it's definitely time for my first Panerai. As it will be a gift for a special occasion, I'm never going to sell it. Moreover, I don't think that I ever will buy a second one. So, this is most certainly going to be my one and only Panerai. It should have a Luminor or 1950 case, a brushed case, deployant buckle, and 44mm diameter. Right now, I have a shortlist of 2 models: 312 and 361.
First candidate 312:
- 1950 case, polished bezel
- More classic Panerai design
- €5.900 (retail price)
- unobtrusive date
- unfortunately no deployant buckle, would have to spend 400$ for one and most probably the original straps won't fit anymore
Second candidate 361:
- 1950 case, brushed bezel
- Sportier look, but not so dressy
- Ugly carbon strap, would have to buy a leather one
- €7.700 (retail price)
- deployant buckle
What would you buy? It's going to be an every-day-watch (actually an every-second-day watch, because I love my Omega Seamaster Chrono as well). I guess, I can't just order the 312 with a deployant buckle, but have to buy it separately, don't I?
Both have the same cases. However: I think that the 312 is slightly smaller in terms of height because of the flat crystal!? That could be a tie-breaker, because I'm not that tall (1.74cm, 18cm/7" wrists). And finally, there is a huge price difference... However, I really appreciate all your comments!