Panerai Radiomir PAM 720 or 721?

Sep 19, 2019,09:24 AM

I think I am in the minority, here, but after having seen several times the PAM 721, I think I prefer the 720. I know it is less special, with its wording on the dial, but I love this wording, it is not too much, and I find the PAM 721 strangely empty, a feeling I don't have with the PAM 249 aka California dial. 

Credit picture: Unknown. 

PAM 720 on the left, PAM 721 on the right, for those of us who are not too familiar with Panerai codifications. 

What is your preference, here? 



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The 721...

 By: Johnny. : September 19th, 2019-09:37
is 1000 times nicer than the 720, so please wake up Mr Nico and think the same 😜


 By: Johnny. : September 19th, 2019-09:41

Nice! [nt]

 By: VMM : September 19th, 2019-09:59

One more vote for the 720

 By: paky : September 28th, 2019-14:08
I don't like the 721 for the same reason others like it. Don't like the anonymous dial and what it represents.

I like them both.

 By: VMM : September 19th, 2019-09:37
But I think I'm with you, and I would choose the 720 too. The 721 feels kind of empty with such a big dial. I guess it''s just a matter of taste, both look great. Vte

720 is absolutely fine

 By: VinnieD : September 19th, 2019-09:46
Do not shoot me but IMO the 721 hits too close to the Panerai "homages" out there

2-1 for the 720. [nt]

 By: amanico : September 19th, 2019-09:58

1-1. Gracias, Vicente. [nt]

 By: amanico : September 19th, 2019-09:58

ROFL! [nt]

 By: amanico : September 19th, 2019-09:56

I chose the 721...

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : September 19th, 2019-09:50
But could have easily gone for the 720 had the 721 been sold out first.

721 [nt]

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : September 19th, 2019-10:01

Ok, thanks. 2-2. [nt]

 By: amanico : September 19th, 2019-10:03

721 for me πŸ˜‰ [nt]

 By: Monopole : September 19th, 2019-10:01

The thing I love most about the 721 is its stark, spare simplicity

 By: JohnFM : September 19th, 2019-10:13
... which makes it less like any watch I've seen -- though the point made about homages is a good one! As an old guy, I used to see people wearing fake Panerais in the '90s and some of them were blank like the 721. I wasn't a watch guy back then and wonde... 

Totally agree with you, Nico!

 By: Brandon Skinner : September 19th, 2019-10:14
The OBVIOUS choice is the 721, but when I had the chance to experience them side-by-side, the cool factor of having an anonymous dial is trumped by the fact it feels like it needs something. Perhaps if the 721 carried 70 years of scratches to the plexi an...  

Dont forget a whole lot of patina.

 By: Brandon Skinner : September 19th, 2019-15:32
Sterile dial and pristine just isn't gonna do it for me

I get your point. [nt]

 By: amanico : September 19th, 2019-15:42

That's a good question... [nt]

 By: amanico : September 19th, 2019-11:04

720 all day long...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : September 19th, 2019-10:33
because if that lettering is good enough for the fabulous 3646, it’s good enough for me !

That's a powerful statement... LOL! [nt]

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : September 19th, 2019-11:22


 By: RicardetCie : September 19th, 2019-11:33
... for the same motivation. Seems that your come back to Panerai looks like=PAM372+ PAM720?

You know which camp I’m in

 By: reintitan : September 19th, 2019-13:12
No contest IMHO. The 721 is homage to the Type D ref. 3646 while the 720 is supposed to be a Type C homage. However, they didn’t try to emulate the red-patina’d lume from the original Type C’s nor the darkened engraved writing. A fail unfortunately, IMHO ...  

I see what you mean...

 By: amanico : September 19th, 2019-15:17
Credit picture: Guille. ...  

Rather like this one:

 By: Ahoi : September 19th, 2019-15:23
Credit picture made with photoshop : Bebbe See as well the 9 and 6😍 ...  

Not bad! [nt]

 By: amanico : September 19th, 2019-15:41

Hmmm...I think I've seen this watch posted elsewhere before

 By: reintitan : September 28th, 2019-23:11
It was not made by Rolex or Panerai. That should tell you all you need to know.


 By: amanico : April 3rd, 2024-12:05

I think there is some confusion to my original post

 By: reintitan : September 19th, 2019-15:54
The dark reddish lume and dark dial patina engraving is more famously known on the ref. 3646 Type C which is NOT reflected in the PAM 720 homage. Photo credit: Perezscope The 721 pretty much nails the ref. 3646 Type D (or Kampfschwimmer) dial (1st batch w...  

I'll go.....

 By: sergio : September 19th, 2019-14:44
Henry Ford on this one. You can choose whichever one you want, so long as it's the 720

Both nice once. Hard to compare in the boutique. But...

 By: Ahoi : September 19th, 2019-15:18
Especially while the strap of the 720 fits better. On the very first look I though as well the 720 with its writing looks better. Until that moment when the 721 revealed her unique beauty of the purest Panerai dial out there . No distraction of any kind o...  

Hehe A man after my own heart..

 By: Echi : September 19th, 2019-20:01
Yes, the 720 font/wording is beautiful a la 372. Quite the modern pair if you ask me.

My vote 720...

 By: Darron : September 19th, 2019-20:13
But I want domed sapphire πŸ˜‚ and engraved wording ala 372

9-9... Tough game! [nt]

 By: amanico : September 19th, 2019-22:44

i had the same problem..... ihihihi

 By: Rui : September 20th, 2019-00:21
For me the 720 is irresistible. When this watches were announced, the pictures that surfaced had golden hands for the 720 and 721. Immediately i booked for the 721! Over one year later i received the phone call to pick the 721. Them i realised that the 72... 

721 for me

 By: Johnny. : September 20th, 2019-08:54
So now 10-9 for the 721 😜

LOL!!! [nt]

 By: amanico : September 20th, 2019-15:50

Lettering is nice. But it’s what I can enjoy on almost any of my Pam’s.

 By: Ahoi : September 20th, 2019-09:57
This big dial of a 721 with nothing on it it’s something unique. To me it’s not even unique it’s just f... nice to look at. But understandable if Die hard letteristi prefer the 720. both nice watches. In this case i might actually go for the 232.

Exactly right! [nt]

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : September 20th, 2019-10:13

+1 with Ahoi !

 By: leopold : September 20th, 2019-11:49
And the 232 is a nice reference too ! Hum, humm, why not a little trio with my 249 and my 721 ???

That would be a killer! [nt]

 By: amanico : September 20th, 2019-15:51

10-10. [nt]

 By: amanico : September 20th, 2019-15:51

I am late but 100% convinced.

 By: MTR : September 20th, 2019-12:57
The 721. Of course. 😊 Itβ€˜s pure. Itβ€˜s clean. Itβ€˜s simple. Pic from today: And if you want to read β€žPaneraiβ€œ, you will find it on the inner case ring at 12: Best Thomas ...  

Wow, this second picture! [nt]

 By: amanico : September 20th, 2019-15:52

Thanks a lot, dear Nico!

 By: MTR : September 20th, 2019-17:03
And don’t forget to count. 11 - 10 for the 721. Correct? 😁

Stop confusing me! :)))) [nt]

 By: amanico : September 20th, 2019-23:12

U need excel [nt]

 By: Ahoi : September 20th, 2019-23:52


 By: MTR : September 21st, 2019-01:07
perhaps joking Gmtmaster confused me...? πŸ€” So 10-10 now?

ROFL!!! [nt]

 By: amanico : September 21st, 2019-01:34


 By: MTR : September 21st, 2019-03:14
10-10 11-10 12-10 10-11 10-12 11-12 ....❓ πŸ€”

Please stop! :))))) [nt]

 By: amanico : September 28th, 2019-12:43


 By: MTR : September 28th, 2019-15:45
we will never get to know which one has won... 😁

It is a tough call, here. [nt]

 By: amanico : September 28th, 2019-15:51

😁 [nt]

 By: MTR : October 1st, 2019-14:26


 By: MTR : September 21st, 2019-00:59
Such a nice one... 😎


 By: Ahoi : September 21st, 2019-04:01

That’s ver very very

 By: MTR : September 21st, 2019-04:02
nice!! 😍

Thx [nt]

 By: Ahoi : September 21st, 2019-10:31

720 [nt]

 By: aperna : September 28th, 2019-12:26

Or amber? [nt]

 By: amanico : September 28th, 2019-12:03

Here is the inspiration for the 721

 By: reintitan : September 28th, 2019-23:17
Ref. 3646 "Type D" aka "Kampfschwimmer" Photo credit: VintagePanerai dot com ...  

721 gets my vote!

 By: Greenwatch : October 2nd, 2019-05:30
I almost sold it via a bundle deal. The deal didn’t push through and the watch is still with me. Glad I didn’t sell it. The watch will remind me of my first Panerai 287, how I got to know our community, and how it eventually became a sore point with I tho... 

The 721

 By: nacelle : March 17th, 2024-13:12
Revisiting and trying to swing the vote on this long thread that has languished on the sidelines 😊

12-11 for the 721!!!

 By: amanico : March 17th, 2024-14:26

Another tie!!!

 By: amanico : March 19th, 2024-05:52

May I

 By: MTR : March 20th, 2024-10:07
vote for the 721 for a second time? 😎 πŸ™β˜ΊοΈ Thomas ...  

Naaaah! :))))

 By: amanico : March 20th, 2024-10:46

Nooooo waaaaaaay!

 By: amanico : March 20th, 2024-16:27


 By: yming : March 20th, 2024-11:39
721s too empty


 By: MTR : March 20th, 2024-15:08
721 is the real pure version. ☺️πŸ’ͺ

Another new tie! 12-12!

 By: amanico : March 20th, 2024-16:27

720 +1

 By: vanderwei : March 21st, 2024-20:58
Chuck me down for the beautiful engraving

13-12 for the 720!!!

 By: amanico : March 22nd, 2024-23:15

721 for me. Without hesitation.

 By: MTR : April 3rd, 2024-12:01

Damn, you again!!! :)))

 By: amanico : April 3rd, 2024-12:05


 By: MTR : April 3rd, 2024-13:26
I was sure you would remember my vote. But this attempt was just too tempting... 🀣

I checked...

 By: amanico : April 3rd, 2024-21:29