Panerai Traumatic Stress Disorder

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It's probably been covered, but I don't feel like searching. I toss and turn almost every night dreaming of a one day aquisition of a Submersible or Slytech. At around 9,000 and 15,000 respectively, I doubt it will soon if ever happen. Can anyone explain why these things are so expensive? Hell, they are just slightly modified 7750's. They claim to have invented the graduated ratcheting bezel, but I believe a few companies make that assertion as well. They also hold in high esteem their "miraculously thick 4.5mm crystal." Thats cool, but my SubAqua Noma 2 has 7mm crystals. What in the world commands these prices? It could'nt be the free rubber strap thrown in with a purchase of either could it?
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Panerais are typically built in vary small quantities.

The individual models will be released with very slight variations in short runs, thus creating more demand. I feel like this is the reason for the prices.

But at the same time, Panerai also manufactures their own movement for their 8 day power reserve, so the price is semi-justified on those, but I agree that they are overpriced. They are definitely a cult brand, so the demand is there.

Their base models aren't too bad though, but then again, like you said, its just a slightly moded unitas. Certainly not worth the 3 or so grand in parts.
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