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    Which one? Zenith Pilot Type20 Extra Special vs Panerai PAM380

    I have been searching for my first luxury watch for over 1 year now and here is my final top 3:

    1 - Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special - Bronze (Zenith Elite automatic) 4000-5000 $
    2 - Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special - Steel (Sellita SW300 automatic) 3000-4000 $
    3 - Panerai PAM 380 (ETA handwound) - 4100 $


    Which one would you choose?


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    Re: Which one? Zenith Pilot Type20 Extra Special vs Panerai PAM380

    stylistically, the radiomir is more contemporary and the pilot is more classic. i'd go for the pilot for something to keep, although the radiomir would be more exciting, but I ended up flipping my pam.
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    Re: Which one? Zenith Pilot Type20 Extra Special vs Panerai PAM380

    I'd go for the Panerai, but prefer the PAM183 over that one with the logo.
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    Re: Which one? Zenith Pilot Type20 Extra Special vs Panerai PAM380

    Damn, never though I'd vote Pam over Zenith, but in this case...I still don't. Zenith Bronze for me please.
    Radiomir though is probably the most attractive of Panerai offerings. Radiomir also has a more modern vibe, while Bronze Pilot has a vintage vibe. Panerai is more versatile (although both are quite large).
    So I may not be very objective, but I really dislike Panerai and really like Zenith. And I always tell people choose a watch, not a brand. So perhaps, go the opposite way...
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    Re: Which one? Zenith Pilot Type20 Extra Special vs Panerai PAM380

    Panerai by a country mile. While there are other Panerai models (620 among others) I prefer, I would choose any Panerai over this particular Zenith.

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    Re: Which one? Zenith Pilot Type20 Extra Special vs Panerai PAM380

    The Zenith bronze. Helluva watch.
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    Re: Which one? Zenith Pilot Type20 Extra Special vs Panerai PAM380

    what size are the zeniths?
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    Re: Which one? Zenith Pilot Type20 Extra Special vs Panerai PAM380

    Wow, that onion crown on the Zenith looks nasty, looks like it belongs on a Reverso or something.

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    Re: Which one? Zenith Pilot Type20 Extra Special vs Panerai PAM380

    I would go for the Panerai who is from my point of view a lot more classy and original for is signature design.

    The Zenith you suggest are really beautiful, especially the bronze one who reminds me very old diving suits, but the lugs are too long and angular.

    I like the two brands you propose. Without having a Zenith or a Panerai I think that people won't notice it on your wrist as fast as a Rolex or an Omega.

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    Re: Which one? Zenith Pilot Type20 Extra Special vs Panerai PAM380

    I'd go for PAM for sure

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