Thoughts on Panerai

What are you guys' thoughts on Panerai as a watch for the workplace.
Some people think it is too much of a tool watch to wear with a suit.

I think they are pretty cool personally.

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Apr 11, 2020 - 8:07am

Best described by GSElevator: the action hero watch for the guys who brag about cheating on their wives

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Apr 13, 2020 - 10:40am

This is just because Silvester Stalone gave the brand a boost at one point

Apr 11, 2020 - 8:16am

Really awful value for the money.

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Apr 11, 2020 - 10:09am

I'm generally in the camp of wear whatever you like, so I'll start with that. But since you asked for opinions:

I'm personally not a fan of the watches, partially because of the size (big, bulky, although they do have a 38mm model which is a good size) and also because I don't find the quality and innovation of the brand in line with the pricing. Like all luxury products nothing is really worth the price, but I prefer to go for something unique from a brand that has continually pushed the limits (in watchmaking, to me, "pushing the limits" isn't just coming up with weird designs but new complications, etc) , or if I'm looking for something to wear without drawing much attention, a reliable simple watch that will hold value (in case I want to swap it later, I.e. an IWC, JLC, or upping the price a base PP or ALS, but used if you want a chance to hold value). For the more "out there" watches I prefer more down the path of MB&F or ressence (but These start getting weird).

At the end of the day though, you are going to be spending $5k+ on something you will wear everyday (or most), so my advice is do your research, look around and buy whatever it is you love, as you are the one who will be looking at it all day. Very few people will judge you for your watch, and the ones that do aren't worth worrying about.

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Apr 11, 2020 - 10:34am

I have a Luminor Marina, white dial, tan strap. Really fun watch, great to wear casually. However I would never wear it in the office unless it was a casual day. The dials are pretty big, and self winding can get a little old. It's definitely a watch people will notice and there is nothing subtle about the brand at all. If you're looking for a more work friendly watch I would look to IWC. Tons of 38mm dials, automatic, and very proper looking. I have a 38mm Portofino black dial on a black strap and get compliments on it all the time. Think I paid a little over 3.5k for it, and I'll never let it go. As long as you have papers and the box you should be able to recoup 80-90% of list as well if you take good care of it.

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