Green shark strap by strap-works
The PAM243 is not really a watch that you can easily dress up. Many different styles of straps look good on this watch, but it will always have that rugged look and feel. The watch originally comes with the new style Panerai rubber strap with a brushed steel buckle - shown on the right in the photo below. The other straps in the photo are the earlier version OEM rubber straps (with a folding clasp aka deployant). The new style rubber no longer has the words officine on one end and Panerai on the other. There's an embossed logo on both ends instead.
Panerai OEM rubber straps - the 243 strap on the right
In my opinion the 243 is at its best in combination with an ammo type strap. Although I have worn it on a crocodile strap quite regularly too. Below are eighteen photos of different combos, number nineteen is showing at the top of the page. You can click the photos for a larger version.
Strap makersThese are the contact details of the strap makers referred to in this post:
The Watch Boys
Kevin/BigB on watches24seven
Justin Chen doesn't have a website but occasionally offers his straps on the AC on paneristi.com.
Related postsTwenty strap combos for a Panerai 233
An overview of more posts about straps
All photos © 2009 M.Wilmsen