Panerai returns once more to what they call “Our Sea” . But if you are more on-point using the background of Panerai Watches Lowest Prices Replica than that of the planet, you’ll understand that Mare Nostrum was the name of the company’s very first chronograph, reportedly designed for deck officers at the Italian Navy.As you’d imagine, given the reputation of mid-20th century Panerai, along with the dreadful conditions of World War II, the first Mare Nostrum prototype was a appropriate monstrum of a watch. For starters, it quantified some 52mm broad, and was named Mare Nostrum after the phrase first used by the Romans — and, well, later first revived by Italian nationalists following the 1861 unification of Italy and then from the fascists of World War II. Therefore, the origins of this title “Mare Nostrum” could be traced back into the age of the Roman Empire, but you really need not look back that far in time to really have an idea as to why it had been termed as such in the Italy of the early 1940s. Funnily enough, many sources state that the 1943 model of the Mare Nostrum never made it into production due to the turmoils of the war — sounds just like a lazy explanation, since at what other time than during war would a watch made specifically for the army function of no real use? Anyhow, Panerai also produced other apparatus under the title Mare Nostrum — so while they weren’t too excited about the watch, they were keen on the title, it seems. Other Panerai Mare Nostrum items contained delay and timing apparatus for torpedoes and several other explosives employed by the Italian army during WWII — just check out that striking appearing Mare Nostrum chronograph boasting a Minerva quality plus some nifty anti-vibration apparatus.
Panerai‘s history in watchmaking essentially boils down to two models: the wire-lug Radiomir of the thirties and the later Luminor with its signature crown locking mechanism that came in the subsequent decade. But in between the two was a transitional model, essentially a Luminor without the crown locking device. That timepiece is the basis for the whole Radiomir 1940 collection, including the brand new Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare 3 Days Acciaio PAM00587.
Modelled on the Radiomir reference 6152/1, the Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare is feels just like a Luminor 1950 PAM372 with the crown lock mechanism removed. It looks and feels historically correct, right down to the “double pencil” gilt hands.
“Marina Militare” is a phrase that excites many a Panerai enthusiast as several times in the past Panerai stated, without exceptions, that the phrase would no longer be used on its timepieces as it belonged to the Italian Navy. But “Marina Militare” inexplicably makes its way to the dial here.
As with most of Panerai’s vintage-remake limited editions, the text is engraved and filled with lacquer. And the dial has a sandwich construction, consisting of a lower dial plate covered with luminous material and an upper plate with cutouts for the hour markers.
The case is polished steel and 47 mm in diameter, a high, domed Plexiglas crystal. Though it appears to be a simple form at first glance, the case is carefully shaped, especially in the lugs and flanks. It is obviously made in two steps, first by stamping out the rough form, and then milled to get the details.
Visible on the back is the P.3000 movement. Though finished simply and mechanically the P.3000 has features that point towards stable, accurate timekeeping, including twin barrels and a large, free-sprung balance wheel.
Notably the Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare features a newly developed leather strap that has the OP logo stamped on both ends of the strap – it looks silly but fortunately Panerai straps are a breeze to swap with thousands of options available.
The Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare is a special edition of 1000 numbered pieces with a price of US$10,100. Panerai typically has a habit of making new editions based on successful, ostensibly limited models, and it remains to be seen if this Radiomir 1940 will be a one-off.