Watches & Pencils #16 – Panda Dials

Watches & Pencils #16 – Panda Dials

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Bamboo Loving Dials

Today we examine a theme which was on my Watches & Pencils basin list for a long while. In any case, to forestall an over-burden on creature related epithets I chose to spread this sort of scenes a piece. You could even say that Watches & Pencils has its own creature classification (for example the main scene, Wild Bullhead )… Instead of auditing some striking pandas (there are some phenomenal articles out on the interwebs) I couldn’t imagine anything better than to discuss it on a more dissected and dynamic way.

I’m almost certain that pretty much every WIS understands what a panda dial is, however we should rapidly take a gander at my own definition…

Definition of a Panda Dial

A watch with a light shaded dial and sub-components in dim tones on it. The most common ‘panda’ arrangement is a chronograph with a white dial and three dark sub-dials. Yet, there is likewise a renowned variety, called ‘invert’ panda. A watch can be known as an opposite panda when the base-shade of the dial is dark and the sub-dials are white. In this manner, precisely the inverse from a ‘standard’ panda dial. Albeit a panda is white and dark the term is being utilized freely nowadays. Arrangements with dim blue and cream hued dials are here and there additionally being called ‘Panda’. That is the reason I referenced (variable) light and dull tones rather than white and dark prior on. I even experienced some new terms for shading and spread out varieties. For instance, ‘semi-panda’ for chronographs with differentiating subdials at 6, 9 and 12 like the Tudor Big Block.

A panda Speedy (reference number 3569.31)

Iconic Sixties and Seventies

Like numerous developments and plan explanations in the realm of watches, the panda idea additionally begins from the sixties and seventies. Over time the principal pandas were conceived and not without progress. Numerous years after the fact those watches actually are mainstream and extremely pursued. There are numerous models. To name some big cheeses: Heuer Carrera (reference 2447SN), Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman” (reference 6263) and the Universal Geneve Compax “Nina Rindt” (reference 885103-02).

Universal Geneve ‘Nina Rindt’. A genuine incredible panda!

Every cost range

Of course the popular brands and their pandas are very expensive, however there are even more spending agreeable alternatives. Since it is a tasteful matter, you can discover panda dials in each value reach and watch marks actually have it in their plan utility belt for upcoming watches. For what reason is that and what draws in us to these adorable animals?

Tudor Big Block: an opposite semi-panda

Pure contrast

Black and white is the most flawless difference conceivable. Before the 1960’s the greater part of the watches had a dark dial with white numerals or a white dial with dark numerals. Regardless of whether it was a plain hour-minute-seconds arrangement or a triple schedule with a moonphase. For what reason did someone present the panda? What did persuade him/her? I’ve thought about this for some time and concocted a theory.

Island Theory

At that time chronographs were exceptionally well known and some of the time it was very hard to peruse the time initially with every one of those registers in a similar foundation tone. Sometimes, there was clearly a need to make more clear and more isolated areas. I think this need, plan analyses and tests prompted what we currently perceive as a panda dial. Allow me to attempt to clarify my hypothesis which I like to call the ‘island hypothesis’. By characterizing strong filled sub-zones with a definitive differentiation shading you make (more) autonomous ‘islands’ which are encircled by a ‘ocean’ (dial) in a difference tone. These islands will stand out for you and your eyes will discover each part at look in light of the fact that the limits are so all around characterized by the black|white contrast. Other than this advanced neatness it likewise looks extremely adjusted and in light of the fact that the arrangement is so unmistakable the panda has locate his own spot inside the ‘forest’ of dial designs.

Please take a gander at the delineation beneath and attempt to glance through your eyelashes:

Credits delineation: Teun van Heerebeek

Do you concur that the subdials on the (opposite) Panda arrangement, the ones with ‘islands’, get more attention?

White on Black or Black on White

As I referenced prior, other than the most common arrangement, you additionally have the converse one. Yet, which one is the most ideal? All in all: what arrangement conveys the best differentiation to understand time? More often than not we center around the actual watch, yet to respond to this inquiry I think we likewise need to take a gander at the natural tones and light conditions. I could attempt to clarify it in words, yet once more, kindly glance at the accompanying illustration:

Credits outline: Teun van Heerebeek

You see? Possibly the opposite panda is significantly more readable in many conditions. The shading dark stays the equivalent in practically any condition, while white ‘absorbs the ecological tones more all in all. As you can see above I’m discussing non radiant or vintage watches. Else, it would be an alternate story.


Since I love epithets I embrace the ‘Panda’. They are a visual exhibition and are truly neat by and large. The moniker encourages the watch to become a religion object, which frequently additionally makes an interpretation of emphatically into the cost. In spite of the fact that there are some broad acknowledged necessities for a watch to be defined as panda, the edge-cases are more troublesome and make the scene of pandas somewhat foggy as long as we call them pandas. In any case, isn’t this conversation along with adaptable limits what we love about our passion?

Last question:

Yema Rallye Chronograph: panda or not?

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