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Bamboozle your wrist with a “panda dial” timepiece
Pandas are known as the world’s most globally diplomatic animals due to being simultaneously black, white and Asian. The “panda dial” watch holds a similarly broad appeal.
Traditionally, the name refers to a white watch face with black chronograph sub dials. Conversely, a reverse panda dial features a dark face and light sub dials. Beyond the eye-catching looks, the contrast dial offers a practical edge by delivering heightened legibility.
Popular in the 1960s, panda dials are once again in the spotlight following the sale at auction last year of Paul Newman’s 1968 Rolex Daytona. His vintage panda eventually went for a record-breaking $US17.75 million, making it the most expensive wristwatch ever sold. Pandemonium indeed.
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