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


The perfectly round bezel looks both elegant and masculine, while the cushion-shaped situation with its tall profile (unlike the sloped 1950 variant) and straight lugs operates in vibrant harmony with it. The PAM561 includes a fully polished case which is not as impressive as exteriors with switching finishings can be: it really is a polished mass of steel with no sharp angles, complex corners and borders, or particularly fascinating details anywhere. It is that your bog-standard Luminor case that’s appealing as a whole and in a glimpse, but maybe not for its selfishly complicated intricacies.Of the two minor details I’d still point out that go beyond mere proportions, first is the way the four corners of the middle case are curved downwards, which takes the borders of the corners away and leaves them better match the round dial and bezel. The second is that the profile of the crown shield – not something many will consider. Its bottom side is completely level to keep it as high above the wrist as possible (though occasionally, it does dig into the skin), while its upper part is angled upward, towards the wearer. This, you do not necessarily realize even when looking at the watch in a small angle, but it will add more elegance to this over-60-year-old military design.Speaking of the component, strangely enough, Panerai decided to bring a totally satin-finished crown guard on the completely polished instance. This isn’t something that would stand out immediately at first look, but after seen was not something I could quite get used to within the couple weeks together with the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561. This aesthetic element is kind of similar to an exaggerated take on alternating finishing. I’ll state that, from afar, I discovered it possibly adds a more quality appearance than that which the PAM561 could have experienced using a polished crown shield to go with the reflective case. It isn’t a maker or breaker of the aesthetics but instead something I believe is somewhat strange at first, but finally, justified.

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.