If you could only keep one of these three...

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If you could only keep one of these three...

coloristi
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March 4th, 2012, 2:59 am #1

All,

First let me briefly apologize for my OTT rant on Helson in an earlier post from yesterday. Amanda and others are indeed correct, and I was in error. The sheer volume of Helson posts as of late touched a nerve.

My question is if you were the proud owner of a 000, 417 and 390, which were purchased in that order, and felt one Luminor in the collection was enough, which one would you keep? I'm particularly interested in hearing from 000 owners as I've seen many who sold theirs, regretted it, and repurchased. Of the three I wear the 000 the most and the 417 the least, yet I like them all for different reasons. So if I indeed wanted to trade up for something and part with a couple, which is the one to keep and why?

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March 4th, 2012, 3:08 am #2

Im on my 3rd pam 000. Hopefully there wont be a 4th! The 390 would also be a keeper. I would go for a rad or sub as my next pam. Is it a must that you get rid of 2? What were you thinking of trading up to?
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March 4th, 2012, 3:10 am #3

All,

First let me briefly apologize for my OTT rant on Helson in an earlier post from yesterday. Amanda and others are indeed correct, and I was in error. The sheer volume of Helson posts as of late touched a nerve.

My question is if you were the proud owner of a 000, 417 and 390, which were purchased in that order, and felt one Luminor in the collection was enough, which one would you keep? I'm particularly interested in hearing from 000 owners as I've seen many who sold theirs, regretted it, and repurchased. Of the three I wear the 000 the most and the 417 the least, yet I like them all for different reasons. So if I indeed wanted to trade up for something and part with a couple, which is the one to keep and why?
novelty and will never be made again. I have never understood the overwhelming likeability factor that the 390 has. It does nothing for me, but to each his own. The 000 (particularly when dlc'd!), is a timeless classic because it is a base "logo."

AFAIC, I'd dump the 390, because IMHO, it is nothing special.

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March 4th, 2012, 3:23 am #4

All,

First let me briefly apologize for my OTT rant on Helson in an earlier post from yesterday. Amanda and others are indeed correct, and I was in error. The sheer volume of Helson posts as of late touched a nerve.

My question is if you were the proud owner of a 000, 417 and 390, which were purchased in that order, and felt one Luminor in the collection was enough, which one would you keep? I'm particularly interested in hearing from 000 owners as I've seen many who sold theirs, regretted it, and repurchased. Of the three I wear the 000 the most and the 417 the least, yet I like them all for different reasons. So if I indeed wanted to trade up for something and part with a couple, which is the one to keep and why?
Why? Because the 000 is the quintessential everyday base and the 390 is on the best watches Panerai has ever made.

The 417 is a cool watch and was well intentioned but honestly the pig on the dial just doesn't work IMO and the font shape of the numbers is just weird and bothers me.

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March 4th, 2012, 3:28 am #5

why do you believe that the 390 is one of the best watches Panerai ever made?

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March 4th, 2012, 3:35 am #6

All,

First let me briefly apologize for my OTT rant on Helson in an earlier post from yesterday. Amanda and others are indeed correct, and I was in error. The sheer volume of Helson posts as of late touched a nerve.

My question is if you were the proud owner of a 000, 417 and 390, which were purchased in that order, and felt one Luminor in the collection was enough, which one would you keep? I'm particularly interested in hearing from 000 owners as I've seen many who sold theirs, regretted it, and repurchased. Of the three I wear the 000 the most and the 417 the least, yet I like them all for different reasons. So if I indeed wanted to trade up for something and part with a couple, which is the one to keep and why?
For me the 417 is a piece of history. Personal history. It's got Lady Liberty on the back and for kid that immigrated to the US and grew up in Queens...Lady Liberty is a lot more than a Circle Line tour stop.

I like the 390 and have owned the 000 but the 417 is my keeper.

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March 4th, 2012, 3:42 am #7

All,

First let me briefly apologize for my OTT rant on Helson in an earlier post from yesterday. Amanda and others are indeed correct, and I was in error. The sheer volume of Helson posts as of late touched a nerve.

My question is if you were the proud owner of a 000, 417 and 390, which were purchased in that order, and felt one Luminor in the collection was enough, which one would you keep? I'm particularly interested in hearing from 000 owners as I've seen many who sold theirs, regretted it, and repurchased. Of the three I wear the 000 the most and the 417 the least, yet I like them all for different reasons. So if I indeed wanted to trade up for something and part with a couple, which is the one to keep and why?
"Time flies when you are ALIVE"
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March 4th, 2012, 3:46 am #8

why do you believe that the 390 is one of the best watches Panerai ever made?

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If you haven't had one in your hands or on your wrist maybe you may not get it, and I may not speak for everyone but my favorite era of Panerai is the 'PreV' era. The watches that were made from 1993-1996 are what I find the most beautiful and cherish the most, especially the bases. I love Panerai because it is an essential tool watch for people that aren't watch snobs worrying about what movements are better and how many useless complications that can be put into a watch. Sure I appreciate those things as a watch enthusiast but to me the best thing about the Panerai brand is it's beauty in simplicity, and how that beauty is something they pioneered, not for fashion at all for function and somehow all these years later is here for us to enjoy and appreciate. How much more gorgeous can you get than a high polished case, a brushed crown guard, a rich brown base dial, gold hands and a robust movement? To me nothing, that is it!!! Panerai will continue to progress as a brand leaving behind yet another era, and the 390 will be one of the last greats of that era, make no mistake



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March 4th, 2012, 3:48 am #9

All,

First let me briefly apologize for my OTT rant on Helson in an earlier post from yesterday. Amanda and others are indeed correct, and I was in error. The sheer volume of Helson posts as of late touched a nerve.

My question is if you were the proud owner of a 000, 417 and 390, which were purchased in that order, and felt one Luminor in the collection was enough, which one would you keep? I'm particularly interested in hearing from 000 owners as I've seen many who sold theirs, regretted it, and repurchased. Of the three I wear the 000 the most and the 417 the least, yet I like them all for different reasons. So if I indeed wanted to trade up for something and part with a couple, which is the one to keep and why?
Special edition, base dial, tobacco/ gold combo, done.

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March 4th, 2012, 3:53 am #10

why do you believe that the 390 is one of the best watches Panerai ever made?

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Hi Richard,

In reading Kevin's reply, I will agree I've never seen a picture of this watch (marketing or an owner) that realistically interprets the experience. The 390 is stunning. Panerai hit it out of the park with the combination of tobaco dial, gold hands (which especially aren't translating in pictures), and the patina on the dial. It's a very different experience than the 000. Currently sporting it on a Gunny 74 as I type. I would sum it up and say to me, it's a much dressier, classier looking piece.
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March 4th, 2012, 3:54 am #11

All,

First let me briefly apologize for my OTT rant on Helson in an earlier post from yesterday. Amanda and others are indeed correct, and I was in error. The sheer volume of Helson posts as of late touched a nerve.

My question is if you were the proud owner of a 000, 417 and 390, which were purchased in that order, and felt one Luminor in the collection was enough, which one would you keep? I'm particularly interested in hearing from 000 owners as I've seen many who sold theirs, regretted it, and repurchased. Of the three I wear the 000 the most and the 417 the least, yet I like them all for different reasons. So if I indeed wanted to trade up for something and part with a couple, which is the one to keep and why?
I would keep the only modern day lumnior with brown dial and gold hands.

Good luck with your decision!

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March 4th, 2012, 4:05 am #12

All,

First let me briefly apologize for my OTT rant on Helson in an earlier post from yesterday. Amanda and others are indeed correct, and I was in error. The sheer volume of Helson posts as of late touched a nerve.

My question is if you were the proud owner of a 000, 417 and 390, which were purchased in that order, and felt one Luminor in the collection was enough, which one would you keep? I'm particularly interested in hearing from 000 owners as I've seen many who sold theirs, regretted it, and repurchased. Of the three I wear the 000 the most and the 417 the least, yet I like them all for different reasons. So if I indeed wanted to trade up for something and part with a couple, which is the one to keep and why?
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March 4th, 2012, 4:22 am #13

Hi Richard,

In reading Kevin's reply, I will agree I've never seen a picture of this watch (marketing or an owner) that realistically interprets the experience. The 390 is stunning. Panerai hit it out of the park with the combination of tobaco dial, gold hands (which especially aren't translating in pictures), and the patina on the dial. It's a very different experience than the 000. Currently sporting it on a Gunny 74 as I type. I would sum it up and say to me, it's a much dressier, classier looking piece.
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March 4th, 2012, 4:49 am #14

All,

First let me briefly apologize for my OTT rant on Helson in an earlier post from yesterday. Amanda and others are indeed correct, and I was in error. The sheer volume of Helson posts as of late touched a nerve.

My question is if you were the proud owner of a 000, 417 and 390, which were purchased in that order, and felt one Luminor in the collection was enough, which one would you keep? I'm particularly interested in hearing from 000 owners as I've seen many who sold theirs, regretted it, and repurchased. Of the three I wear the 000 the most and the 417 the least, yet I like them all for different reasons. So if I indeed wanted to trade up for something and part with a couple, which is the one to keep and why?
417 is just a 000 with a pig instead of a logo. The 390 is an SE, and is just gorgeous! my 2c.

in the end, you have to keep the one the YOU like the most!

good luck!

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March 4th, 2012, 5:17 am #15

All,

First let me briefly apologize for my OTT rant on Helson in an earlier post from yesterday. Amanda and others are indeed correct, and I was in error. The sheer volume of Helson posts as of late touched a nerve.

My question is if you were the proud owner of a 000, 417 and 390, which were purchased in that order, and felt one Luminor in the collection was enough, which one would you keep? I'm particularly interested in hearing from 000 owners as I've seen many who sold theirs, regretted it, and repurchased. Of the three I wear the 000 the most and the 417 the least, yet I like them all for different reasons. So if I indeed wanted to trade up for something and part with a couple, which is the one to keep and why?
i do like the 417 & the 000. good luck with your decision


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March 4th, 2012, 6:48 am #16

All,

First let me briefly apologize for my OTT rant on Helson in an earlier post from yesterday. Amanda and others are indeed correct, and I was in error. The sheer volume of Helson posts as of late touched a nerve.

My question is if you were the proud owner of a 000, 417 and 390, which were purchased in that order, and felt one Luminor in the collection was enough, which one would you keep? I'm particularly interested in hearing from 000 owners as I've seen many who sold theirs, regretted it, and repurchased. Of the three I wear the 000 the most and the 417 the least, yet I like them all for different reasons. So if I indeed wanted to trade up for something and part with a couple, which is the one to keep and why?
if two, definitely 390 and 417, best combo, one base and one marina

if one, i may give a slight edge, just slight, on the 390, but i will try my hardest to keep both if possible, not one
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March 4th, 2012, 8:43 am #17

All,

First let me briefly apologize for my OTT rant on Helson in an earlier post from yesterday. Amanda and others are indeed correct, and I was in error. The sheer volume of Helson posts as of late touched a nerve.

My question is if you were the proud owner of a 000, 417 and 390, which were purchased in that order, and felt one Luminor in the collection was enough, which one would you keep? I'm particularly interested in hearing from 000 owners as I've seen many who sold theirs, regretted it, and repurchased. Of the three I wear the 000 the most and the 417 the least, yet I like them all for different reasons. So if I indeed wanted to trade up for something and part with a couple, which is the one to keep and why?
This is a great post and the responses so far have been really fascinating.
Here's my contribution :
My first Panerai was the PAM 90. I've owned that plus the 292, 307, 127, 000, 112, 390 and finally the 249 (in that order but not all at once!).
A varied and non-strategic path! I've now ended up with just 3 - the 127, 390 and 249. I have a 372 on the way.
As you can probably deduce, 4 years into discovering Pams, I am now decidedly a base/least complications and 47mm freak!
However, the blip in this 47mm path was the 390. I stumbled upon it by chance in a local dealer's and everything that's been said about it cannot begin to describe its special appeal. Suffice to say that this is one 44mm Pam that will be the anomaly in my collection (unless I can get my hands on a pvd t dial version some day!).
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March 4th, 2012, 10:14 am #18

All,

First let me briefly apologize for my OTT rant on Helson in an earlier post from yesterday. Amanda and others are indeed correct, and I was in error. The sheer volume of Helson posts as of late touched a nerve.

My question is if you were the proud owner of a 000, 417 and 390, which were purchased in that order, and felt one Luminor in the collection was enough, which one would you keep? I'm particularly interested in hearing from 000 owners as I've seen many who sold theirs, regretted it, and repurchased. Of the three I wear the 000 the most and the 417 the least, yet I like them all for different reasons. So if I indeed wanted to trade up for something and part with a couple, which is the one to keep and why?
If you are and depending on how you perceive Lady Liberty to be on the case back, I guess the PAM 417 is pretty unique - despite what everyone else says.

The entire run of these country SEs are pretty cool in my books. I would be inclined to keep the PAM 417. And if I were you, would learn how to appreciate the piece for what it is.

Then again, the PAM390 is also pretty kick ass! I know I've said that I didn't quite like it at the beginning, but the watch has grown on me. It's up to you, since we are deciding purely on aesthetics. If you like this the most, keep it and ditch the other two.

Well.....as for the zero, it's a cool watch and there are some who swear by it. By the truth is, you can pick up one any day, any time, down the road. I will let this go in a heartbeat.

So in conclusion, my vote goes to the PAM417. I like it for what it is. Second would be the PAM390. And there is no third vote. Good luck mate.



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March 4th, 2012, 10:17 am #19

novelty and will never be made again. I have never understood the overwhelming likeability factor that the 390 has. It does nothing for me, but to each his own. The 000 (particularly when dlc'd!), is a timeless classic because it is a base "logo."

AFAIC, I'd dump the 390, because IMHO, it is nothing special.

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I see the PAM390 differently from you, but as you say........the PAM 417 is effing cool Let's just hope it doesn't come with the unfinished movement :O



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March 4th, 2012, 1:13 pm #20

All,

First let me briefly apologize for my OTT rant on Helson in an earlier post from yesterday. Amanda and others are indeed correct, and I was in error. The sheer volume of Helson posts as of late touched a nerve.

My question is if you were the proud owner of a 000, 417 and 390, which were purchased in that order, and felt one Luminor in the collection was enough, which one would you keep? I'm particularly interested in hearing from 000 owners as I've seen many who sold theirs, regretted it, and repurchased. Of the three I wear the 000 the most and the 417 the least, yet I like them all for different reasons. So if I indeed wanted to trade up for something and part with a couple, which is the one to keep and why?
Keep 390 and 417. Let go the 000....but that's just me
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