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


Let us talk about caliber P.5000 for a minute. It’s a big engine: 2 mainspring barrels which you may easily see running in the two large jewels, providing eight days of running time at 3hz/21,600 vph. The mainspring barrels operate in series, pushing torque through a really classically organized going train, with the center wheel observable via a large cutout from the plate. I guess technically speaking we’d have to call this a 3/4 plate motion as the third wheel bridge is not actually a bridge at the typical sense of this term, but rather caused by producing the cutout. That cutout in addition to the form of the major plate round the balance give a really aesthetically pleasing, but nevertheless pragmatic impact, which is completely appropriate for what was, after all, initially intended to be a tool lookout, plain and simple. The moving train is organized so the fourth wheel is just opposite the crown, which can be exactly where you’d locate it in a pocket watch, and if you want a small seconds dial in which it would have been in one of the Angelus pocket opinion powered Panerais all you need to do is run the wheel pivot through the dial and place a hand on it (which was what Panerai did with all the PAM 510).The equilibrium, which can be held in place by a really sturdy looking bridge, seems somewhat small for the movement but then again, that’s probably only because the movement’s so big; at 15 3/4 lignes, or simply about 35.7 mm, it’s a pocket — watch rather than a wristwatch caliber (unless you are in the bigger-than-average-wristwatch business, which Panerai manifestly is). In general, we think it’s an impressive piece of work — we have used the term sturdy and sturdiness is really much the takeaway belief one has of this P.5000. The screws holding the balance bridge in place run through threaded collars on the bridge and can be employed to correct end-shake (the quantity of vertical “play” between the ends of the balance staff as well as the endstones of this shock-jewel assembly.

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.