Speaking of panda dials, are you familiar with them? For example, Rolex’s Daytona Paul Newman panda dial watch is a very typical panda dial design. But the panda plate has nothing to do with our cute giant panda. It does not draw inspiration from the giant panda but the chronograph watch style in the 1960s and 1970s. Nowadays, the design of panda plates is trendy. Many watch lovers have bought watches with panda plate designs. How was it born, and why has it become so “popular”?
What is a panda disk?
The most orthodox panda dial is a white main dial and a black secondary dial. The secondary dials are distributed at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock on the dial. Viewed from the front, the layout of the dial looks like the face of a giant panda, or The white main dial is paired with two black secondary dials. This design is also very classic.
There is also a reverse panda disk that is common in panda disks. As you can tell from the name, this panda disk is precisely the opposite of the above situation. It has a black central disk with a white secondary disk. Because this disk is very popular, it is also classified as a reverse panda disk. It is a panda plate.
There is also a panda dial with a unique design. It would help if you looked at it sideways. The sub-function dials are arranged at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock. This type of panda dial is also classified as a type of panda dial.
In 1959, Daytona International Speedway was built.
Looking back, the panda dial comes from the 1960s and 1970s, when racing was at a very feverish stage, leading to the popularity of chronograph watches. The dial looks clearer through solid color contrast to ensure that racing players can better read the time during the race. Therefore, in the 1960s and 1970s, many chronograph watches adopted the design of panda dials. At the same time, people’s love for racing has also promoted the development of automatic chronograph watches. If manual winding is used during racing, the wearer must wind it frequently, which is inconvenient for racing athletes. The enormous demand in the market has prompted manufacturers to develop automatic chronographs.
TAG Heuer Autavia chronograph watch is equipped with Cal.11 movement
In 1969, the first automatic chronograph watch, called “Chrono-Matic,” was jointly developed by Breitling, Tag Heuer, Hamilton, and core manufacturer Dubois Depraz. This watch has Cal.11 movement and uses an eccentric micro-rotating rotor to achieve automatic winding. Tag Heuer replica watches.
Those classic panda dial watches
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
The Rolex Daytona is very famous, and it must be a watch that many people have always wanted to buy. The Rolex Daytona was born in the 1960s. It was a watch born for racing in this era full of racing passion. The first batch of Daytona 6329 eyes at that time used an integrated Oyster case. Unlike other chronograph watches, Daytona moved the tachymeter from the dial to the bezel, which made it easier for racing players to calculate the average value instantly. Lap speed, so many people like it. The Rolex Daytona is a classic. It has been popular for many years, and its popularity remains high. Rolex replica watches.
On the left is actor Paul Newman, on the right is Paul Newman6236
The Paul Daytona is a legendary watch in the history of Rolex watchmaking. In the early 1970s, actor Paul Newman liked Daytona very much. He could be seen wearing this watch on many occasions, and he also appeared on the cover of Italian magazines wearing this watch. This made the Rolex Daytona a favorite. Tongna’s popularity has reached a new level, especially in the US and UK markets. What’s even crazier is probably the Italian market. The market price of Daytona is much higher than the public price, making it a favorite among collectors.
Today, Paul Newman has become a hot favorite at auctions. This Ref. 6239 “Paul Newman” Daytona watch sold for 15.5 million yuan (plus buyer’s premium, a total of 17,752,500 US dollars, equivalent to 120 million yuan). ) price (poverty limits my imagination).
After continuous evolution and upgrading over the years, Rolex Daytona has added versions of different materials, and the bezel, movement, etc., have been adjusted accordingly. Still, you will find that the classic shape is always irreplaceable. For example, the Daytona 116500 is a watch launched by Rolex in 2016. The black and white dial looks like the Paul Newman Daytona. Its appearance is beyond words. The second is the ceramic bezel. Daytona 116500 is Rolex’s first watch. I tried a ceramic bezel for the first time.
In comparison, the ceramic bezel is more scratch-resistant and wear-resistant. Finally, regarding travel time accuracy, Daytona 116500 has also improved significantly. The travel time error is controlled at +2/-2 seconds per day.
However, as we all know, it isn’t easy to get a Rolex Daytona.
Zenith El Primero
Zenith El Primero 3019 movement, 1969
Zenith’s most outstanding achievement in the 1960s should be launching the world’s first self-winding chronograph movement, El Primero. Before the Rolex Daytona used a self-made movement, it was equipped with Zenith’s chronograph movement. , in addition to Rolex, Hublot, Panerai, etc., have also used this movement. Although the Cal. 11 movement and Zenith’s El Primero movement appeared at the same time, the movement structures of the two are entirely different. The great thing about the ElPrimero movement is that it is an integrated automatic winding movement, achieving a high frequency of 36,000 times/hour (5 Hz). Looking at it today, the technology of this movement is still equal to Other chronograph movements.
Zenith’s chronograph watches are very colorful.
Zenith’s 2020 new products adopt the classic panda disc design.
Zenith’s Panda dial watch is more recognizable. Compared with other eyes, the three function dials on the dial are more “compact.” The tachymeter does not follow other brands and is placed on the bezel but continues to be Set on the dial, not to mention the movement; it still maintains a high level. The classic high frequency and column wheel timing are essential features of the action. Various advantages show the strength of Zenith. Zenith’s Panda dial wristwatch Doesn’t it mean it doesn’t “smell”?
TAG Heuer Autavia
There is a saying that the TAG Heuer Autavia watch is also one of the examples of the classic panda dial.
In 1962, TAG Heuer launched the Autavia chronograph.
In 1962, the Autavia, the first watch Jack Heuer built for the company before he was 30, was designed for racing drivers. You can see that the TAG Heuer Autavia was a very classic panda dial at this time. Design.
Autavia1163MH (1969 first edition)
1969 TAG Heuer built the watch Autavia 1163MH with Cal. 11 movements. It used a black dial and two white function dials. “Chronomatic” was set above the “Heuer” shield at noon. , which has also become one of the characteristics of the historical model in 1969. The word “Autavia” is set at 6 o’clock. Because the production time of this watch is very short and the quantity is limited, according to the current antique market, the value of this watch is about US$20,000, or even higher.
TAG Heuer Autavia has launched a replica watch based on the look of the 1960s. The combination of black bezel, black dial, and white function dial is the reverse panda dial design we mentioned above. Many elements of historical watches can be seen on this watch, such as the beige luminous coating on the hour markers, grooved eyes, and large-head buttons. Compared with historical regards, this watch has a larger diameter. The size reaches 42mm, and the movement performance and waterproof depth are even more powerful. While retaining the retro elements, it also incorporates modern aesthetics and technology. Coupled with the moderate price, it is a panda dial watch worth buying.
In general, the panda plate design has a long history. It was famous worldwide in the 1960s and 1970s when they were full of racing passion. Its charm continues to this day without diminishing at all. It not only represents the enthusiasm of the past years, It also leads today’s trend. This is the charm of classics.
Case Size: 40mm
Engine: Rolex Calibre 7750/Mingzhu Engine
Dial Color: White Dial
Band Length: 18cm