Panerai Mare Nostrum came as a little surprise from Officine Panerai, half a century after it was designed in a Florence factory, as an officer’s deck watch.
Due to events in the Second World War, Mare Nostrum has never been produced for Italian Navy. However, this remarkable chronograph was proudly presented in 1993, as an sporty model from the limited edition, aimed at the civilian market, along with Luminor, and Luminor Marina.
Throughout 2010 unique edition of 99 timepieces, Officine Panerai offered, once again, a boldly designed Panerai Mare Nostrum, with chronograph function and a tachymeter.
Watch is powered by exclusive self-winding mechanical movement, which contains 22 jewels, and oscillates at frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour, providing great power-reserve of 55 hours.
This very rare Panerai OP XXVIII Caliber is based on the vintage Minerva movements, produced in the 1940s, and thanks to the Incabloc® anti-shock device, is resistant to mechanical shocks.
Each Minerva movement has been carefully cleaned, re-oiled and adjusted to power Panerai Mare Nostrum.
Dynamism and masculinity
Watch has a slightly oversized 52mm case, made of stainless steel, which includes a personalized Mare Nostrum winding crown, and chronograph push pieces.
Highly legible black multi-leveled dial, with Arabic numeral and hour markers and luminous blued steel hands is fitted with a corundum sapphire crystal of 1.6 mm.
Robust look of Mare Nostrum and Panerai’s “extreme situations watch” reputation, this time could deceive. Definitely, with 30-meter water resistance, this isn’t diving watch.
On the other hand, its style, dynamism and masculinity make it amazing and desirable among the collectors. One of them is a Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone, a great admirer of Panerai’s watches, who had requested a personalized re-edition of the Mare Nostrum, with its signature engraved on the back.