Panerai returns once more to that which they call “Our Ocean” The Panerai Watch 312 Replica Mare Nostrum Chronograph PAM716 (PAM00716) is a surprise, mid-2017 launch from Officine Panerai that actually harkens back to not only its pre-Richemont days, but also to the brand’s first chronograph, produced during World War II. . .or a while after.Historically, Mare Nostrum stood for “Our Sea” in Latin and it was the Roman’s title for the Mediterranean Sea. However, if you’re more on-point with the background of Panerai than that of the world, you’ll know that Mare Nostrum was the title of the company’s very first chronograph, allegedly created for deck officers at the Italian Navy.As you’d imagine, given the reputation of mid-20th century Panerai, and the dreadful conditions of World War II, the first Mare Nostrum prototype was a proper monstrum of a wristwatch. For starters, it measured some 52mm wide, and was called Mare Nostrum following the phrase first used by the Romans — and, well, afterwards first revived by Italian nationalists following the 1861 unification of Italy and then by the fascists of World War II. As such, the origins of this title “Mare Nostrum” could be traced back into the era of the expanding Roman Empire, but one 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, most sources say 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, because at what other time than during war would a watch designed particularly for the army be of no real use? Anyhow, Panerai also generated other devices under the name Mare Nostrum — so while they weren’t too keen on the watch they had been keen on the name, it seems. Additional Panerai Mare Nostrum objects contained delay and timing devices for torpedoes and several other explosives used by the Italian army during WWII — just check out that impressive looking Mare Nostrum chronograph boasting a Minerva caliber and some nifty anti-vibration apparatus.
Panerai has announced a 500-piece limited edition Luminor Base Logo for the 15th anniversary of Paneristi, the brand’s enthusiast community website.
Paneristi is the Panerai enthusiast website, one that has created a community, in the truest sense of the word, dedicated to Panerai. For the 15th anniversary of the site, which was founded in 2000 by Guy Verbist, Panerai Watch Reviews The Luminor Marina Replica has created a limited edition Luminor Base Logo (PAM00634) with a blue OP at six o’clock. The third Paneristi edition – after the PAM195, PAM360 and PAM532 – the 15th anniversary PAM634 is a Luminor equipped with the hand-wound OP I movement (which is essentially a Unitas 6497) behind a solid case back. Notably the case back is a snap-on case back, a first for a Luminor, instead of the screw-down back typical of Panerai and other dive watches. Another feature traditionalists will bemoan are the spring bars for the strap, yet another first, instead of the traditional screwed bars synonymous with Panerai.
This is the first Paneristi edition that does not have a black PVD coated case, instead the 44mm case is polished steel with “Paneristi” engraved on the crown lever.
Another feature unique to this edition is the blue OP logo at six o’clock. Though this is the first for a dial, the blue logo has been used widely in the SIHH 2015 collection on straps. And the Super-Luminova on the dial is ivory, approximating the look of tritium-dial, Pre-Vendome Panerai watches from the 1990s. The PAM634 is limited to 500 pieces with a retail price os US$4200, which is slightly less than the US$4900 retail price of the PAM000 “logo”, the equivalent watch from the regular collection. Intended primarily for active members of Paneristi, the PAM634 order process can be found on the forum. Source: Paneristi Update June 29, 2015: Edited to include snap-on back and spring bars.