Panerai 305 Versus Panerai 243

Discussion in 'Panerai Watches' started by SPACE-DWELLER, Oct 20, 2009.

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Which PAM Do You Like Best?

  1. PAM 305

    8 vote(s)
    66.7%
  2. PAM 243

    4 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. SPACE-DWELLER

    SPACE-DWELLER

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    Which one do you like best? :thinking:

    PAM 305 (in-house Cal. 9000 movt.; 300m WR, 47mm 1950 case in Titanium (exhibition caseback), date (no cyclops):

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    Or:

    PAM 243 (Cal. OP III - ETA Val. 7750 based), 1,000m WR, 44mm 1950 case in SS (solid caseback), HEV, date with cyclops:

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    Here some more comparison pics...

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    Right: PAM 305:
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    Next two pics: Top: PAM 305:
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  2. Goldbug

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    I like the PAM 305 because:

    Larger case diameter
    Titanium
    No cyclops (to me, doesn't look right on the PAM...:dunno: Could be just me)
    WR is fine for me even though it is 300m
    Exhibition caseback


    John
  3. Xelor

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    Voted 305, are you thinking of selling the 312 Bo?
  4. SPACE-DWELLER

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    No, I am very happy with my 312! :thumbsup:
  5. CorruptedSanity

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    305 for sure. Sure its not 1km WR but its nice.
  6. WatchTimes

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    243 hands down....

    Unless you have very big wrists 47 mm is too big.
    I am not sold on the in house movement yet.
    I think this is just proof Panerai is more concerned with making a watch for looks instead of function. I am sorry but I just do not see why a dive watch needs a display back??

    Of course that is just my two cents :)

    To me the 243 is a watch Id buy and wear anywhere through anything... I think the ETA movement is a smarter choice for this watch (the way Id use it) as the ETA is tough as nails, proven over years and years and can be serviced by most any decent watchmaker anywhere in the world while the 305 is only going to be able to be serviced by Panerai themselves as they won't sell parts (even to their AD's!).

    PS I have dealt with Panerai service... While they are nice and try to make up the delays expect slow service!
  7. SPACE-DWELLER

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    As to the 47mm, I should be able to pull it off... I've tried on the PAM 127 that looked good.. I don't mind a high-standing case, either.

    An advantage of the 305 is that it's lighter (and cooler in the summer) than the 243, but it worries me a bit that the Titanium is (reported to be) more proned to scratches...
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    Bo, I have a IWC Ti Aquatimer Chrono... Ti is great but it is a more ummm malleable metal but it wont chip like SS could, the metal just moves. The color is not the same as SS (I know you know all of this already).
    I wear my IWC Aquatimer chrono and it shows signs of wear, nicks and scrapes BUT I bought it to be worn and worn hard so I do not mind. I guess it depends on what your wants from the 305.... As for cooler metal, OK are you going in the desert? As I have worn my SS and my Ti watches out on the boat in 90 degree days and never noticed my watch was hot. I also never really have been bothered by the weight of a watch.

    I think the 243 sits higher? I am curious on that... Doesnt matter one way or another as I am a 243 guy for sure
  9. daveathall

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    Bo Ive had a PAM 25, don't worry about the scratches, I cant explain it but they are not noticeable, the titanium seems to fix the scratches itself.

    I like the 243, I think that the numbers (12 and 6) IMHO balance the watch better than the dashes on the 305.
  10. T-R

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    305 The BEST!!!
  11. Baco Noir

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    I voted 305 because I LOVE Ti and am not a fan of the cyclops either. Not sure I could pull off the 47mm case though.
  12. SPACE-DWELLER

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    Just found a nice comparison between the PAM 243 and 305:

    Comparison

    Enjoy! :cheers: