A Week on the Wrist – EMG DL63 Panda Chronograph

EMG DL63 Panda Chronograph

The Good PointsOur preview of this watch is one of our most popular articles, and we at WRUK could not wait to get our hands on it. I won’t keep you in suspense: EMG watches have knocked it out of the park with this one! Let’s take a closer look at the EMG Dl63 Panda Chronograph in person.

A Week on the Wrist – EMG DL63 Panda Chronograph

We’ve covered the basics in our preview feature. For the uninitiated, the watch is a reimagining of the HKED version of the Seagull 1963 Chinese Air Force Chronograph. It is a hand-winding chronograph with a 42mm case, mineral crystal and an original modern dial design.

I wore it for a week to see how it holds up as a daily wearer and was much happier than I expected. As well as being a real looker it is a practical size and the mineral crystal reduces the feeling of bulkiness compared to the Seagull watch. I’d not seen the case back before, and the movement looks absolutely stunning as it ticks away. It looks almost as good from the back as from the front!

EMG DL63 Panda Chronograph

The Verdict

Overall, I loved the watch. If it was available with a bracelet I would definitely want to add it to my collection. Quality-wise there is very little between this and mid to high-end chronographs from brands like Omega. It really is that well built.

The Good Points

  • Great design, catches the eye and gets lots of comments
  • The strap is superb quality – much softer than I expected and very comfortable
  • The size is just right. It fits under a sleeve but still looks good when dressed down

The Not So Good Points

There is nothing major wrong with the watch, but I found a few niggles:

  • Legibility is tricky due to the black hands and black sub-dials. I found myself wishing the white lume strips on the hands were a little thicker.
  • I really miss a date function. It’s not an option with this movement but my job requires me to write the date often, so I look at it several times a day.
  • The chrono pushers feel a bit “spongy” so it does no always register a click when you start and stop the stopwatch. This is not unique to the EMG, it happens with all watches sharing the basic movement

EMG DL63 Panda Chronograph

Differences in the Production Version

This watch was a preproduction sample we were loaned by EMG for review purposes, The final watch has some changes:

The inner tachymeter bezel will be tidied up (the sample has a rough finish on inner edge)
The tip of main chrono hand will be painted orange
The caseback will be engraved
The strap will be replaced with better positioned rally holes
EMG DL63 Panda Chronograph
The final watch will have a redesigned strap

How to buy the EMG DL63 Panda Chronograph

Numbers are limited but EMG are hoping to do a second run following the success of the watch. Drop them a line on their website for more information.

Author: Mike Richmond

Usually found skulking around eBay or the International Watch League forum, Mike writes for a living and spends what little money he makes building up his collection of timepieces.

5 Replies to “A Week on the Wrist – EMG DL63 Panda Chronograph

  1. I am anxiously awaiting my example of this watch!! I have been so impressed with the company’s updates. I expect it to join the ranks with much more expensive watches. Concerning your biggest con….the legibility of the hands…I wonder if it is possible to swap out the hands for ones that would have more lume material? In all fairness, any panda chronograph that I’ve seen that has black hands has the same problem.

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