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THIS WATCH IS FOR SALE: http://www.thewatchbox.com/watches/panerai Officine Panerai rarely does color, but the Italian-inspired luxury watchmaker raises eyebrows with an occasional exception; enter the Panerai Luminor Marina PAM 70. The combination of a brushed 40mm steel case, stunning grained metallic blue dial, and black alligator leather strap sets this Panerai Luminor apart from the crescent-crown crowd from Firenze. Everything about the Panerai Luminor Marina PAM 70 reflects a nuanced execution of the traditional "Betterini" case Luminor. Whereas that watch typically sports a 44mm case, the PAM 70 tackles the opposition from Rolex head-on with a compact 40mm case in discreet brushed stainless steel. The elegant understatement of that combination is compounded by Panerai's choice of a rich black alligator leather strap and a deluxe twin-trigger double deployant strap. Panerai's de rigueur fitment is a calf or rubber strap with a pin buckle, so even the accessories of the PAM 70 are a cut above standard-issue. And speaking of "standard issue," the modern Officine Panerai has found a triumphant balance between its combat-driven origins and its latter-day identity as a luxury standard. The classical "no-nonsense" legibility of the old Italian Navy tactical watches lives in this PAM 70, but the color palette keeps apace with modern Italian high-style. Simply put, the vertically brushed metallic blue dial of this Luminor Marina PAM 70 is the star of the show. It pops, intrigues, and satisfies with the look, spirit, and panache of an Italian super car. The exact hue of the blue is a challenge to capture in words or pixels, but its spectrum slot is best described as half-way between slate grey and cobalt. Be certain to investigate the studio images of this PAM 70 on watchwant.com for the best virtual account of its true impact. Beneath the brilliance of the blue dial, Panerai fits its classic Caliber OPIII automatic movement. The Valjoux-based OPIII is a tough and precise machine that can deliver the rugged resilience promised by the chunky Panerai case and crown guard. Given its heart of iron, the Panerai PAM 70 may surprise with its precision; each PAM 70's OPIII has been tested and certified as a Swiss Chronometer under the authority of the COSC. A 42-hour power reserve, jump-date, and hacking (stop) seconds round out the roster of refinements of the OPIII. See this superb Panerai Luminor Marina PAM 70 in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso