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


Panerai returns once more to that which they call “Our Sea” The Panerai Mare Nostrum Chronograph PAM716 (PAM00716) is a surprise, mid-2017 launch from Officine Panerai that actually harkens back into not just its pre-Richemont days, but also to the brand’s first chronograph, produced during World War II. . But if you are more on-point using the history of Panerai than all this world, you’ll understand that Mare Nostrum has been the title of the company’s very first chronograph, allegedly designed for deck officers at the Italian Navy.As you would imagine, given the reputation of mid-20th century Panerai, along with the appalling conditions of World War II, the first Mare Nostrum prototype proved to be a proper monstrum of a wristwatch. Therefore, the origins of this title “Mare Nostrum” could be traced back into the era of the Roman Empire, but one really need not look back that far in time to have an idea as to why it had been termed as such in the Italy of the early 1940s. Funnily enough, most sources state that the 1943 model of the Mare Nostrum never made it into production due to the turmoils of the war — seems like a lazy explanation, because at what other time than through war would a watch made specifically for the army be of no real use? Anyhow, Panerai also generated other apparatus under the name Mare Nostrum — so while they were not too keen on the watch, they were keen on the name, it seems. Other Panerai Mare Nostrum items included delay and timing apparatus for torpedoes and some other explosives employed by the Italian military during WWII — just check out that striking appearing Mare Nostrum chronograph boasting a Minerva caliber plus a few nifty anti-vibration apparatus.

In 2010 Panerai Watches Models 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.