A Panda dial is a watch with a white dial and black sub-registers. The original Pandas have the registers arranged in a 3-6-9 position on the dial, creating what looks like two Panda eyes staring at you, with a nose or a mouth.
It became popular in the 60’s and 70’s, when chronographs grew in demand. The high-contrast style was meant to give the dial easier readability, with the sub-dials and index hour markers arranged neatly, and with standout colors.
Beyond its hypnotic, aesthetic appeal, the Panda is sought-after because it’s an uncommon design feature, most commonly found in chronographs from the 1960’s.
Because of this, some of the watches that have the panda dial are now considered iconic and are worth a premium. Let’s take a look at some of them.