Watches & Pencils #8 – Sandwich Dial In-depth

Today I might want to talk about a 'delectable' theme: the sandwich dial. In the wake of getting a handle on a few (noteworthy) realities I will talk about some new models from different brands.

History and Facts

Luminosity to the max

Between 1930 and 1940 the primary "sandwich" dials were presented. Despite the fact that there are a few models with a sort of  'sandwich' development from that time ...

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Today I might want to talk about a ‘delectable’ theme: the sandwich dial. In the wake of getting a handle on a few (noteworthy) realities I will talk about some new models from different brands.

History and Facts

Luminosity to the max

Between 1930 and 1940 the primary “sandwich” dials were presented. Despite the fact that there are a few models with a sort of  ‘sandwich’ development from that time (for example the Longines 13ZN Chronograph or IWC cal. 83), the term and development was for the most part presented by Officine Panerai and introduced by one of their base Radiomir models. Around 1938, Panerai Patek Philippe Reviews were still solely created for the Royal Italian Navy thus they must be exceptionally practical and strong. One solicitation from the naval force was to make the Patek Philippe Reviews even glowing. The sandwich dial was Panerai’s answer to that demand. Rather than the notable two-layered sandwich dial the first examples were at first made out of three layers. On those dials the upper and base dial were connected by a straightforward Perspex plate to secure the brilliant material (Radium paint around then). Albeit this was the primary sandwich dial, how about we examine the two-layered version.

Functional design

Despite being all the more a plan proclamation nowadays, in those days sandwich dials were absolutely useful and pushed the brilliance to a next level. By making a dial out of two layers/circles on top of one another the base dial could store more glowing material then previously. The splendor improved fundamentally. Likewise, the exceptionally readable typography on Panerai dials begins from functionial plan. The Arabic numerals at the four cardinal focuses were another solicitation from the Italian Navy. Notice the ordinary not completely shut ‘6’ or ‘9’ numerals. Once more, simply useful: forestalling to break the stenciled numerals on the top dial. Number ‘9’ for instance. It would not have any diagrams if the circle was completely closed.

Cartoonish intermezzo

Construction of a sandwich dial and other variations

The base dial or plate contains the recessed numerals and records, the “lume-gutter”. Then, the top dial is put totally on top of it and have the marginally more modest punctured numerals and files, so you can see the lume-filled base dial. In the 90’s time of Panerai (generally pre-Vendome period) dials weren’t made out of two layers any longer and are frequently erroneously likewise being called sandwich dials. Those dials were made out of just one plate and consequently no sandwich dial. In the event that we focus in on those dials we discover models where the dial ‘chambers’ are completely rounded up or even jump out a bit. Sometimes the lume was applied on a printed list on the dial fairly then in a recessed cavity. Those dials are additionally called ‘hotdog’ dials and can get all the more light then the more seasoned sandwich dials. Along these lines  they are considered to be all the more splendid. Once more, from a useful viewpoint, ‘hotdog’ dials are more decipherable at that point sandwich dials since the brilliant numerals will not ‘vanish’ in the cavities at more outrageous points. To picture this, see a portion of the varieties without anyone else (improved on side-views):

In variety 2 the edges of the glowing material are adjusted. Regularly it would seem that a half circle from a greater distance. Along with the stout, open and swirly numerals/files on PAM-dials this is the motivation behind why it is nicknamed ‘frankfurter dial’ by Paneristi. Likewise, notice the third variety. This one likewise makes the pleasant profundity impact as the sandwich dial does, however comprises out of a solitary dial/circle with processed out territories rather than two dials and is accordingly not a sandwich dial. Omega utilized this method in the as of late delivered Seamaster 300 models, for instance the Omega Seamaster 300 Specter which is as of late checked on by us (particularly focus on the indicator at 1 o’clock):

 

Matt dial of the Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre

Recent instances of sandwich dials

Sandwiches… Still yummy!

Although we regularly needn’t bother with that much brilliant material any longer, the sandwich dial has evoluated to a notorious plan component on Patek Philippe Reviews dials and is totally immortal. It is one of the center components on a dial/watch architects utility belt and I suppose that is one reason why numerous of all shapes and sizes watchbrands make sandwiches nowadays and let us taste these pleasant bits of art.

Let’s examine some new models. Off kilter one by the ‘fabulous father’:

This jumbo model (47mm) of a ‘advanced’ Panerai with sandwich dial remains genuine the Panerai standards: basic, spotless, destinctive, huge and solid bodied. Likewise, the domed Plexi glass creates a decent impact along with the sandwich dial. FratelloWatches investigated this PAM00557 before.

Besides this conspicuous one different brands additionally love the sandwich development. For instance, Oak & Oscar made a decent showing on the ‘ model. I particularly like the execution of the ‘7’. It’s not seen frequently with the additional hyphen and gives the sandwich dial an extremely trademark look. Additionally note the inward stenciled circle on the dial. This component creates a decent profundity and adds another ‘natural’ 12 0’clock marker:

Seiko likewise includes a sandwich dial on the recent Map Meter-model (for example SKZ229K1). This unique device model offers lot’s of geographic capacities like a mile marker and pivoting compass bezel  for model. Albeit the sandwich-procedure is very old, this dial looks very present day during the ‘digital’ stenciled sans-serif numerals at the nord and south position:

Enough said… Enjoy your sandwich!