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Introduction and some questions

MizeAtl
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MizeAtl
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Joined: May 21st, 2012, 2:59 pm

May 21st, 2012, 4:34 pm #1

Hello All,

My name is Mike and I am from Atlanta Georgia. I've been into watches a long time - ever since a second grade classmate came to school wearing a giant Omega watch(if I recall correctly, it was a Flightmaster). I have been wearing mostly Omegas and I post quite a bit over on Watchuseek. Lately, I've had to branch out from the Omega forum and lurk in the Panerai forum over there and here. Since my current obsession is acquiring my first Panerai, I figured it was time to create an account and introduce myself since my wife's eyes glazed over on the topic a while ago.

I went to Torneau last week but was unable to view 4 of the 6 Panerai models that I am interested in. I was able to check out the 111 and 312 but nothing with a sausage dial.

I am interested in opinions of the models that I like as potential first Panerai candidates. It will likely be my only PAM for a while so I want to get it right. Also, I will probably not be able to go up much from a used 312/359 price in budget so I guess my top is probably $7000. These are the ones I like so far:

000
005
111
112
312
359

I originally thought I wanted a 000 but at this point I'm not sure(something about that logo though). The 312 was beautiful but defintely chunkier and sits on a the wrist a little different. I currently own a Speedmaster Professional(manual) and a Seamaster 2254 (automatic). I am beginning to question my wanting a manual PAM because I always seem go for my automatic versus my manual wind. At this point, I should probably add the PAM 104 to my consideration list, if only for the automatic movement.

Atlanta is not the greatest place to be Panerai hunting. Brown and Company just got out of Panerai and sold all of their stock for a 30% discount. I unfortunately heard about this a little too late and by this time there were only 2 left. Torneau doesn't have a huge selection. Anyone know of anyplace that sells Panerai besides these two in the metro Atlanta area? Also, I am wondering if anyone has done business with DaVinci Watches in Atlanta? They are grey market but I need to see some of these watches in person before I plunk down the cash and either order from one of the boutiques, Torneau or off one of the watch sales boards.

I would also be interested in suggestions for safe online sources for pre-owned Panerai. Obviously, I am familiar with the sales corner here, on WUS and on Timezone but does anyone like anyplace else? Also, if anyone has any authorized dealers that they really like, I'd love to know them.

Thanks,

Mike - aka - MizeAtl
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adibabe
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adibabe
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Joined: August 25th, 2010, 5:42 pm

May 21st, 2012, 5:53 pm #2

Hi and welcome. There is nothing wrong with your list, it depends what you want out of it? I have a 312 and others and I have a new planet ocean. The 312 say compared to the planet ocean is a very top heavy watch that sits fairly comfortably but I couldn't wear it all day everyday. I have recently acquired a 372 and that wears very comfortably. Also it is about price, but if you wanted a modern take on panerai with less weight I would get a 351 Asti is titanium and much more comfortable. If you are after a good panerai but cannot go fully base I would get a 111.

As for a 104 I don't like it , it has a cyclops and is not really panerai DNA but in the end it is what you like!!
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rybst
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Joined: August 27th, 2011, 2:10 pm

May 21st, 2012, 11:27 pm #3

Hello All,

My name is Mike and I am from Atlanta Georgia. I've been into watches a long time - ever since a second grade classmate came to school wearing a giant Omega watch(if I recall correctly, it was a Flightmaster). I have been wearing mostly Omegas and I post quite a bit over on Watchuseek. Lately, I've had to branch out from the Omega forum and lurk in the Panerai forum over there and here. Since my current obsession is acquiring my first Panerai, I figured it was time to create an account and introduce myself since my wife's eyes glazed over on the topic a while ago.

I went to Torneau last week but was unable to view 4 of the 6 Panerai models that I am interested in. I was able to check out the 111 and 312 but nothing with a sausage dial.

I am interested in opinions of the models that I like as potential first Panerai candidates. It will likely be my only PAM for a while so I want to get it right. Also, I will probably not be able to go up much from a used 312/359 price in budget so I guess my top is probably $7000. These are the ones I like so far:

000
005
111
112
312
359

I originally thought I wanted a 000 but at this point I'm not sure(something about that logo though). The 312 was beautiful but defintely chunkier and sits on a the wrist a little different. I currently own a Speedmaster Professional(manual) and a Seamaster 2254 (automatic). I am beginning to question my wanting a manual PAM because I always seem go for my automatic versus my manual wind. At this point, I should probably add the PAM 104 to my consideration list, if only for the automatic movement.

Atlanta is not the greatest place to be Panerai hunting. Brown and Company just got out of Panerai and sold all of their stock for a 30% discount. I unfortunately heard about this a little too late and by this time there were only 2 left. Torneau doesn't have a huge selection. Anyone know of anyplace that sells Panerai besides these two in the metro Atlanta area? Also, I am wondering if anyone has done business with DaVinci Watches in Atlanta? They are grey market but I need to see some of these watches in person before I plunk down the cash and either order from one of the boutiques, Torneau or off one of the watch sales boards.

I would also be interested in suggestions for safe online sources for pre-owned Panerai. Obviously, I am familiar with the sales corner here, on WUS and on Timezone but does anyone like anyplace else? Also, if anyone has any authorized dealers that they really like, I'd love to know them.

Thanks,

Mike - aka - MizeAtl
I would start with the 000. It is the cheapest panerai with most of the panerai DNA tick boxes, manual wind, no date, no seconds, just hours and minutes. SS case. For me it just rocks.
I have a 312 - which gets a lot of wrist time during the work week. I need the date at work, i constantly check the date when writing my notes etc.
For after-work, when i come home, the 312 comes off and the 000 goes on, all weekend long is the 000. And hopefully soon, my 372 will arrive, either today or tomorrow!
But for now, on a day off, on a beautiful sunny Tuesday morning here in Adelaide, Australia. I am rocking my 000.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the hunt.
"The thrill is in the chase, then it starts again..."
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coloristi
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coloristi
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Joined: April 18th, 2011, 8:07 pm

May 22nd, 2012, 1:33 am #4

Hello All,

My name is Mike and I am from Atlanta Georgia. I've been into watches a long time - ever since a second grade classmate came to school wearing a giant Omega watch(if I recall correctly, it was a Flightmaster). I have been wearing mostly Omegas and I post quite a bit over on Watchuseek. Lately, I've had to branch out from the Omega forum and lurk in the Panerai forum over there and here. Since my current obsession is acquiring my first Panerai, I figured it was time to create an account and introduce myself since my wife's eyes glazed over on the topic a while ago.

I went to Torneau last week but was unable to view 4 of the 6 Panerai models that I am interested in. I was able to check out the 111 and 312 but nothing with a sausage dial.

I am interested in opinions of the models that I like as potential first Panerai candidates. It will likely be my only PAM for a while so I want to get it right. Also, I will probably not be able to go up much from a used 312/359 price in budget so I guess my top is probably $7000. These are the ones I like so far:

000
005
111
112
312
359

I originally thought I wanted a 000 but at this point I'm not sure(something about that logo though). The 312 was beautiful but defintely chunkier and sits on a the wrist a little different. I currently own a Speedmaster Professional(manual) and a Seamaster 2254 (automatic). I am beginning to question my wanting a manual PAM because I always seem go for my automatic versus my manual wind. At this point, I should probably add the PAM 104 to my consideration list, if only for the automatic movement.

Atlanta is not the greatest place to be Panerai hunting. Brown and Company just got out of Panerai and sold all of their stock for a 30% discount. I unfortunately heard about this a little too late and by this time there were only 2 left. Torneau doesn't have a huge selection. Anyone know of anyplace that sells Panerai besides these two in the metro Atlanta area? Also, I am wondering if anyone has done business with DaVinci Watches in Atlanta? They are grey market but I need to see some of these watches in person before I plunk down the cash and either order from one of the boutiques, Torneau or off one of the watch sales boards.

I would also be interested in suggestions for safe online sources for pre-owned Panerai. Obviously, I am familiar with the sales corner here, on WUS and on Timezone but does anyone like anyplace else? Also, if anyone has any authorized dealers that they really like, I'd love to know them.

Thanks,

Mike - aka - MizeAtl
My first was a zero and I would have a hard time parting with it, even over some LE's. Also wearing it as I type. With that said, I'd recommend staying base and narrowing the field to 000, 005, 111, 112. I'm sure there are some that would disagree, but that's my $.02.

-Will
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shmeedr
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shmeedr
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Joined: April 24th, 2011, 3:11 pm

May 22nd, 2012, 1:40 am #5

Hello All,

My name is Mike and I am from Atlanta Georgia. I've been into watches a long time - ever since a second grade classmate came to school wearing a giant Omega watch(if I recall correctly, it was a Flightmaster). I have been wearing mostly Omegas and I post quite a bit over on Watchuseek. Lately, I've had to branch out from the Omega forum and lurk in the Panerai forum over there and here. Since my current obsession is acquiring my first Panerai, I figured it was time to create an account and introduce myself since my wife's eyes glazed over on the topic a while ago.

I went to Torneau last week but was unable to view 4 of the 6 Panerai models that I am interested in. I was able to check out the 111 and 312 but nothing with a sausage dial.

I am interested in opinions of the models that I like as potential first Panerai candidates. It will likely be my only PAM for a while so I want to get it right. Also, I will probably not be able to go up much from a used 312/359 price in budget so I guess my top is probably $7000. These are the ones I like so far:

000
005
111
112
312
359

I originally thought I wanted a 000 but at this point I'm not sure(something about that logo though). The 312 was beautiful but defintely chunkier and sits on a the wrist a little different. I currently own a Speedmaster Professional(manual) and a Seamaster 2254 (automatic). I am beginning to question my wanting a manual PAM because I always seem go for my automatic versus my manual wind. At this point, I should probably add the PAM 104 to my consideration list, if only for the automatic movement.

Atlanta is not the greatest place to be Panerai hunting. Brown and Company just got out of Panerai and sold all of their stock for a 30% discount. I unfortunately heard about this a little too late and by this time there were only 2 left. Torneau doesn't have a huge selection. Anyone know of anyplace that sells Panerai besides these two in the metro Atlanta area? Also, I am wondering if anyone has done business with DaVinci Watches in Atlanta? They are grey market but I need to see some of these watches in person before I plunk down the cash and either order from one of the boutiques, Torneau or off one of the watch sales boards.

I would also be interested in suggestions for safe online sources for pre-owned Panerai. Obviously, I am familiar with the sales corner here, on WUS and on Timezone but does anyone like anyplace else? Also, if anyone has any authorized dealers that they really like, I'd love to know them.

Thanks,

Mike - aka - MizeAtl
Unless you have to have a date. Go try them on at your AD. The 312 sits different on your wrist than the 111, 000, 005, etc. Good luck in your decision. Show us some pics when your an owner! Good luck!

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HammerHammer
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 11:39 pm

May 22nd, 2012, 4:39 am #6

Hello All,

My name is Mike and I am from Atlanta Georgia. I've been into watches a long time - ever since a second grade classmate came to school wearing a giant Omega watch(if I recall correctly, it was a Flightmaster). I have been wearing mostly Omegas and I post quite a bit over on Watchuseek. Lately, I've had to branch out from the Omega forum and lurk in the Panerai forum over there and here. Since my current obsession is acquiring my first Panerai, I figured it was time to create an account and introduce myself since my wife's eyes glazed over on the topic a while ago.

I went to Torneau last week but was unable to view 4 of the 6 Panerai models that I am interested in. I was able to check out the 111 and 312 but nothing with a sausage dial.

I am interested in opinions of the models that I like as potential first Panerai candidates. It will likely be my only PAM for a while so I want to get it right. Also, I will probably not be able to go up much from a used 312/359 price in budget so I guess my top is probably $7000. These are the ones I like so far:

000
005
111
112
312
359

I originally thought I wanted a 000 but at this point I'm not sure(something about that logo though). The 312 was beautiful but defintely chunkier and sits on a the wrist a little different. I currently own a Speedmaster Professional(manual) and a Seamaster 2254 (automatic). I am beginning to question my wanting a manual PAM because I always seem go for my automatic versus my manual wind. At this point, I should probably add the PAM 104 to my consideration list, if only for the automatic movement.

Atlanta is not the greatest place to be Panerai hunting. Brown and Company just got out of Panerai and sold all of their stock for a 30% discount. I unfortunately heard about this a little too late and by this time there were only 2 left. Torneau doesn't have a huge selection. Anyone know of anyplace that sells Panerai besides these two in the metro Atlanta area? Also, I am wondering if anyone has done business with DaVinci Watches in Atlanta? They are grey market but I need to see some of these watches in person before I plunk down the cash and either order from one of the boutiques, Torneau or off one of the watch sales boards.

I would also be interested in suggestions for safe online sources for pre-owned Panerai. Obviously, I am familiar with the sales corner here, on WUS and on Timezone but does anyone like anyplace else? Also, if anyone has any authorized dealers that they really like, I'd love to know them.

Thanks,

Mike - aka - MizeAtl
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A decade on ,, I COPY it now ,, More than EVER b4 >> it's a PANERAI behind every Panerai is a PANERISTI

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MizeAtl
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MizeAtl
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Joined: May 21st, 2012, 2:59 pm

May 22nd, 2012, 1:39 pm #7

Hello All,

My name is Mike and I am from Atlanta Georgia. I've been into watches a long time - ever since a second grade classmate came to school wearing a giant Omega watch(if I recall correctly, it was a Flightmaster). I have been wearing mostly Omegas and I post quite a bit over on Watchuseek. Lately, I've had to branch out from the Omega forum and lurk in the Panerai forum over there and here. Since my current obsession is acquiring my first Panerai, I figured it was time to create an account and introduce myself since my wife's eyes glazed over on the topic a while ago.

I went to Torneau last week but was unable to view 4 of the 6 Panerai models that I am interested in. I was able to check out the 111 and 312 but nothing with a sausage dial.

I am interested in opinions of the models that I like as potential first Panerai candidates. It will likely be my only PAM for a while so I want to get it right. Also, I will probably not be able to go up much from a used 312/359 price in budget so I guess my top is probably $7000. These are the ones I like so far:

000
005
111
112
312
359

I originally thought I wanted a 000 but at this point I'm not sure(something about that logo though). The 312 was beautiful but defintely chunkier and sits on a the wrist a little different. I currently own a Speedmaster Professional(manual) and a Seamaster 2254 (automatic). I am beginning to question my wanting a manual PAM because I always seem go for my automatic versus my manual wind. At this point, I should probably add the PAM 104 to my consideration list, if only for the automatic movement.

Atlanta is not the greatest place to be Panerai hunting. Brown and Company just got out of Panerai and sold all of their stock for a 30% discount. I unfortunately heard about this a little too late and by this time there were only 2 left. Torneau doesn't have a huge selection. Anyone know of anyplace that sells Panerai besides these two in the metro Atlanta area? Also, I am wondering if anyone has done business with DaVinci Watches in Atlanta? They are grey market but I need to see some of these watches in person before I plunk down the cash and either order from one of the boutiques, Torneau or off one of the watch sales boards.

I would also be interested in suggestions for safe online sources for pre-owned Panerai. Obviously, I am familiar with the sales corner here, on WUS and on Timezone but does anyone like anyplace else? Also, if anyone has any authorized dealers that they really like, I'd love to know them.

Thanks,

Mike - aka - MizeAtl
Thanks for the responses everyone.

I have actually sourced a 000 and I am going to look at it today. There seems to be a lot of love for the 000 on multiple watch forums. Can't wait to see it. I must admit that I felt that I liked the fit of the 111 case over the 312 case. All beautiful watches though.

At this moment, the manual is holding me back a little. I just never wear my Speedmaster Pro - it always seems easier to grab the auto.

Is there any input on Atlanta Panerai sources? Just wondering.
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DeAngelis2012
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Joined: March 4th, 2012, 4:27 am

May 23rd, 2012, 2:44 pm #8

Hello All,

My name is Mike and I am from Atlanta Georgia. I've been into watches a long time - ever since a second grade classmate came to school wearing a giant Omega watch(if I recall correctly, it was a Flightmaster). I have been wearing mostly Omegas and I post quite a bit over on Watchuseek. Lately, I've had to branch out from the Omega forum and lurk in the Panerai forum over there and here. Since my current obsession is acquiring my first Panerai, I figured it was time to create an account and introduce myself since my wife's eyes glazed over on the topic a while ago.

I went to Torneau last week but was unable to view 4 of the 6 Panerai models that I am interested in. I was able to check out the 111 and 312 but nothing with a sausage dial.

I am interested in opinions of the models that I like as potential first Panerai candidates. It will likely be my only PAM for a while so I want to get it right. Also, I will probably not be able to go up much from a used 312/359 price in budget so I guess my top is probably $7000. These are the ones I like so far:

000
005
111
112
312
359

I originally thought I wanted a 000 but at this point I'm not sure(something about that logo though). The 312 was beautiful but defintely chunkier and sits on a the wrist a little different. I currently own a Speedmaster Professional(manual) and a Seamaster 2254 (automatic). I am beginning to question my wanting a manual PAM because I always seem go for my automatic versus my manual wind. At this point, I should probably add the PAM 104 to my consideration list, if only for the automatic movement.

Atlanta is not the greatest place to be Panerai hunting. Brown and Company just got out of Panerai and sold all of their stock for a 30% discount. I unfortunately heard about this a little too late and by this time there were only 2 left. Torneau doesn't have a huge selection. Anyone know of anyplace that sells Panerai besides these two in the metro Atlanta area? Also, I am wondering if anyone has done business with DaVinci Watches in Atlanta? They are grey market but I need to see some of these watches in person before I plunk down the cash and either order from one of the boutiques, Torneau or off one of the watch sales boards.

I would also be interested in suggestions for safe online sources for pre-owned Panerai. Obviously, I am familiar with the sales corner here, on WUS and on Timezone but does anyone like anyplace else? Also, if anyone has any authorized dealers that they really like, I'd love to know them.

Thanks,

Mike - aka - MizeAtl
Wanted a PAM for years so went to torneau in King of Prussia Pa. Here's what I got... A 112 which I financed with 0% financing for 18 months. After a couple weeks received a $500 gift cert which I used for a deployant buckle and they comped me 2 straps since the oem didn't fit me. The sale price was GREAT which I unfortunately can't mention. So all cash left in my pocket, great price, comped goodies and I now own what I regard as the most beautiful watch out there. The 112 is clean, classic and timeless. Start my day with sitting up grabbing the 112 and giving it a daily wind as I get my eyes open. Love the "sandwich" dial and how this attribute lends itself to giving a strong sense of aesthetic detail and luxury. Hope my opinion helps

Danny
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