May 2008

Have you ever wondered what the different styles of Panerai cases are? If you’re already a seasoned Panerai collector, this will not be anything you already don’t know, but if you’re new to the brand, this article might be of interest to you. I know from personal experience that it was difficult to tell the difference between the difference case styles as they kind of look the same in pictures.

I wrote an article on that illustrates and explains the differences between the cases styles from Panerai. Hope you enjoy it:

Panerai Case Styles Article

After having a conversation over the phone today with a fellow about watches, I noticed he pronounced the word “Submariner” as in Rolex Submariner as sub MAH ren ner. Like the baseball team the Seattle Mariners but with Sub in front. I pronouce it Sub mah REEN ner like the word Submarine with an R on the end.


I decided I would check it out and find out what the proper way of saying it is. I thought it would have been easier. From gathering the information all over the net, I have found that the old school sailors that would be in the submarines, would use my pronunciation, Sub mah REEN ner. However, there are a lot of British folks that swear that sub MAH ren ner is the way its pronouced.

Reading several sources tells me that the people that actually work as Submariners elected to use the pronunciation Sub mah REEN ner at some point in time and that is what they use. Dictionary tells me that both pronunciations are acceptable.

So next time you walk into a Rolex store and use one of the pronunciations, and the Rolex salesperson corrects you not-so-discreetly by intentionally using the other pronunciation, you can throw this in his face 😀

I’ve been working hard for the last few months collecting data and building a new site: Panerai Source. This site is intended to be a culmination of information on all the Panerai watches in an easy-to-use format similar to the one used for Breitling Source, but this time for Panerai Watches. Every single Pre-V and Current model should be in the database and on the site. I am still looking for photos of models especially discontinued ones, and looking to eventually add a vintage section as well. I’ll also slowly be building up the articles section to provide users and especially newcomers with useful information.

If anyone has some Panerai photos they have taken and would like to contribute them for use on the site.. please email me and let me know! I would be very grateful for them. Even pics of different straps and buckles would be exceptionally useful. But please take a look, join the forum and help make the Panerai Watch Source a great friendly community for everything 🙂

Panerai Source

It has been brought to my attention that Chuck Maddox, a legened in the Watch community, providing us with an amazing amount of information on watches, especially Omegas, has passed away yesterday. A moment of silence for one of the most knowledgeable watch guys on the net.

Chuck’s Blog:

Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton, the largest luxury brand group in the world, has just acquired Hublot. This will really ramp up the level of quality high-end watches that the group produces. They will join Tag Heuer and Zenith among others at LVMH. Hublot has been around since 1980 and produces some of the most advanced watches on the market. They specialize in high-tech materials and ultra-light cases using combinations of high-end materials and specialized composites.

Hublot’s Big Bang is a very popular and iconic watch:


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