5 things you may not know about the Officine Panerai Mare Nostrum chronograph

5 things you may not know about the Officine Panerai Mare Nostrum chronograph

Hey, captain

Text: Clara Tan

Officine Panerai's iconic timepiece gets a rebirth and is now available again as a new special edition

Panerai made our watch dreams come true when they reproduced the Mare Nostrum chronograph — one of the rarest models ever by the Italian house in 1993. Except that this new version comes with a snazzy 21st century look, bearing a steel case 42mm in diametre with an updated blue dial. Before you adorn this handsome piece on your wrist, here are five interesting facts about it that you might not have known:

1. One for the history books
Panerai produces thousands of watches, but the Mare Nostrum was the first chronograph ever to be created by the brand. That's what you call a moment to remember.

2. Early days
You'd think since the Mare Nostrum was released in 1993, the idea of such a design concept would have been born around then. However, first prototypes appeared way back in 1943 and were intended for desk officers of the Royal Italian Navy, but never went into production.

3. Vintage baby
The new model's 42mm diametre is inspired by a specific model in mind: The Panerai 5218-301/A, representative of the Pre-Vendôme period.


4. Colour me blue
Its gorgeous blue dial is influenced by the original 5218-301/A reference produced in 1993.

5. As practical as can be
So how does the Mare Nostrum work? Well, it's controlled by two classic push buttons —made of polish steel— and readings are indicated by the central seconds hand. A subsidiary minute counter dial at three o'clock also contributes to this job.


The Mare Rostrum is available at Officine Panerai boutiques islandwide.