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Hello,

I've had my eye on Panerai for several years and my wife recently gifted me a Pam 777 (first Panerai). I absolutely love the watch but the high polish had me thinking. What do you guys prefer? I understand its personal preference but am curious if a tool watch should be this polished. Personally I wish the case had a brushed finish like the crown guard but it doesn't deter me from liking the watch any less.

Photo below with OEM Panerai rubber strap (my wrist shot).

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I got a PAM 510 about a year ago with roughly same case, and really enjoy it. I am used to the polished case and it doesnt really come to mind often. But I have been eyeing the PAM 233 for that classic 1950 case and the brushed surfaces (but for the bezel). It is a little thicker but the brushed surfaces do tone down the reflections and seem a little more casual. Interested in others take that have had both all polished and brushed. Panerai are some fun watches.

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i equally like both finishes.
your watch looks great. you've already dressed it down with a rubber strap. but then again a Gator would dress it up a lot.
so you've got the best of both world. 😎
 

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i equally like both finishes.
your watch looks great. you've already dressed it down with a rubber strap. but then again a Gator would dress it up a lot.
so you've got the best of both world. 😎
I'm two steps ahead of you. I found a good deal on black friday for an alligator strap. The polish does help dress it up a bit with the alligator strap but I noticed I am consistently walking around with a microfiber towel. We'll see how the polish last with a couple of beach visits.
 

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I got a PAM 510 about a year ago with roughly same case, and really enjoy it. I am used to the polished case and it doesnt really come to mind often. But I have been eyeing the PAM 233 for that classic 1950 case and the brushed surfaces (but for the bezel). It is a little thicker but the brushed surfaces do tone down the reflections and seem a little more casual. Interested in others take that have had both all polished and brushed. Panerai are some fun watches.

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That Pam 233 is pretty sweet looking watch. I'm a sucker for a power reserve indicator on manually wound watch. I do agree the brushed surfaces does tone it down and I kind of feel that way with the Pam 1351. I have to say though the Radiomir version makes most since being polished. That watch just seems more of a dress Panerai than the 30m Due debacle.
 

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Consider Breitling. Still a 'tool' watch, yet a lot of their previous lineup was polished (haven't looked recently). I wouldn't let that distract from the watch, but understand your thinking. That brushed finish on the crown guard softens the overall appearance a bit, anyway. I think you've got a good one and shouldn't sweat that detail.
 

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I never thought of that case style as dressy so I think brushed finish when I see one.
 

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Consider Breitling. Still a 'tool' watch, yet a lot of their previous lineup was polished (haven't looked recently). I wouldn't let that distract from the watch, but understand your thinking. That brushed finish on the crown guard softens the overall appearance a bit, anyway. I think you've got a good one and shouldn't sweat that detail.
I used to have a Breitling chrono in blue and thought it was too polished; the bracelet did tone it down by being brushed. I don't mind polished watches but I found it interesting how they are always a feature of high end timepieces (with the exception of some models).
 

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I haven't polished my watch in15 years. If it bothers use. Some 3m scotch brite pads and give it a once over

Your watch. Can do whatever you want to it

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I'm a bit newer to the Paneristi. If you intend it to be a true tool watch; brushed. If you intend for a bit dressier or similar wear; polished. My recently acquired PAM 00025 is brushed as it's a diver. However, as I look for my next Panerai, I would love another Luminor, possibly a Marina, with a polished case as I would like it for a more classed-up look.

Nonetheless, watches are entirely a personal and emotional decision; get what blows your hair back.
 

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Polish for dressed watch, brushed for tool watch.

as a sidenote, polished surfaces does not wear well and will exhibit hairline scratches with the lightest of touches. Brushed on the other hand will hide a lot of blemishes because of the grain of the finish.
 

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That first IWC and your Sinn are really sharp! What are the refs for those?
The solo iwc wrist shot is the original big pilot reference: 5002-01

The Sinn paired with the IWC is (Sinn: EZM 1.1) and IWC 2000m (depth rating) aquatimer (3536-01)


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The solo iwc wrist shot is the original big pilot reference: 5002-01

The Sinn paired with the IWC is (Sinn: EZM 1.1) and IWC 2000m (depth rating) aquatimer (3536-01)


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Those are some really nice pieces. Thanks for sharing the details.
 
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