, don't hold your breath

December 17 2011, 2:06 PM 

But will make a post,,, wink.gif

Cheers and best from the holyland,

~Asi~



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Ken
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Thanks for putting this question up, TC...

December 16 2011, 4:34 PM 

It has been bugging me too but I am trying to 'ignore' the shorter hour hand issue on the 372..  Sweet piece.happy.gif

 

Cheers,



Ken

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TC
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202.156.11.227

Good to hear from you bro! (more)

December 17 2011, 2:19 AM 

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 happy.gif

Speak soon!

TC

 
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Ken
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Yes, I'm with you on 372 :-)

December 17 2011, 6:12 AM 

And custom made one strap for it already. Lol

Cheers,

Ken

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Sam
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Thanks for bringing this topic up TC

December 17 2011, 8:30 AM 

Well I agree that shorter hands gives a less "proportioned" look to the 47mm case, unlike the ones with longer hands, such as Fiddy and 249..

I honestly don't know why they did it.. But really I can settle with the look of both PAM232 & 372.. And I think they're nice as it is in a whole..

I mean that it seems odd with short hand when I think about it.. But when you see it on the watch it actually looks really good..

As for the basis from the Vintage Model, I'm really not sure about it.. There are too many variation on the vintage Panerai + that there are many replaced parts of the vintages that we see nowadays..

Best,



Sam

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