Add to all of this research that Mr. Jose Pereztroika of perezcope.com has ran — read here and you will learn that the Mare Nostrum’s case layout actually is much nearer to what Panerai U Boat Watches Replica was performing in the mid-1950s, rather than from the early ’40s. Panerai has a fairly poorly documented background and the Mare Nostrum is a fitting example — there is one actual detailed picture from the ’50s, the one that you see farther above, and that’s about it. Still, the Mare Nostrum has existed and it is for everyone to decide how much weight they give to the fact of whether Italian navy commanders were rocking it throughout World War II.Worry not, even however, if you believed this new release was going to be massive as from some 74 decades back, or its 52mm tribute-pieces out of 2010 and 2015. This isn’t a new-found thing either. On one note, “pre-V” is likely used so much since Panerai, auctioneers and fans of the brand likely much prefer calling it the vague “pre-Vendome” rather than “pre-Richemont” that only mortal watch enthusiasts could understand.Back on subject: back into the mid-90s, Panerai introduced the mention 5218-301/A, a 42mm-wide piece that is remarkably close in its own appearance to this brand new Panerai Mare Nostrum PAM716. It was also followed by 2 Slytech bits, in harmony with Panerai’s love reaching its climax with actor Sylvester Stallone — who, in truth, has achieved a whole lot by helping expose the then-largely-unknown brand, and who remains a lover of Panerai for this day.
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.