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6 Reasons Why I Didn’t Sell My Panerai Imitation Watches

6 Reasons Why I Didn’t Sell My Panerai Imitation Watches

This is a true story about a man who offered me $1000 cash for my stock-standard Panerai imitation watches PAM 111 in Business Class. It even had a factory strap. We’d been talking, chit-chatting through the pre-flight champagnes, then we’d both rolled into red wine. He was picking up some kind of motorbike in California. I had business in New York. He expressed an interest in my watch. What was it? And then, not much later, entirely out the blue, he propositioned me. “I’ll give you ten grand for it.” I blinked. “Sorry?” “Cash. 10 grand for the watch, as is. In US.” He reached down and unzipped the side pocket of his bag. Sure enough. As Diddy might have said back in the day, there was a big ol’ bundle of Benjamins. As I live and breathe. I’d never really met anyone who carried around fat stacks in their hand luggage. In a way, I was pretty impressed.

But of course, this man knew nothing about watches. He just knew that he was wealthier than me. And, as well as buying the watch, I could tell he wanted to prove it. His own Rolex, a Datejust of some kind, was in fact a lovely piece, but he could tell me nothing about it. It had been “a corporate gift”, he grunted, before his hungry eyes returned to my wrist and the PAM. Meanwhile, partly to stall, I regaled him with Panerai stories. Including the fact that Panerai and Rolex are in fact connected, their fates interlinked by the Second World War and by Italian frogmen whose Panerai designed watches contained Rolex-made movements. The truth is, the PAM 111 is only worth $6 or $700, but I still didn’t budge. I didn’t sell it. In fact, I didn’t really even consider it. Which was interesting to me, because I can be cold blooded when it comes to flipping a luminor 1950 3 days gmt automatic ceramica watch every now and again. Things are worth what they’re worth. Or so I thought.

replica panerai PAM 111
replica panerai PAM 111

The experience brought home to me an important truth about watches. The value you place on it rubs off on the piece itself. This guy didn’t just want to buy the watch; he wanted to buy the way I felt about it. And the stories that came with it. Watches are, I realised, completely unique objects in terms of the way we think and feel about them. When the man eventually nodded off in some Jason Statham movie after his sixth or seventh Scotch, probably also starring PAMs (Statham loves a Panerai) I sketched out why the deal was not done:

1. Obviously, the situation was suspicious. There were deeper reactions, to be properly detailed below, but the first was pure skepticism. That money couldn’t be real? What if it was a trick? What if it was drug money? What if it was money for drugs? The John Le Carre reader in me went instantly into a creative panic about the nefarious possibilities.

2. The story you have about your fake panerai pam 111 luminor marina acciaio men watch makes it more valuable than it really is. Today, buyers of luxury goods do not just want an object, they want a story to tell about it, too. If you can give them one, or several, they’ll pay more. Simple. After all, “The universe is made of stories, not atoms,” according to poet Muriel Rukeyser. Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn can prove it, too. In 2009, the duo embarked on the curious ‘Significant Objects’ project: they would purchase cheap trinkets and then ask creative writers to invent stories about them. They would then post the stories and the objects on eBay to see whether the invented story enhanced the value of the object. Without exception, it did. The useless, often broken bits of junk, originally purchased for a total of $174, sold for $361 — a whopping 2,700% mark-up. For example, a daggy globe paperweight was bought for $1.49 and, after Debbie Millman included a moving handwritten story in the eBay product description, it sold for $197.50. If a paperweight with a bit of a story about it can sell for way over 100 times its actual worth, what was this PAM’s true value?

special panerai fake watches
special panerai fake watches

3. Few objects become as “human” as a watch. This is largely due to their intimate proximity to our bodies and to the fact that they are attached to our hands, the parts of our bodies we commonly use to do whatever it is we do. When I’d overcome point one (the drug dealer suspicion wore off; this bored rich guy had more in common with Barry White than Walter White) and was actually considering parting with the PAM I’d looked down at it and noted the wear marks on the band where it sits on my workbench, a MacBook Pro. I became strangely sentimental about them. These marks were not there when I bought it boxfresh. They were as much a part of me as the scar on my eyebrow, or the callouses on my fingers from playing guitar. This makes the connection to the watch as an object far more personal and more physical than most things we own.

4. Your relationship with your historic luminor marina steel watch is on a cycle. And it’s a slow-moving one. There will probably come a day (block your ears 111) when I will trade this PAM for another watch. It’s not a lifetime piece – despite all of the above, there’s nothing particularly special about it that makes it a ‘never sell’. But I realised, when the moment of the sale came on so abruptly, that I wasn’t ready. The decision to move your watch on is one that you inch toward, while slowly getting used to the idea of NOT having that patinaed strap and that polished silver case, and that sandwich dial, and that unusual small seconds and….

replica panerai luminor
replica panerai luminor

5. If my watch is going to be passed on, today or any day, I’d really rather it be to a good person. Because this guy was a jackass. Anyone who offers a stranger 10 grand for their watch on a plane, in any class, is an idiot.

6. Lastly, panerai replica luminor watch purchases are like sex. They’re much nicer when they’re not transactional. Which is why watch lovers usually seek solid ongoing relationships with retailers and dealers. (Hi Mike, hi Graeme.) So, to wrap up, yes I could have landed at LAX like the pimp I never was, with my first ever fat stack tucked safely away. But instead I strolled through customs, unafraid of a random bag check, with nothing to declare but an even deeper love for my watch.

Heritage And History – The Power Of Fake Panerai Watches

Heritage And History – The Power Of Fake Panerai Watches

There is no watch brand that relies, so much on these four bold numbers. Year after year, Panerai keeps its followers in a grip and surprises them with new models. Often with minimal changes, since at Panerai it is all about details. Now I just said minimal changes, but that’s a bit crude, ‘minimal’ only counts for those who just know the brand  by name; any die-hard Paneristi notices every tiny detail that has been changed.

Panerai was around 1935 commissioned by the Italian Navy to construct watches for use underwater.  When Navy orders dropped in the late eighties and watch collectors started to show interest in these vintage fake panerai chronograph yellow dial steel watches, the Vendome Group (Cartier International, nowadays Richemont Group) took a bold step and bought the brand in 1997.

The new owners turned Panerai into a consumer brand and launched their first new models in 1998. I remember like it was yesterday, the launch took place at the SIHH in Geneva. Panerai was reborn but now focused on the private consumer, with a small collection of watches that hardly had changed from the original models. In those late 1990’s, a 38mm watch was already fairly large, so the first 44mm Luminor models looked like something from out of space and made Panerai the talk of the town.

PAM 00587 in the background the vintage version
PAM 00587 in the background the vintage version

During the first year, just a few new Luminor models were presented, followed in 1999 by a limited edition (200 pieces only) Luminor in burshed titanium, the PAM0036, with the magic words ‘Marina Militare’ on the dial. It had a display back, showing the Unitas 6497-2 hand-wound movement and was sold out quite quickly. Nowadays a PAM0036 sells for over Euro 20.000.-, when it pops up somewhere. It should not to be mistaken with the less interesting, but still quite desirable blue dial version, the ‘Marina Militare America Vespucci’, that goes  for around Euro 12000.- at auctions. Panerai makes watches for all type of men, those who just prefer a good looking sporty authentic panerai ferrari watch, as well as for the die-hard collectors of the brand, who are more interested in the history of the brand. Being able to serve both groups is exactly the strength of Panerai.

Every year there are quite some new models presented and there are always a few Boutique Specials and Limited Editions. This PAM00587 for instance, made in 47mm like the original and in a limited edition of 1000 pieces, is a typical example of a Boutique Special.

PAM 00662
PAM 00662

dsc00822It was made in 2014 and represents a reissue of the original 6152/1 model. Special Editions like this may be tough to get, when there is no Panerai Boutique nearby.

However, all of the +70 Panerai Boutiques world wide will ship the panerai ferrari granturismo watch, no matter where you live. Limited Editions are easier to lay your hands on, since they are also available at AD’s. However, you still need to act right away sometimes to get one, like for instance the PAM0662 that was released this year. Produced in a limited edition of 1000 pieces only, this Radiomir offers a completely different looking Panerai due to its gorgeous sand colored dial and ecru coloured SuperLuminova filled in numerals and hands. Like the PAM00587, this 47mm, light colored Radiomir with its gold-rimmed hands, is a sweet looking reissue of the 6154 and to me the most attractive Panerai from the 2016 collection!

The mechanical in-house caliber P.3000, which is visible through the sapphire back, needs to be wind every three days.

But that’s not all. Next year, actually in only a few weeks time, it will be Panerai’s 20th birthday as a consumers brand and Panerai will present an amazing new model, that may come as a shock to some, but what is exactly where many Paneristi have been asking for years; a re issue of the 3646 that will be launched as the PAM 00685 and PAM 00687.
Heritage and History

The original model was, at that time supplied with a Rolex 618 caliber, this new duo will have Panerai’s own trusty P.3000 caliber.This manual wound movement has a power reserve of three days, thanks to its double spring barrels, and can be inspected through the large sapphire porthole on the back of the case. New is the 12 sided bezel, with the engraving “Officine Panerai – Brevettato”, a very nice vintage detail that stands for “Panerai Workshop –Patented”.

The inscription refers to the patented luminous substance Radiomir used for the dial. It suggests that the panerai scuderia flyback mens watch were not used for military operations but instead it was made for the authorities. In this case, the Royal Italian Navy who were evaluating new instruments for underwater missions.

PAM 00685 Brevettato
PAM 00685 Brevettato

The dial of the PAM00685 is in black, while the color of the other vintage inspired model, the PAM00687 is in shaded brown. This is a completely new color in the Panerai collections. This very attractive dial color evokes the faded effect, that many of the original watches developed over the years due to the use of the radium based luminous material.

These two watches are stunning replica’s of the original 3646 model and will there also be launched with a plexi crystal. I know not everyone is in favor of plexi crystals, but when Panerai goes vintage, they really go vintage and produce everything in detail. In the early days the crystal of these panerai men’s ferrari scuderia rattrapante chronograph replica watch was made out of polymathy acrylate. But should something happen, there is a second Plexiglas® crystal waiting in the box.