Each of the finishing appears to be machine-produced, but the edges of the plates as well as the countersinks are nicely beveled and polished still — adding a little flair to an otherwise very technical looking movement. The P.5000 also includes an impressively low variety of components at only 127 in total.A power reserve indicator arguably could have been a wonderful element but would definitely have pushed up the cost and added sophistication. So, in this case and paired with all the 192-hour power reserve, I did not overlook it much.Price for its Panerai Watches 8 Days Replica Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is CHF 5,700, which is CHF 1,200 dearer than the PAM630, which has basically the exact same dial (different lume color and base logo at 6) but the OP I (ETA 6497) hand-wound motion instead of this P.5000. To put it differently, the P.5000 using its 8-day power book will run you an additional CHF 1,200 which, for anybody familiar with all Swiss luxury watch pricing techniques, really is not that large of a jump.Sticking with the P.5000, Panerai has a wide range of alternatives to the PAM561 including the exact same watch with a black dial (PAM560) as well as a titanium-clad model (PAM562) for CHF 600 more.
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.