Sandwich dials are entertaining and all, but your first Panerai more than likely had that previously, and the PAM561 is similar to your second or third in the line, as I mentioned above, where you do want something fresh at the subtleties that render you Panerai different from the other. The prominent “8 DAYS” marking preceding six o’clock describes the P.5000 in-house caliber — but before we proceed to this, only one more word (and my only complaint with the PAM561) on legibility.The black numerals along with the black painted hands with their off-white (although not faux classic!) Centre contrast beautifully against the white dial — the lume pips and also the middle of the palms turn noticeably green even if it’s bright out, the superbly excellent Panerai lume is so powerful. Stay indoors for longer, however, and as the lume sparks (and doesn’t get much control from ambient lights), these elements return to being white.Everlastingly good colour contrast aside, however, the only two palms on the PAM561 are just way too short. I noticed that in official pictures but even during the excitement of unpacking a freshly received review unit, they stood out to me too brief — and, frankly, I don’t see why this was necessary. The second hand falls way short of the track it’s by definition supposed to achieve, along with the hour hand occasionally just looks “lost” from the sea of white, coming in way too brief to be even remotely close to the outer edge of the dial (it barely reaches halfway across).Perhaps longer and heavier hands could have put extra strain on the motion, but if anything, an 8-day power reserve movement should have enough torque to move them light and thin hands round. I will go so far as to say I’d have traded a day or two of power book for more hands.With that, onto the movement we go: dubbed the P.5000, it’s but one of Panerai’s logically expanding range of in-house movements and pretty much the most affordable among them.
In 2010 Panerai Watch 40mm 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.