Is it really a Panerai?

Is it acceptable for a Panerai to have a water resistance of ~100m, or should it always be ~300m?
IMHO, Panerai should always have ~300 meters of water resistance. So Bonati or Pontroué, a Bon-err-aye should always be a Pontr-fect Panerai!

Please tell me what you think!
 

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My 372 has 100 meters and it's the most Panerai looking model they've made in my opinion. 

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Jewbaka

My 372 has 100 meters and it's the most Panerai looking model they've made in my opinion. 

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It looks good, bro! 😊 Luminor 3 days - 47mm - 100m - PAM00372 - $10,400 ($8,700)

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Luminor 8 days - 44mm - 300m - PAM00914 - $6,600 ($5,800)

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If the cost of WR means shrinking the case to appeal to more buyers, I think they have to consider it. I think they can always have there tea cup saucers with 300MM plus, there will always be that audience, albeit a shrinking one. However, if they can pump out a few 38-40MM at 100MM, I think most would prefer that. I could be wrong, but I think the due is < 50MM, which is just silly given the case design. It's like having a Ferrari with a Nissan Versa engine. 

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Historically speaking dive watches were acceptable with way less than 300m.  In the 1970's and 80's 150m was considered the standard.  I'm not sure about earlier (40's, 50's & 60's) but I am sure it wasn't 300m.  

All that being said should a modern Panerai have at least 200m (current ISO Standard) or 300m?  I think the answer is yes!  

But the modern Panerai is more of a fashion watch than a true dive watch; and it seems many are content to accept the 100m, myself included.

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At least it's not a Due.  3 bar baby!

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Panerai has an opportunity to overcome a problem. They have a great design style that is geared towards the 300m WR. How can they bring that design to a 100m watch?  Obviously they don’t need the crown guard To accomplish this, but there is more to their DNA than just a crown guard. They need to harness this in 100m WR watches. 

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Edge168n

At least it's not a Due.  3 bar baby!

Still has that crown guard! 

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Why would you dive with a dive watch? 🤣

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Luminor 300m, Radiomir 100m, and ignoring Due is something I'm totally OK with. The first Radiomirs had very little WR (and afaih drowned a lot too - WR was still in its infancy then). They were made for combat swimmers, not divers. 

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SurferJohn

Historically speaking dive watches were acceptable with way less than 300m.  In the 1970's and 80's 150m was considered the standard.  I'm not sure about earlier (40's, 50's & 60's) but I am sure it wasn't 300m.  

All that being said should a modern Panerai have at least 200m (current ISO Standard) or 300m?  I think the answer is yes!  

But the modern Panerai is more of a fashion watch than a true dive watch; and it seems many are content to accept the 100m, myself included.

To be fair, the idea of being deep enough under water to flood a well made and pressure tested 100m watch scares the crap out of me.

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ds760476

To be fair, the idea of being deep enough under water to flood a well made and pressure tested 100m watch scares the crap out of me.

Most recreational dives are under 50m or less, still you should be in top physical condition.  Mostly a sport for younger people, that's how it was for me anyway.  I will do snorkeling now; and only for a killer location, that's about the extent of it.

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I think 100 meters is on the edge for me with a panerai watch.

They also have watches with under 100 meters - that would be a deal breaker for me.

Do I need the 100 meter? - No 
Do I feel the difference to other Panerais? - No

Does it still bother me? - Hell yeah

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I would not wear that beautiful watch anywhere near a pool or body of water !!!!  Are you mad !!!! :) I would treat it as carefully as my grandchild….

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With today's advancements in watch making there is no reason why all watches don't have at least 100m of water resistance.  That said, The Radiomir line are dress pieces.  This is my rose gold Radiomir that I wish I treated better. Gold does scratch and mine shows lots of wear

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Why? Have you taken a watch to 300m 200m 100m 50m 25m? stand next to a 100m vertical building and look up and tell me that that is not deep enough!! 
as a former combat diver and now recreational diver, I don’t dive with a watch as neither will the majority of divers, there is no room after attaching the two dive computers . Dive watches are a nostalgic obsolete technology and most are owned by people who go no further than the pool. 100m is perfectly fine. if you are into the history of Panerai? then 100m is more authentic. Panerai is the original military diver. Anything else pales in the history stakes of horology when it comes to divers. I would be interested to find out how many luxury brand divers purchased in the last 10 years have been to 50m let alone 300m, I would chance 0% 😂 just enjoy the watch 👍👍