Introducing – Panerai Mare Nostrum 42mm PAM00716, Tribute to the 1993 Icon (and the History of the Mare Nostrum Collection)

By rolex
April 5, 2021
6 min read

Mare Nostrum, “Our Sea” in latin. It’s a term that constantly infers a rare and restrictive model for Panerai authorities. Surely, back in the beginning of the Florentine manufacture, a chronograph was created, one that is so uncommon it has become a legend. In view of this concept and on the couple of bits of documentation accessible from that time, Panerai made a first re-version of this Mare Nostrum chronograph in 1993 (Ref. 5218-301), the year the first assortment of Panerai watches were made for non military personnel use – a watch that has become notable. For 2017, this model returns in a dependable (yet again uncommon) accolade variant, the Panerai Mare Nostrum 42mm PAM00716.

History of the Panerai Mare Nostrum Collection, from 1943 to 2017

The 1943 Prototype – Back in 1943, Officine Panerai made a couple prototypes of a chronograph made for deck officials of the Royal Italian Navy. Be that as it may, these watches never went into creation and stayed a thought just, an idea and they were thought to have been completely annihilated or lost. The watch was an impressive piece of hardened steel estimating 52mm in width, and contained an Angelus Caliber 215 segment wheel chronograph development. The dial was an strange ocean growth green tone and the hands, in metal, were obviously covered with Panerai’s protected “Radiomir” paint to give glow. Panerai itself got one of these models from Christie’s, at the Geneva November 2005 closeout, for CHF 132,000. The watch isn’t just now in plain view at the Panerai Museum however its nearby assessment has brought forth additionally restricted release watches – see below.

The first re-version, the 1993 Pre-Vendome Panerai Mare Nostrum 5218-301 – Long before Panerai obtained the 1943 model, similarly as the brand was being revived in 1993, a re-release of the Mare Nostrum Chronograph was made – not an incredibly loyal one however, as only limited documentation endure the flood in Florence in 1966 and the 1943 model was not at this point in the possession of the manufacture. The Mare Nostrum 5218-301 anyway immediately turned into a symbol, because of a restricted creation of under 500 pieces (said to be 492 pieces). This 42mm steel watch included a blue dial, an engraved bezel with tachymeter scale and an ETA 2801 (manual-wind) development with Dubois-Depraz module.

The Stallone association, the Panerai Mare Nostrum Slytech 5218-304 – The ubiquity of Panerai, a brand predominantly planned to be disseminated on the Italian market from the start, is absolutely due (in part) to Sylvester Stallone, a devoted wearer of these watches. Just after the primary 42mm Mare Nostrum, and before the Richemont takeover, Panerai made a “Slytech” rendition of the Mare Nostrum Chronograph, this time with a level bezel however. “Originally planned to be made in a restricted version of 500 watches, grant expresses that in the end just 50 watches of reference 5218-304 were at any point wrapped up. Indeed, apparently Officine Panerai sold 31 watches of this arrangement and Vendome circulated the leftover 19 examples.” (source: Phillips Auction). The below example here was sold in 2015 and arrived at CHF 45,000.

The Vendome Era, the Panerai Mare Nostrum PAM00006 – 00007 – 00008 – In March 1997, the Vendôme Luxury Group (presently known as Richemont) bought Panerai and made some slight repairs to the Mare Nostrums plan. They re-worked the dial, putting the moment track outwardly of great importance markers rather than within and the bezel received a cleaned inward ring with stripes denoting the concurring rate demonstrated on the glossy silk completed external ring. It was accessible with 3 dial tones; reference PAM00006 with a blue dial, PAM00007 with a white dial and PAM00008 with a dark dial.

The first “faithful” re-version, the 2010 Panerai Mare Nostrum 52mm PAM00300 – 5 years after Panerai procured the 1943 model, the brand dispatched a re-release of the Mare Nostrum – an incredibly devoted one nullifying the incorrectness of the 1993 model. To be sure, it includes a similar enormous 52mm steel case, with level glossy silk finish bezel, and a similar ventured dial. This was an immediately sold-out restricted version of 99 pieces, with a brilliant Minerva/ OP XXV development, obvious through a sapphire precious stone. A collector’s things for sure.

The monster section 2, the lightweight 2015 Panerai Mare Nostrum 52mm PAM00603 – after 5 years, while tuning in to the worries of gatherers who found the PAM00300 excessively substantial (even if it was faithful to the first), Panerai re-made the Mare Nostrum in 52mm however this time in titanium. This PAM603 Titanio was made in 150 models, again highlighting a Minerva-based segment wheel chronograph development (this time hidden behind a plain caseback). A monster, essentially difficult to wear ( see our active here ). Notwithstanding, this one, in spite of the difference in material, may be the most devoted version, with its caramel dial and metal like hands.

The 2017 Panerai Mare Nostrum 42mm PAM00716

This may sound moronic, yet wearability is an essential worry of authorities – stupid?… perhaps not. The new Panerai Mare Nostrum PAM00716 is practically little (by Panerai’s norms) and is a practically indistinguishable reissue of the 1993 release – hence not devoted to the first 1943 model, anyway the 1993 form has become something of a symbol in its own right. Along these lines, we see a return of the 42mm Acciaio case (treated steel), with a similar shape, similar completions (cleaned sides, round brushed level surfaces), similar screws on the carries and, critically, a similar bezel with engraved tachymeter scale, in kilometers, from 280km/h to 55km/h. Crown and pushers are additionally the same.

Once once more, for the dial, discovering qualifications between the 2017 Panerai Mare Nostrum 42mm PAM00716 and its progenitor, the 1993 Pre-Vendome Panerai Mare Nostrum 5218-301, is a “game of detect the difference”. In fact, same dull blue tone for the dial, with grainy surface, same blued hands, with marginally beige paint, same files at 12 and 6, same tracks for the minutes and the hours, same sub-counters, with identical markings lastly, same engravings. Admission to advancement and extravagance: the lash is currently a dark blue gator cowhide band.

The similarity doesn’t stop here. The caseback are additionally nearly identical and this new Panerai Mare Nostrum 42mm PAM00716 even offers precisely the same development as the 1993 model, which means the OP XXXIII type, made and customized by Panerai on the ETA 2801-2 base with a Dubois-Dépraz chronograph module. It is a hand-twisted development with 42h force hold and it is a chronometer affirmed by COSC. Even the container is an accolade for the 1993 model, as this Special Edition additionally comes with a little model of the Luigi Durand De La Penne, the Italian Navy destroyer dispatched in 1993, as in the pre-Vendôme period.

The 2017 Panerai Mare Nostrum 42mm PAM00716 is a restricted release of 1,000 pieces, which retails for EUR 9,900. Accessible at retailers and stores in September or October 2017. More on  www.panerai.com .


Technical Specifications – Panerai Mare Nostrum 42mm PAM00716

  • Case: 42mm distance across – brushed 316L hardened steel – sapphire gem on the dial side, plain caseback – 50m water resistant
  • Movement: OP XXXIII type, restrictive to Panerai, Based on ETA 2801-2 with Dubois-Dépraz module – COSC Certified – hand-wound – 42h force save – 4Hz recurrence – hours, minutes, little seconds, chronograph
  • Strap: dim blue croc tie with steel pin-buckle
  • Reference: PAM00716
  • Availability: September or October 2017
  • Price: EUR 9,900