Add to all this research that Mr. Jose Pereztroika of perezcope.com has ran — see here — and you’ll learn that the Mare Nostrum’s case layout really is nearer to what Panerai Watches Gold Replica was doing in the mid-1950s, as opposed to from the early ’40s. Panerai includes a rather poorly recorded history and the Mare Nostrum is a most fitting example — there is literally one real detailed picture from the ’50s, the one that you see further above, and that is about it. However, the Mare Nostrum has definitely existed and it’s for all to decide just how much weight they provide into the simple fact of whether or not Italian navy commanders were rocking it throughout World War II.Worry not, even though, if you thought this new release was going to be enormous as from some 74 decades back, or its 52mm tribute-pieces out of 2010 and 2015. The Panerai Mare Nostrum Chronograph PAM716 steps just 42mm wide. This is not a new-found thing either. There were several limited editions made in Panerai’s pre-Vendome era. On one note, “pre-V” is likely used so much because Panerai, auctioneers and lovers of the brand likely much prefer calling it the obscure “pre-Vendome” rather than “pre-Richemont” that only mortal watch fans could understand.Back on subject: back into the mid-90s, Panerai introduced the reference 5218-301/A, a 42mm-wide piece that’s remarkably close in its own appearance to this brand new Panerai Mare Nostrum PAM716. It was also followed by two Slytech pieces, in harmony with Panerai’s romance reaching its climax with celebrity Sylvester Stallone — that, in fact, has done a great deal by helping expose the then-largely-unknown brand, and who remains a fan of Panerai to this day.
Panerai continues its series of annual Sealand editions dedicated to the Chinese Zodiac with the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat (PAM00848), featuring a hunter case decorated with gold-inlaid hand-engraving.
Fitted with distinctive flip covers over the dial, the hunter cases of Panerai Luminor Sealand watches are a perfect canvas for engraving. To be officially unveiled at SIHH, the 2015 edition of the Luminor 1950 Sealand is dedicated to the Year of the Goat, the seventh in an annual edition for each year’s Chinese Zodiac and also the first in the Luminor 1950 case. While most of the earlier Sealand watches were engraved by Purdey, the maker of precious hunting rifles, Panerai now turns to Italian craftsman for the gold-inlaid engraving. The steel lid is first engraved by hand, and then fine gold wires are beaten into the grooves of the engraving until the image is formed in gold.
The inside of the lid has a little mirror, and beneath it is a steel grey dial that differs from the typical Panerai look. Minimalist with just a “12”, the dial has black baton indices with tiny luminous dots.
Unusually, the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat is the first Sealand watch to use the Luminor 1950 case as well as an in-house movement, the P.9000. Earlier Sealand editions used the standard 44 mm Luminor case which lacks the more complex form of the 1950. Those were also powered by a simple Unitas movement.
Available only at Panerai boutiques and produced in an edition of just 100 watches, the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat is priced at 32,500 Singapore dollars, which is equivalent to about US$26,000. Panerai isn’t alone with a Chinese Zodiac-themed timepiece, Vacheron Constantin will also present a Year of the Goat edition at SIHH 2015.