Aside from the motion, the situation silhouette, and that sandwich dial, the other signature element of this Luminor household of watches is that lever-operated safety system for dogging down the crown. This system is simple, powerful, and clever. The curved locking lever includes a small roller on the end of the which, if you lock it down, presses the wafer-shaped crown from a gasket in the tube, sealing the eye. It’s more complicated than a screw-down crown, but it also offers a very positive method for ensuring water remains from this case and it’s a great alternative to the slightly neater sense of a screwed-down crown (and there’s no risk of cross-threading either, as sometimes occurs with watches whose crowns are screwed into position). The other huge benefit of this locking lever is it is just plain fun to play, and even though to do so too much is sort of against the soul of this watch (the entire point of the eight day movement was to decrease to a minimum the period of time the crown is in an unlocked place) at the same time you will likely find the urge to play with it irresistible.Despite the dimensions, this is only one of those easiest-to-wear watches I’ve ever had on. Thanks to this thick but still pliable strap, which tapers in thickness in the lugs to the trick, it seems really secure and it’s a pleasure to have on. The best thing about it, aside from the chance to play with all the locking lever, is your dial; this item glows like a harvest moon.This is a tiny personal note; my first memory of a watch was my Dad’s Benrus, shining like mad in 1968, therefore any watch that lights up at the night the way PAM 560 does is okay by me. The movement is a much better piece of work than that I gave it credit for initially. It’s fair, it appears bulletproof and it has a ton of really nice chronometric characteristics difficult to find at this cost, and if you would like something with the total amount of style the PAM 560 has that also has a free sprung balance and 8 times of gas in the tank it has a really small list. I am a late convert to the Panerai faithful and I’m not saying that there are other watches out there for this price point that do not offer you a wonderful value as well — but then again, they are not Panerais.
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.