Panerai returns once more to that which they call “Our Ocean.” . However, if you are more on-point with the background of Panerai than that of the planet, you will understand that Mare Nostrum was the title of the company’s first chronograph, allegedly created for deck officers at the Italian Navy.As you’d imagine, given the reputation of mid-20th century Panerai, along with the appalling circumstances of World War II, the original Mare Nostrum prototype was a appropriate monstrum of a watch. For starters, it measured some 52mm wide, and was named Mare Nostrum after the phrase first used by the Romans — and, well, afterwards first revived by Italian nationalists following the 1861 unification of Italy and then from the fascists of World War II. Therefore, the origins of the name “Mare Nostrum” can 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 was 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 this war — sounds just like a lazy explanation, since at what other time than through war could a watch made particularly for the army be of any real use? Anyhow, Panerai also produced other devices under the name Mare Nostrum — so while they weren’t too keen on the watch they were keen on the title, it sounds. Other Panerai Mare Nostrum objects contained delay and timing devices for torpedoes and some other explosives used by the Italian army during WWII — just check out that striking appearing Mare Nostrum chronograph boasting a Minerva quality plus some nifty anti-vibration devices.
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 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.