Introducing: the Panerai Mare Nostrum Acciaio – 42mm

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Something very special is coming from the house of Panerai, and no it’s not a Radiomir nor Luminor :) . In searching for inspiration for its latest timepiece, the Swiss manufacturer decided to take a trip down the memory lane and revisit some of its lesser known and almost forgotten historic watches. The new Mare Nostrum Acciaio – 42mm represents an homage to the iconic Mare Nostrum – Panerai’s very first chronograph! The new Panerai Mare Nostrum Acciaio – 42mm is issued in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. Priced at €9,900 (approximately $11,000), the latest watch is available at the brand’s boutiques and authorized Panerai dealers.

The Mare Nostrum (the Roman name for the Mediterranean Sea) is a watch with an interesting and somewhat mysterious backstory. According to some historians, the first prototypes appeared in the early 1940’s and were designed for deck officers of the Royal Italian Navy, but they never went into production. A couple of years ago, Panerai discovered and acquired one of these early watches. Thanks to this, the company was able to accurately reconstruct the design and functions of this unique timepiece. Before then, the Mare Nostrum had been known only through some small documentation that managed to survive the 1966 flood of the river Arno in Florence. On the basis of these documents, Panerai created the first Mare Nostrum re-edition (ref. 5218-301/A) in 1993. Unlike first Mare Nostrum watches, which were 52 mm in diameter, the ref. 5218-301/A featured a more modern design at 42 mm. The year 1993 is of great significance for Panerai, as that is the year when the manufacturer started making watches for civilian use. The 1993 also marked the beginning of the era known to enthusiasts as pre-Vendôme (1993-1997).

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An original Panerai Mare Nostrum


The Panerai Mare Nostrum Acciaio – 42mm is directly inspired by the 1993 ref. 5218-301/A. The latest Panerai watch has a 42mm-wide brushed stainless steel case. Water resistant to 50 meters, it features a solid steel caseback engraved with the “OFFICINE PANERAI FIRENZE” and Panerai logo. The case also features a brushed stainless steel bezel engraved with the tachymeter scale in km/h. Beneath the sapphire crystal is a beautiful deep blue dial with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Thanks to the beige Super-LumiNova®, the dial is perfectly readable even in dark. Besides hours and minutes, the dial also features small seconds at 3, the 30-minute chronograph counter at 9, and central chronograph seconds hand.

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The 2017 model is much more modestly sized than the original watches


Powering the latest Panerai Mare Nostrum Acciaio – 42mm is the caliber OP XXXIII with 17 jewels. Tested and certificated by C.O.S.C, this movement is created and personalized by Panerai on the ETA 2801-2 base with a Dubois-Dépraz chronograph module. The hand-wound movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of 42 hours. The Panerai Mare Nostrum Acciaio – 42mm comes with a stylish dark blue alligator leather strap. Decorated with blue stitching, the strap goes perfectly with the dark blue dial.

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On the back we have the iconic Panerai logo



1 Comment

  1. john says:

    Wish I grabbed a Panerai when they just started resurrecting the brand and it cost less then half of what they cost now.

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