Truly pictures cannot do this watch justice as I seen it twice in person and tried on both color dials and sizes. The larger personally suites me better at 41.5mm. Even though its the larger format its still in no way can be labeled as a large trendy watch and being over 6 foot and 230 pounds this def suites me best. People call them gray and silver dials but I think a lot of people would have difficulty telling you exactly what color it is depending on the lighting source and if your inside or outside. Both change color tones in different lighting and both are beautiful in their own way. Since I had a black dial Explorer 2 might change it up this time and go with the silver. The AT 8500 keeps appearing to be the perfect watch for what I am looking for IMO. It has all the features that I"m looking for in a watch at this price range. In house innovative movement w co axial, screw down crown w 150m resistance just enough to not be afraid to get it a little wet in shallow dives and swimming and a beautiful display back that you can sit back when relaxing take the watch off and just get lost in the movement. In fact, in this price range, its not too easy to find something that offers all these things. It seems like the perfect replacement/alternative for my Explorer 2. I never used the additional 24h hand and to me a beautiful display back is a good trade off. I know everyone has their opinions of display backs vs solid steel and I respect both oppositions but IMO in a higher price range watch if it doesn't have a nicely finished movement with a display back, its almost a deal killer to me. For me, ( I really hate to use car analogies when talking about watches but I feel this one suites my point) its like owning a high end sports car and not being able to pop the hood every now and then and admiring the engineering that went inside the car. If I'm going for a professional diver's watch with 100s of meters of water resistance then that is my only exception and understanding to not desiring a display back. Anyway, sorry to be rambling on here, hopefully I will be joining the AT club soon!