I heard that the 339s are finished with production...

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I heard that the 339s are finished with production...

RUpanerai
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February 17th, 2012, 6:47 pm #1

I heard from an AD today that the 339s will not be produced or delivered anymore and they will not be producing the full range of 1500.

Anyone else here this or can confirm?


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February 17th, 2012, 7:18 pm #2



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February 17th, 2012, 7:36 pm #3

I heard from an AD today that the 339s will not be produced or delivered anymore and they will not be producing the full range of 1500.

Anyone else here this or can confirm?

Hey there Br hadn't had a chance to post scans due to work travel but after many many months I finally got the call last week and can finally join the 339 club! So hang in there and best of luck to you, Jeff
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February 17th, 2012, 7:37 pm #4

I heard from an AD today that the 339s will not be produced or delivered anymore and they will not be producing the full range of 1500.

Anyone else here this or can confirm?

Doesn't make sense not to at least finish the production and be done with it. If it's true does it have to do with the composite material or the MM dial? The 339 has been a mysterious ride, makes me ponder it's future value....

Flippers soon to take all the ads down and wait a year or so hahahha

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February 17th, 2012, 7:46 pm #5

I heard from an AD today that the 339s will not be produced or delivered anymore and they will not be producing the full range of 1500.

Anyone else here this or can confirm?

Had one and passed it on, just curious for curiosity sake. Would be pretty interesting if they stopped production due to manufacturing problems and makes me wonder about the two new Composite pieces coming out.... No horse in this race.

Ceramic was probably a better choice.



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February 17th, 2012, 7:56 pm #6

Doesn't make sense not to at least finish the production and be done with it. If it's true does it have to do with the composite material or the MM dial? The 339 has been a mysterious ride, makes me ponder it's future value....

Flippers soon to take all the ads down and wait a year or so hahahha

I have no inside information whatsoever, so take this as just speculation. But I've heard from my AD so many times that they were having difficulty with the composite material production that I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see them call it a wrap at 1000, especially since I don't think sales have been what they want.

Didn't they do something similar with the Black Knight and that PVD'd movement? I thought I read that the process was so difficult that they halted it and switched to the smoked crystal in mid production.

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February 17th, 2012, 7:56 pm #7

Had one and passed it on, just curious for curiosity sake. Would be pretty interesting if they stopped production due to manufacturing problems and makes me wonder about the two new Composite pieces coming out.... No horse in this race.

Ceramic was probably a better choice.


I bet that thing would have been a winner if they'd simply done a brown ceramic. I think it would have had a better weight/feel and been easy to produce.

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February 17th, 2012, 8:11 pm #8

Had one and passed it on, just curious for curiosity sake. Would be pretty interesting if they stopped production due to manufacturing problems and makes me wonder about the two new Composite pieces coming out.... No horse in this race.

Ceramic was probably a better choice.


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February 17th, 2012, 9:06 pm #9

Doesn't make sense not to at least finish the production and be done with it. If it's true does it have to do with the composite material or the MM dial? The 339 has been a mysterious ride, makes me ponder it's future value....

Flippers soon to take all the ads down and wait a year or so hahahha

mine is numbered well into the 1000's. I don't think your AD is correct. It would be really odd for OP not to finish the last 100 or so...
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February 17th, 2012, 9:09 pm #10

I heard from an AD today that the 339s will not be produced or delivered anymore and they will not be producing the full range of 1500.

Anyone else here this or can confirm?

Wow, I hope this isn't true, I like to see Panerai continue to make interesting pieces like this, and it wouldn't bode well for other models with that material - I would really like to get either a 386 or 375 at some point.

I have a 339 and love it, much more than I thought I would. The lightness messes with your brain, sometimes I worry I forgot to put the watch on.

I also have a 292, great contrast - both are really cool, and ceramic is definitely awesome - so glad to see Panerai pushing that material too. Just hope they keep making composite as well, there's nothing like the feel of that super light watch, and it looks great.

Quite a mystery...

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February 17th, 2012, 9:21 pm #11

mine is numbered well into the 1000's. I don't think your AD is correct. It would be really odd for OP not to finish the last 100 or so...
It does not mean that 1498 were produced prior to that.


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February 17th, 2012, 9:25 pm #12

Wow, I hope this isn't true, I like to see Panerai continue to make interesting pieces like this, and it wouldn't bode well for other models with that material - I would really like to get either a 386 or 375 at some point.

I have a 339 and love it, much more than I thought I would. The lightness messes with your brain, sometimes I worry I forgot to put the watch on.

I also have a 292, great contrast - both are really cool, and ceramic is definitely awesome - so glad to see Panerai pushing that material too. Just hope they keep making composite as well, there's nothing like the feel of that super light watch, and it looks great.

Quite a mystery...

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When I strapped it on I was just blown away by the weightlessness, I had to do a double-take to make sure its 47mm. And to the Risti that inquired mine was #10xx so my feeling is that there are still quite a few more to come so there will be plenty for anyone that still that wants one. And to anyone still on the fence, it is quite the piece and imho totally worth the plunge.
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February 17th, 2012, 9:31 pm #13

It does not mean that 1498 were produced prior to that.

are you certain of that? my understanding from the boutiques was that the watches were produced serially, but the distribution may not follow in seriatim.
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February 17th, 2012, 10:07 pm #14

The real sequence is given by serial number; millesimation meant about total production mainly, wich is impossible to know at glance from serial

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February 17th, 2012, 10:25 pm #15

I heard from an AD today that the 339s will not be produced or delivered anymore and they will not be producing the full range of 1500.

Anyone else here this or can confirm?

It's a major set back if they got production disrupted -- on other hand, it's the best to do in case the issues on "composite" were not fixed -- and it's already few years since announced , if not fixed yet, when it would be? Better one step back than falling backwards, as we used to say down south

Once it's confirmed, it would be interesting to see how the interest of collectors would be driven by this piece, given case does not disintegrate

Since early I've been complaining about the wrong use of term "composite" ; then the issues emerged -- it seems the base material is prone to sweat both acidity or alkalinity -- it's not surprise given much more noble materials are attacked as well . It makes me wonder how could Panerai had launched and marketed this piece the way it was.

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February 17th, 2012, 10:56 pm #16

I heard from an AD today that the 339s will not be produced or delivered anymore and they will not be producing the full range of 1500.

Anyone else here this or can confirm?

And he said that according to his Panerai Rep, Panerai did produce all 1500, and distributed all of them. Not sure which is right, but this guys info is a bit better than my other AD...

Sorry for the confusion.


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February 17th, 2012, 10:58 pm #17

I heard from an AD today that the 339s will not be produced or delivered anymore and they will not be producing the full range of 1500.

Anyone else here this or can confirm?

This jives with everything I have been told about insurmountable issues with the composite. This would jive with no 375 and 386 like I have been plastering all over this site. Not b/c of speculation b/c it is what many higher ups have been saying. No more composites-its that simple. If I had a 339 I'd be very worried.
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February 18th, 2012, 12:37 am #18

I heard from an AD today that the 339s will not be produced or delivered anymore and they will not be producing the full range of 1500.

Anyone else here this or can confirm?

Just happy to have owned my 339 since November, 2010. Mine is not for sale.

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February 18th, 2012, 1:21 am #19

I heard from an AD today that the 339s will not be produced or delivered anymore and they will not be producing the full range of 1500.

Anyone else here this or can confirm?

IMHO, they made all 1500, I got 2nd of mine last Oct and it is 13XX/1500.
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February 18th, 2012, 3:55 am #20

I heard from an AD today that the 339s will not be produced or delivered anymore and they will not be producing the full range of 1500.

Anyone else here this or can confirm?

and hopefully it will have a new case/caseback and crown as all parts were going downhill fast. However, if/when I get it back I'm not taking any chances and putting it on a Nato/Bund-inspired strap similar to one of these:

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