We can see California dials on many Panerai watches today, so do you know what a California dial is? What is natural history? Why do you say this is a labor of love?
Half of the Roman and half of the Arabic numerals are on the dial; the noon position is a distinct inverted triangle; 3, 6, and 9 o’clock are displayed with thick horizontal lines. Four different methods are used in this way, plus the orbital minute scale ring. The time display is the so-called California Dial (California Dial)
As early as 1934, Rolex began manufacturing watches with a California disc, Ref. 3595 bubbles back. It didn’t become popular then and didn’t apply for a patent.
Rolex California dial patent
In 1941, Rolex applied for a specific California dial design patent granted on July 15, 1942 (Brevet #221643). The patent document is, of course, in French, and the patent states that the hour markers consist of Roman numerals and Arabic numerals. The appendix includes four examples of California dials. Discount fake watches.
According to José Perestroi, Rolex supplied Panerai with California dials manufactured by Stern Frères. It is because Panerai and Rolex, including the Italian military, have discovered the benefits of the California dial: good reading time and large luminous area. (The time when Rolex customized California noodles for Panerai is controversial. Some think it was made in 1936, and others believe it was created in 1944.) California noodles It is also one of the symbols of the honeymoon between Rolex and Panerai. Luxury replica watches.
Rolex used this design very popular in the 1940s. This design is handy. Carefree!
Did you discover that no one in Rolex or Panerai called this dial a California one? Where did the name of this California dial come from?
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Regarding the origin of the name California Dial, its name comes from a dial restoration company established in California, USA, in 1926. This company specializes in refurbishing and repairing dials, and they are especially good at fixing dials with various fonts. From the 1970s to 1980, Kirk Rich restored many strange dials with half Roman and Arabic numerals for Rolex. Since these kinds of refurbished dials were all produced by KR, this kind of dial edge was called by everyone later—California dial.
So since there is a California dial, there is also a half-California dial. The half-California dial has fewer Roman numerals than the California dial, and everything else is available. This kind of dial is called a half-California dial.
Band Color: Silver-tone
Engine: Rolex Calibre 2836/2813
Dial Color: White Dial
Band Width: 20mm