SIHH 2015: Up Close With The Panerai Mare Nostrum Titanio PAM603 (With Photos And Price) Japanese Movement Replica

Cost for your Panerai Watches Uk Prices Replica Mare Nostrum Chronograph PAM716 (PAM00716) is $9,900 and it’ll be limited to 1,000 pieces. But exactly what exactly the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 lacks in historical precision and stealth capabilities it makes up for by being one of the more affordable, in-house-movement-equipped and refreshing-looking alternatives in a sea of boring blue and black dial watches.Panerai may be a new just a few of — admittedly very similar — collections, yet it is one among few which have an almost unearthly power in bringing their first-time client back for another model… and then yet another, and another, etc. Therefore, I really don’t feel that the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is a typical “first Panerai” — for that, have a look at our Cost of Entry informative article on the cheapest Panerai you can buy.I picked the PAM561 specifically because I wanted to critique a Panerai that isn’t a clear choice but something one could in fact wind up considering after taking a look at the current manufacturing line-up of the brand. Clad in a 44mm-wide Luminor instance, it is a simple, legible, and one of Panerai watches, competitively priced offering which also packs a unusual hand-wound, in-house-made motion with an 8-day energy reserve.Being the very simple watch that it’s, there isn’t much pizzazz to get distracted by. But that only means that the fewer number of consequently more prominent elements have to work together with the greater — and, with one notable gripe notwithstanding, they do.To this day, I stay positively baffled by how imaginative this Luminor case design is, particularly in 44mm where proportions together with the dial components I find much more spot on compared to 47mm. The larger case is proportionate but often too large to work well with the dialup, in my opinion.

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.


 

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