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    Lack of readability

    There's a Christopher Ward Blue dial Slimline Manual in their sale at the moment, newly new. Good price. It's one of the few watches around with the 2801 movement. I've always felt the bezel was a bit stolid on it, but stock photos can be poor representations of watches so I went looking for other photos.

    What struck me was how many photos I saw of the hands disappearing into the dial, eg



    I just sold one blue dial watch because I was frustrated by the readability of the metal hands against the sunburst dial, I don't want the same situation all over again.

    Also: no minute markers. So, overall, it's definitely from me.

    But that dodgy readability. Even on the Nomos Blaugold the hands and indices don't leap out of the dial. I'm beginning to wonder if on a blue dial gold hands are near essential

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    Bone Collector Bwana's Avatar
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    Yes, the hands can disappear...almost to a black, and gone. Common on lots of black dialed pieces also, gold or lumed lined hands eliminate that problem.

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    The most legible piece of that watch is the logo.

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    Tipp-Ex

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seriously View Post
    Tipp-Ex
    Or go IWC:

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    I can categorically state that Steel/Silver on blue can work and be legible, it just has to be done right ........

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    Yep, it can work.

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    I have an AT with a blue dial and legibility has never been an issue. Given that legibility is a GS design priority, I'd also bet that any of their blue dial models would be highly legible. Edit: As Steppy has demonstrated!




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    Quote Originally Posted by hayday View Post
    Yep, it can work.

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    That's got buckets of lume!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Amf View Post
    That's got buckets of lume!!
    Yeah, but there's no lume during the DAY.

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