SIHH 2015: Up Close With The Panerai Mare Nostrum Titanio PAM603 (With Photos And Price) Grade 1 Replica Watches


The Panerai Mare Nostrum Chronograph PAM716 (PAM00716) is a surprise, mid-2017 release from Officine Panerai that actually harkens back into not only its pre-Richemont days, but also into the brand’s first chronograph, generated during World War II. . But if you are more on-point with the background of Panerai than all this planet, you’ll understand that Mare Nostrum has been the name of the company’s very first chronograph, allegedly created for deck officers in the Italian Navy.As you’d imagine, given the standing of mid-20th century Panerai, and the dreadful circumstances of World War II, the original Mare Nostrum prototype proved to be a proper monstrum of a wristwatch. For starters, it quantified some 52mm wide, and was called Mare Nostrum after the term 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 roots of the title “Mare Nostrum” can be traced back into the era of the expanding Roman Empire, but one really need not look back that far in time to have a clue as to why it was termed as such in the Italy of the early 1940s. Funnily enough, most sources say that the 1943 prototype of the Mare Nostrum never made it into production as a result of turmoils of this war — seems like a lazy explanation, because at what other time than during warfare would a watch made specifically for the army function of no real use? Anyhow, Panerai also generated other apparatus under the title Mare Nostrum — so while they weren’t too excited about the watch, they had been keen on the name, it seems. Additional Panerai Mare Nostrum items included delay and timing devices for torpedoes and some other explosives employed by the Italian army during WWII — just check out that impressive appearing Mare Nostrum chronograph boasting a Minerva quality and some nifty anti-vibration apparatus.
Add to all this study that Mr. Jose Pereztroika of perezcope.com has ran — read that here — and you will learn the Mare Nostrum’s case layout actually is much nearer to what Panerai was performing in the mid-1950s, as opposed to in the early ’40s. Panerai has a rather poorly documented history and the Mare Nostrum is a fitting example — there’s one real detailed image from the ’50s, the one that you see farther 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 give into the simple fact of whether or not Italian navy commanders were rocking it during World War II.Worry not, though, if you believed this new release was going to be as enormous as that from some 74 years ago, or its 52mm tribute-pieces from 2010 and 2015. This is not a new-found thing either. On one note, “pre-V” is probably used so much since Panerai, auctioneers and lovers of the newest likely much prefer calling it the obscure “pre-Vendome” instead of “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 bit that is remarkably close in its appearance to this 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 lover of Panerai to this day.

In 2010 Panerai unveiled the first oversized Mare Nostrum chronograph (PAM300), inspired by a prototype officer’s chronograph from 1943. That is now a desirable timepiece on the secondary market, so true to form Panerai introduced the Mare Nostrum Titanio PAM603 at SIHH 2015.

Translating as “our sea”, Mare Nostrum was the Roman term for the Mediterranean Sea, coming back into vogue during the Second World War. And it was for the deck officers of the Italian Navy of WWII that the original Mare Nostrum prototypes were developed.

Aesthetically the new Mare Nostrum is very similar to the 2010 model. The case is 52 mm in diameter, with a brushed finish and a wide, flat bezel. But it is made of titanium, making it less heavy than it looks (the 2010 watch was in steel).

The dial is a dark brown with gold hands and parchment markings. Panerai does excel at recreating the look of watches from times past, and the Mare Nostrum feels very much like a vintage watch.

As with several Panerai reissue models, the numerals and markers are engraved, then filled with Super-Luminova. Notably, the chapter ring is raised, sitting a step above the centre of the dial.

Inside is the Minerva calibre 13-22, here known as the Panerai OP XXV movement. It’s a traditionally constructed and finished movement with German silver bridges. Unlike the 2010 model, however, this has a solid back, keep the movement hidden. That is a shame as like all Minerva movements it is hand-finished to a high standard, far beyond what is typical of a Panerai.

The Mare Nostrum Titanio PAM603 is limited to 300 pieces in total, with 150 pieces produced each year in 2015 and 2016. The price is €37,000 before taxes, or 58,200 Singapore dollars with 7% tax.