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http://www.thewatchbox.com In 2000, the Panerai Luminor Submersible went Black with the PAM 64; in 2001 "La Bomba" debuted its blue streak with the Luminor Submersible 1000M PAM 87. All of the chunky charm of the original "Bomba" returned with a new number and a to-die-for cobalt blue dial. Granted, owners of the original 500-unit PAM 64s weren't thrilled to see the newcomer, but the fierce back-and-forth between PAM 64 and PAM 87 partisans has become a Paneristi fan forum obsession since 2001. Both watches are hugely charismatic, but for fans of blue dial super subs, the PAM 87 is the hot ticket. And this PAM 87 from thewatchbox.com features the highly-desirable D/E series dials and bezel. Such was the uproar from PAM 64 owners that Panerai modified the PAM 87 after only two model years to appease the original "Bomba" fans. As a result, the first two years of PAM 87 production offer something like the best of both worlds; collectors get the essential proportions and details of the PAM 64 with the ravishing blue dial and matching tone (not contrasting as in the 64) small seconds sundial of the PAM 87. Beyond model specifics, the PAM 87 features the best technical refinements of the original Luminor Submersible 1000M. The helium release valve, 5+mm sapphire crystal, vault-like case, and unidirectional rotating bezel are present and correct. A gorgeous tritium patina has formed on the massive dial features of this PAM 87. While standard Panerai models abandoned tritium lume in 1998, the Submersibles continued to employ it until the mid 2000s, and thank heavens for that. This PAM 87 combines its awesome blue visage with one of the best tritium patinas we've ever seen. Taken together, the effect is stunning and certain to move even the most stubborn PAM 64 loyalists. See this outstanding Panerai Luminor Submersible 1000M PAM 87 in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com. If blue is for you, classic Panerai doesn't get any better than this PAM 87. Video and content by Tim Mosso.