Monday, March 21, 2011

Panerai Radiomir Black Seal Ceramic PAM 292 Follow up

I have not seen a lot of articles addressing this, and maybe this is because this specific timepiece is fairly limited so there isn't really a critical mass of individuals who own the watch that wants to write about it.  This is a follow up to my original post on the Panerai Black Seal Ceramic.

I do not like the OEM tongue buckle and strap that came with the Panerai Black Seal Ceramic.  In fact, it got to a point where I was ready to sell the watch because the strap and tongue buckle.  The black anodizing/ PVD of the buckle cause it to become extremely sharp, and because of how the strap was designed, it either fit my wrist way too loosely or way too tightly.  When the watch is on my wrist too tightly, it does not allow the watch to breath, and I end up getting this funky smell on my wrist from my perspiration.

Out of sheer luck, I decided to take a trip down to Carmel by the Sea with my gf.  We were window shopping downtown and found this small boutique called Chatel recessed in a corner of the downtown.  The owner was an avid Panerai collector and was very knowledgeable of the brand and the timepiece (as well as a certified watch smith/ watch maker).

The owner suggested that I try on a crocodile strap along with a deployant strap, which would both eliminate the sharp edges of the tongue buckle as well as provide some room between my skin and the strap/watch to allow for circulation.  This was probably the best suggestion he could have made for the watch.  After the swap, my wrist no longer gets irritated by the sharp edges of the PVD tongue buckle, and no more "funk" from a watch strap that's too tight for my wrist.

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