Add to all of this research that Mr. Jose Pereztroika of all perezcope.com has conducted — see here — and you’ll learn the Mare Nostrum’s case design actually is much closer to what Panerai Watches 2014 Replica was performing at the mid-1950s, rather than from the early ’40s. Panerai includes a fairly poorly recorded history and the Mare Nostrum is a fitting example — there is literally one actual detailed picture from the ’50s, the one that you see further above, and that is about it. However, the Mare Nostrum has definitely existed and it’s for everyone to determine how much weight they give into the simple fact of whether Italian navy commanders were rocking it during World War II.Worry not, even however, if you believed this brand new release was going to be enormous as that from a 74 years ago, or its 52mm tribute-pieces out of 2010 and 2015. The Panerai Mare Nostrum Chronograph PAM716 measures only 42mm wide. This isn’t a new-found thing either. There were several limited editions produced in Panerai’s pre-Vendome era. This, incidentally, essentially means pre-Richemont (only the names have changed, but nothing else). On a side note, “pre-V” is likely used so much because Panerai, auctioneers and fans of this newest likely much prefer calling it the obscure “pre-Vendome” rather than “pre-Richemont” that mere mortal watch enthusiasts could understand.Back on topic: back into the mid-90s, Panerai introduced the reference 5218-301/A, a 42mm-wide bit that’s remarkably close in its look to this brand new Panerai Mare Nostrum PAM716. It was also followed by 2 Slytech pieces, in harmony with Panerai’s romance reaching its climax with celebrity Sylvester Stallone — that, in fact, has done a whole lot by helping expose the then-largely-unknown brand, and who remains a lover of Panerai to this day.
At the end of the year that was the best ever, with traffic stats up by over 60% across all metrics, here’s a look at our ten top stories of 2014.
In terms of readership stories on Rolex and Seiko trump all the others, which is unsurprising since both are probably the most searched watch brands online. Other notable stories are our editorials on the end of the road for rising watch prices (ranked 6th and 8th), and the compilation of opinions from key figures in high horology on the Apple Watch. Here are the ten most popular articles of the last year. 10. Hands-On With The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 Reissue Jaeger-LeCoultre recreated the Geophysic chronometer as a limited edition, enlarging the case but sticking closely to the look of the original, while making it available at an accessible price – a good recipe for success.
9. Hands-On With The Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Ref. 5990/1A We went up close with the Nautilus Travel Time, Patek Philippe’s latest sports chronograph that offers substantially more than the watch it replaces, for just a little bit more money, though the Nautilus is tremendously pricey to start with.
8. Introducing the Longines Heritage 1935, a Remake of its Iconic Czech Air Force Watch Longines reissued its distinctive, cushion-shaped aviator’s watch made for the Czech Air Force in the thirties and we compared the remake with the original.
7. Up Close With The Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Ref. 116600 The Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 made its comeback at Baselworld 2014, very much the same but significantly improved, especially with the bracelet and clasp. With our comparison of the new and old Sea-Dwellers at number two on the list, the Sea-Dweller is a crowd favourite.
6. EDITORIAL: Are watches too expensive? (Part 2) Obviously the answer is yes, and the slowdown in business has proved our thesis. Part 1 of this editorial is number six on this list.
5. Explaining The Panerai P.9000 Automatic Movement – We Take It Apart And Put It All Back Together We took apart the Panerai P.9000 movement and put it all back together, revealing the details of the calibre and how it works.
4. EDITORIAL: Are watches too expensive? (Part 1) Evidently a lot of people agreed.
3. What The Watch Industry Thinks Of The Apple Watch Despite being non-existent, the Apple Watch was probably the hottest timepiece of 2014. We solicited opinions from movers and shakers in watchmaking, ranging from Max Busser of MB&F to Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid, about their thoughts on the Apple Watch.
2. COMPARISON: Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Refs. 16600 vs. 116600 We put together the old and new Sea-Dweller 4000.
1. Introducing The Seiko Credor Eichi II – The Finest Three-Hand Watch Made In Japan, And Possibly The World But the less affordable ones seem to be even more so. We broke the news of the US$50,000 Seiko Credor Eichi II in August and it quickly became a hot topic. With only 20 made each year, it is no wonder that there is a waiting list for this watch.
Thanks for reading. See you in 2015!