A 372 Story.

 By: rob102 : May 15th, 2019-23:14
One of the things I’ve learned in this hobby is that given enough time, things tend to be cyclical.

In 2012, Panerai was still hot, and one of the most popular Pams at that time was the 372, which was launched in 2011.

Wondering what the fuss was all about back then, and seeing that the 372 had all the classic design cues of the 127, I managed to score one at a fair price, but my then girlfriend (now wife) hated it, saying it was too big and too flashy, and after a few months I sold it to fund a grail at that time; a birthyear 16750 Pepsi GMT (which was still relatively affordable back then.)

Fast forward almost a decade later, and Panerais were on the wane. While I was walking around in Osaka and i saw a used 372 in a used watch shop; that no one was paying attention to at all.

And I’ve put it back on my regular rotation again. Since you rarely see Pams being worn regularly nowadays, in favor of 40mm and below watches, having a massive 47mm watch on your wrist is actually refreshing.

It’s funny how losing something makes you appreciate the thing more when you get it back. Have a great week purists. smile

I am totally with you on that. But once again, it is not a matter of size. I have no problem with a 32 mm watch or a 47 mm watch. It is all about the watch, not its size, and the 372...

 By: amanico : May 15th, 2019-23:20
Definitely is a great modern Panerai. One of the best, in my book! 

You did well to get it! 



Thank you Nicolas, glad I did. Yes, agree on the sizing... but I feel my lower limit is really 34mm. :) [nt]

 By: rob102 : May 17th, 2019-08:14
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Good Story, good decision!

 By: JLCman : May 15th, 2019-23:43
I appreciate your choice. The 372 is one of the most iconic Pams - it deserves a place in every watch lovers rotation 👍🏻

Thanks JLCman! [nt]

 By: rob102 : May 17th, 2019-08:14
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The fortunes of Panerai ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 16th, 2019-00:18
have been through ups and downs, but the history of Panerai is both rich and exciting. Buying one now could, over the long term, prove to be an excellent move. 

Yes, the history really is there. Regardless of what the trends are. :) [nt]

 By: rob102 : May 17th, 2019-08:16
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Still one of my favourite Panerai.

 By: Jay (Eire) : May 16th, 2019-03:48
Like you, I had one back in 2011/12 too.  Wore it a lot, and didn’t think it was too big (even if it really was, for my wrist at least).  

Thanks Jay! Glad I returned to it after many years. :) [nt]

 By: rob102 : May 17th, 2019-08:16
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No matter when....

 By: sergio : May 16th, 2019-10:23
where or why, buying a 372 makes always sense, in my book. I'm glad you finally get to enjoy yours. Ciao

Thank you Sergio. :) [nt]

 By: rob102 : May 17th, 2019-08:16
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Beautiful Panerai, I like it. [nt]

 By: VMM : May 16th, 2019-11:02
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Thanks VMM. :) [nt]

 By: rob102 : May 17th, 2019-08:17
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Well done Rob! One of my favorite Pams, one of the most representative models of the brand´s heritage in present catalog. A great purchase IMHO! Enjoy it so much! Cheers! Abel [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : May 16th, 2019-13:53
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Thank you Abel! yes, as a design object, all the trademark cues are there. Very iconic indeed. :) Too bad they discontinued the plexiglass for the more recent 372s. A bit of historical callback was lost. [nt]

 By: rob102 : May 17th, 2019-08:18
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My big pleasure Rob. Absolutely agree with your comments including the plexi loss. Anyway the design keeps capturing all the DNA of the brand I feel. Keep enjoying your 372!! Cheers! Abel [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : May 17th, 2019-08:46
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