A good old question: Panerai PAM 249 or 232?

Mar 05, 2020,00:49 AM

Even though these 2 47 mm Radiomir share the same case, lugs, crown and movement ( UNITAS ), their dials and hands are very specific and give them a truly different personality. 

Credit picture: Unknown, but I will happily credit on request. 

Black " California " dial and blue hands for the 249, brown Sandwich dial and shorter but fatter hands for the 232. 

Both were issued in the same year ( 2004, if my memory serves me well ) and led many Paneristi to live a huge dilemma: Which one to choose? 

I for one lived this dilemma, and went for the " Cali ". I don't regret my choice, but I think that getting both is the way to go, as they are very complementary. 

If you had to choose only one, which one would be yours? 

Curious to read your answers... 


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The answer is ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : March 5th, 2020-01:35

Top shot. 1-1. [nt]

 By: amanico : March 5th, 2020-02:13

🥂 [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : March 5th, 2020-03:20


 By: Echi : March 5th, 2020-02:00
If they issued the 232 with a plexi (I think the 232 OOR had them though) it may have been a real dilemma. Of course, the safe answer would always be to get both! Thanks for the side by side!

No doubt...249 - very original

 By: mahesh : March 5th, 2020-02:41
Old love...die hard ! ...  

While the 232 was the darling, I could never really get to like it.

 By: Jay (Eire) : March 5th, 2020-04:28
It was too flat, that’s the best way to describe it. So 249 all the way. I didn’t buy either, but I did get a Cali Radiomir a little later.

I go against the grain here

 By: VinnieD : March 5th, 2020-05:07
232 - quite a good proxy for the unobtainable PAM0021 By the way, should any Purist own a 21, I would be very keen to look at some pics. These are rare birds indeed.

232 for me amicu

 By: Joker2a : March 5th, 2020-05:32

Easy answer...249 [nt]

 By: nacelle : March 5th, 2020-06:04

Timely question for me...

 By: kkochheiser : March 5th, 2020-06:31
And one I’m unable to answer for at least another week! Kent

LOL! [nt]

 By: amanico : March 5th, 2020-22:20

Nice dilemma to have

 By: Gaulix : March 5th, 2020-11:27
Both great references and both would be great in the collection. I would however get a 721 ahead of a 232. I really love the 249 and its on my bucket list so it definitely gets my vote.

232 [nt]

 By: aperna : March 9th, 2020-15:25

I have both, but...

 By: Beef : March 10th, 2020-20:51
...if I had to choose one it’d be the 249. Still, IMO, one of the best releases ever.

The 232 was long on my wishlist... until the 721 came out. I choose the 721.

 By: Ahoi : March 10th, 2020-22:55
If i had to decide in between both I would now go with the 249.

249 ...

 By: Greenwatch : March 15th, 2020-02:36
Only because I have a Pam 791 Anonimo.


 By: gregcarraram3 : March 18th, 2020-17:24
Both These look awesome and thank you for the pictures everyone!

I vote 232

 By: mrowkoob : October 13th, 2021-19:46
Why? Sandwich dial and Gold hands is something I prefer. A negative is that is too flat and has no Plexi. I might choose the 2020 over the 232.

232 for me please:)

 By: Ahoi : October 13th, 2021-20:44

And 13-7, now!

 By: amanico : October 13th, 2021-21:06

What a silly question....

 By: sergio : October 13th, 2021-21:09
BOTH, obviously :P ...  

Sorry, Master. ;)

 By: amanico : October 13th, 2021-21:27

I agree. 232 here as well...👍

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : October 15th, 2021-14:14