Last of the best?

Mar 06, 2023,22:47 PM

I’m new to the Panerai section, and have been reading through some previous posts, where models such as the 372 / 422 are called ‘last of the best’.

Interested in where this sentiment comes from, as I’d been looking at some of the current models, and this gives me second thoughts.

The 422 looks very nice, but at 47mm seems huge. Would be grateful for any feedback in terms of build quality / movement quality of the 422 (read a post about some movements getting downgraded).

Many thanks

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Yes to some degree. I own both. If I had to only pick one it would be the 372 but I also love the 422. It’s a bit thicker and heavier then the 372.

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : March 7th, 2023-00:29
I know 47mm is big, but they still wear well. What sized wrist do you have? Also btw in many of the new reference the movement are basic ETA. In itself there is nothing wrong with ETA movements but somehow the value equation is hard to make sense of for s... 

A little under 7” as i may have lost a few lbs..

 By: Echi : March 7th, 2023-02:29
The thing with a 47mm Panerai is that it’s supposed to be big so it’s ok if it wears big. It was designed to be legible and simple and not if it will fit under a cuff But we do get the apprehension. Big and Panerai isn’t fashionable these days when ironic...  

Great pictures !

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : March 7th, 2023-12:17

Oh yeah that is true too - unfortunately

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : March 7th, 2023-22:56


 By: amanico : March 7th, 2023-22:57

Dive deeper into the Panerai back catalogue …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : March 7th, 2023-09:03
and you will find some real gems… ...  

My pleasure…

 By: Cpt Scarlet : March 7th, 2023-21:47
Good luck with your search.

It has to do with....

 By: sergio : March 7th, 2023-15:47
...the fact that original Panerais were quintessential tools. 3-6-9-12, manual winding, very visible dials and luminous for night operations (the seconds counter was added at a later stage) This and the history associated with this brand, was what attract...  

It's a vintage 6152/1

 By: sergio : March 7th, 2023-16:09


 By: amanico : March 8th, 2023-16:47