Small wrist: Radiomir vs. Radiomir 1940 vs. Luminor 1950

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Small wrist: Radiomir vs. Radiomir 1940 vs. Luminor 1950

hesalitedome
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March 13th, 2017, 11:21 pm #1

I'm specifically wondering how a 424 would look and feel on my relatively small 6.75" wrist compared with a 587 or 372.

Do the wire lugs make a difference, such that the Radiomir looks a little smaller and wears a little lighter and easier over the course of a day?

Thanks.
John
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kirby_iv
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March 14th, 2017, 12:59 am #2

Your wrist size IMO is right on the boarder for certain 47mm models, also depends how tall you are and wrist shape IMO. I would go with a 249 or 232 as they do wear much smaller than the 587/372 due to the wire lugs bite down on your wrist vs lugs that are long and might stick out over your wrist like skis. And those two models have thinner cases as well with ETA movements vs the thicker case of the 424. I think your wrist at 6.75 will be well suited for a wire lug 47mm rad.

Good luck
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hesalitedome
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March 14th, 2017, 2:19 am #3

Thanks for that Kirby! I agree I'm right on the border of being able to comfortably wear a 47mm Panerai, so I'm trying to find a model that will work. As much as I appreciate the 372, I slightly prefer the look of the 587, as well as the various California dial models. It's hard to keep track of the latter, given the variations in dial, hands, movement, etc.

Will a 249 (or 232) be difficult to find at this point?

John
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March 14th, 2017, 3:10 am #4

I'm specifically wondering how a 424 would look and feel on my relatively small 6.75" wrist compared with a 587 or 372.

Do the wire lugs make a difference, such that the Radiomir looks a little smaller and wears a little lighter and easier over the course of a day?

Thanks.
John
I thought for the longest time that my wrists were too small to pull off a PAM. Like many in my shoes, I started with the 48 before deciding to push it. The 42mm 392 came out at that time, and I jumped on it. Ultimately I ended up where most do, and I love it. I should've saved myself the money and just started here -



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hesalitedome
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March 14th, 2017, 3:52 am #5

I hear you Andrew -- and am probably on the same path. The 372 (if that's what it is) fits your wrist perfectly, whatever size it may be!
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March 14th, 2017, 2:06 pm #6

The watch is a 390 and is only 44mm. As much as I'd love a 372, it's beyond my limits.

If you think you may eventually end up at a 44mm PAM, one thing you could do to test your comfort with it is to purchase an homage relatively cheaply off an auction site or another forum. Wear it around the house for a couple days and see if it grows on you. If it does - the hunt for a real one begins. If not, you're out less than what a nice strap would cost you.
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hesalitedome
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March 14th, 2017, 3:46 pm #7

Beautiful 390 Andrew! I suspect a 47mm Panerai is also beyond my limits. But I'm testing them

It's kind of interesting because some rank Radiomir cases as 'wearing' smallest with their wire lugs and Luminor 1950 cases as largest with their crown guard. Others argue that the Radiomirs 'look' biggest because of the dial shape, while a 372 looks a bit smaller since it's surrounded by more metal. Despite the size of these large Panerais, many seem willing to make an exception to their preference for smaller watches since size is integral to Panerai's history and design.
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March 14th, 2017, 11:19 pm #8

Thanks for that Kirby! I agree I'm right on the border of being able to comfortably wear a 47mm Panerai, so I'm trying to find a model that will work. As much as I appreciate the 372, I slightly prefer the look of the 587, as well as the various California dial models. It's hard to keep track of the latter, given the variations in dial, hands, movement, etc.

Will a 249 (or 232) be difficult to find at this point?

John
In fact I know a Risti that has both and was thinking of moving one of them, if your interested shoot me an email. The 587 does wear a tad smaller than the 372 due to lack of crown guard but other than that it's the same case and lugs. For me the issue has always been lugs and the wire lugs bite down so best option IMO
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