This is definitely the most stripped-down view in Panerai’s current collection and additionally, it signifies the entry level price to the world of Panerai in-house moves. It is really a rather new motion — that the caliber P.5000 was released only two decades ago and back in 2013, HODINKEE creator Ben Clymer have a look at the watch where it was released: the PAM 510, that has a seconds sub-dial in the 9:00 position. In case you’re not up on Panerai history, the use of an 8 day movement with small seconds is an homage to this history; Panerai utilized 8-day moves by Angelus in a number of its earliest watches (along with Rolex movements according to Cortebert ebauches). The PAM 560 is newer than the motion — we saw it for the first time in the 2014 variant of the SIHH, and the feeling we have is that it’s part of a general movement across the board to produce all Panerai watches powered by at-home movements. We haven’t spent a tremendous amount of time together with Panerais really on the wrist here at HODINKEE, but the firm’s increasing reliance on Panerai-made movements made us interested to find out what sort of an impression that the PAM 560 makes in person.It’s not the biggest Panerai (after all, there’s the 52 millimeter Mare Nostrum) in 44 millimeters in diameter. It’s water resistant to 300 meters, and there’s sapphire front and rear so you can observe caliber P.5000 in the office. The very thick strap is held in place by screwed-in bars and the buckle is very much a no-nonsense affair, with a curved, broad pin that only happens to echo the form of the lever that holds the crown set up (whether deliberate, or serendipitous, it is a really wonderful touch). That combination crown-guard/locking system, in addition to the completely uncluttered “sandwich” dial, is what makes the Luminor instantly identifiable.
In 2010 Panerai Watches San Diego Replica 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.