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Photo Essay: The Rare Panerai Mare Nostrum

Here’s something you don’t see each day! I was as of late fortunate enough to have some focal point time with this uncommon excellence: a pre-Vendome Officine Panerai Mare Nostrum chronograph. Just 500 were made. I had the chance to buy one for not that much cash in the mid 00s; like every other person in that position, I’m currently kicking myself. It’s a basic, utilitarian watch with brand name Panerai decipherability, yet some fascinating turns like that abnormal crown, which does not have the locking monitor, but on the other hand is fairly inquisitively molded. (It twists well, however). The watch is fueled by a manual breeze ETA 2801-2 with a Dubois-Depraz 3217 chronograph module; these were (are still) infamous for being very touchy and finicky. Indeed, this specific watch as of late got back from a help to correct definitely that chronograph problem.

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For the inquisitive, the check that shows up in the foundation is a 1950’s GUB deck chronometer.

As you can see, those screws can at times demonstrate tricky…