Panerai returns once more to what they call “Our Ocean” The Used Panerai Watches Japan Replica Mare Nostrum Chronograph PAM716 (PAM00716) is a surprise, mid-2017 release from Officine Panerai that really harkens back into not only its pre-Richemont days, but also to the brand’s first chronograph, generated during World War II. . But if you’re more on-point using the history of Panerai than that of the planet, you will understand that Mare Nostrum was the title of the company’s first chronograph, allegedly designed for deck officers in the Italian Navy.As you would imagine, given the reputation of mid-20th century Panerai, and the dreadful conditions of World War II, the original Mare Nostrum prototype proved to be a appropriate monstrum of a wristwatch. 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 after the 1861 unification of Italy and then by the fascists of World War II. Therefore, the origins of the title “Mare Nostrum” could be traced back into the era of the expanding Roman Empire, but you really need not look back that far in time to have an idea as to why it was termed as such from the Italy of the early 1940s. Funnily enough, many sources say that the 1943 model of the Mare Nostrum never made it into production due to the turmoils of this war — seems like a lazy explanation, because at what other time than during war could a watch made specifically for the army function of any real use? Anyhow, Panerai also generated other devices under the title Mare Nostrum — so while they weren’t too keen on the watch, they were keen on the name, it seems. Additional Panerai Mare Nostrum items contained delay and timing devices for torpedoes and several other explosives employed by the Italian military during WWII — just check out that impressive looking Mare Nostrum chronograph boasting a Minerva quality plus a few nifty anti-vibration devices.
At SIHH 2015 Panerai will unveil the Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica, a variation of its Luminor chronograph, in matte black ceramic.
Two years ago Panerai unveiled its P.9100 in-house chronograph movement, a self-winding calibre with a condensed chronograph display featuring just two central hands. First available only in steel or gold, the P.9100 has now made its way into the new Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica PAM580 with a black ceramic case. The look of the new chronograph is classic Panerai: the case is matte black ceramic with a 44 mm diameter, while the dial and hands have faux vintage ivory Super Luminova.
The chronograph has just two hands, both mounted on the central axis of the dial. A blue hands records the elapsed seconds, while the rhodium plated hand just below does the same for the minutes. In addition the chronograph has a flyback function. Constant seconds is displayed in the sub-dial at nine o’clock, with the date just across. A sapphire display back – tinted grey as Panerai has done with other ceramic watches – reveals the P.9100 movement. It has a three day power reserve as well as the usual bells and whistles of a modern chronograph, like a column wheel and vertical clutch.
The price of the Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica has yet to be announced, but it will be between US$12,800 and US$30,900, which are the prices of the same model in steel and rose gold respectively. An educated guess would peg it at around US$18,000.