Real pandas are an uncommon and susceptible species, only recently taken off the endangered list, but so-called “panda dial” watches – loosely referred to as chronographs with dark subdials on the predominantly white main dial – are more ubiquitous than ever before, especially in the wake of the record-breaking auction sale of possibly the world’s most well-known panda-dial watch, the “Paul Newman” Rolex Cosmograph Daytona once possessed by Newman himself (though that timepiece, of course, had other amazing details beyond its color scheme that managed to get special). Here we gather 10 available panda-dial chronograph pieces (and with regard to simplicity, we’re keeping it to the traditional panda as opposed to the also-popular “invert panda,” i.e., dark main dial and white subdials), and something honorable mention.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph – metal – bracelet – panda dial
Audemars Piguet marked the 20th anniversary of its Royal Oak Chronograph in 2017 with the release of several new models, included in this the silver-and-black “panda” version above. The dials recall classic types of Audemars Piguet chronograph pieces from the 1930s to 1960s, with subdial colors that comparison the colour of the primary dials, combined with the hallmark Grand Tapisserie motif on the primary dial. The pieces all contain Audemars Piguet’s automated Caliber 2385, with 37 jewels, a 21,600-vph frequency, and the very least 40-hour power reserve when completely wound. The instances have glareproofed sapphire crystals and screw-locked crowns that help ensure a water-resistance of 50 meters. Just click here for additional information and more models in the 2017 assortment of Royal Oak Chronographs.