San Martin

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svaglic
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San Martin

Post by svaglic » Thu Sep 30, 2021 5:05 pm

I spent about a year hoping one would pop up on watchrecon for 150, but it never did. So, here I am spending $299.00 new on one. They used to be on a couple of sites for sale, now I only found one on eBay so I got it.

I like new watches that look vintage, it allows me to wear a vintage look and not care so much if I tear it up. If I were to actually tear up one of my real vintage watches, it would hurt.

40mm Pam homage, no spring bars (I like the look of fixed lugs). No sandwich dial either, I will look for one to fit a 40mm case, most out there are for 45mm or larger.
That black box looks familiar…..I guess that’s the new box for all watches coming out of China.
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At least there is a little raised depth in the dial markings.
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Side view
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Back shot that shows the lugs come off to slip on a band. I better be careful not to lose a screw here.
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Another front shot
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Here is an old Panerai from the Italian divers.
The dial style I want in this watch, sterile dial of course.
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I just realized that it doesn’t appear to be a sandwich dial. That makes it a lot easier to have one made.


The Rolex case with Panerai dials is found here in this article. It is a very informative article that is captivating.
https://www.paneraimagazine.com/2007/07 ... nerai.html

I’m actually a little impressed with San Martin, they put out a nice product that looks and feels like quality. I was expecting to find a lot of faults with this, but there isn’t anything that jumps out at me as being low quality or cheap. I don’t mind the 299 I spent on it, I think it’s a fair shake for this watch.
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Re: San Martin

Post by JAS1125 » Thu Sep 30, 2021 5:53 pm

That looks great.... Love the dial.
Been looking at the San Martin vintage explorer myself
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Re: San Martin

Post by biglove » Fri Oct 01, 2021 12:04 pm

Looks great and I like the fixed lugs.

San Martin makes a solid product for the money and their products keep getting better. That's far more than I can say for some well known brands.

A nice addition to your collection, I especially like that sunray black dial, too.

Started reading the Panerai history but had to stop. Was making my head spin. Got through to the end of the Radium history. I love history but that was just too much to take in.
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Re: San Martin

Post by bbattle » Tue Oct 05, 2021 3:32 pm

I've got two San Martin bronze flieger watches and have been pleased with them.

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manual hand wind, ETA clone movement

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I think it has the ubiquitous NH35 movement but not sure. San Martin's website needs spiffing up.
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