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    What should be printed on a dial

    This is just my opinion, but I don’t like when anything is printed on a dial except for a brand/logo, and of course, markings that serve a purpose.

    There’s no reason to mark a dial with wr rating, or the words automatic, chronograph, Quartz, chronometer. It’s like driving a car with all its features printed on the hood. Or having words like black, canvas, size 11 printed on the outside of your sneaker.

    May as well print the word “watch” on the dial as well.

    Stamp that stuff on the case-back.

    Again, this is just my opinion.


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    Re: What should be printed on a dial

    I'm okay with 1-2 lines of text to create some balance on the dial. Any more then it's a too much.

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    I'm with you guys, less is more when it comes to writing on a dial. I was looking at a Pelagos the other day and noticed there's a short novel on the dial. Still love the watch, but I'd like it better with less writing.

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    I like minimalist as well but features on the dial that are listed are more or less a billboard for the manufacturer and my guess is that a lot of watch people love to exhibit the features of their watch to everyone anyway it probably obviously started as a marketing Trend like everything and still is

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    Re: What should be printed on a dial

    casebacks too. I don’t want a list of specs on the back. Nothing beats a normal Rolex or Tudor caseback. My Wilk has a display caseback with just a tiny Wilk logo, perfect.

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    Re: What should be printed on a dial

    Quote Originally Posted by Thirdgenbird View Post
    casebacks too. I don’t want a list of specs on the back. Nothing beats a normal Rolex or Tudor caseback. My Wilk has a display caseback with just a tiny Wilk logo, perfect.

    I agree. But if you HAVE to list features, I’d prefer it on the back.


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    Like that with turbo written at the back and on the side of a car? TURBO!!!! 16 valve?
    For a watch, if it's a chronometer you have to write officially certified, why?? Because it's official man and it's super too.

    Being serious it doesn't bother me at all

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    Re: What should be printed on a dial

    Many manufacturers offer significantly different models that are visually similar. Grand Seiko, for example, offers quartz, spring drive, "regular" automatics, and high-beat movements. Without something on the dial itself, how would they be distringuished one from another, in a display case?

    Mind, I generally agree, and prefer less on most dials. However, it's also possible to go too far the other direction, and to make an over-simplistic, sterile dial. There are plenty of ways to avoid that, but so often, watch companies are too conservative...or too cheap...or have too narrowly-focused a design regime.
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    Re: What should be printed on a dial

    Quote Originally Posted by RobMc View Post
    This is just my opinion, but I don’t like when anything is printed on a dial except for a brand/logo, and of course, markings that serve a purpose.

    There’s no reason to mark a dial with wr rating, or the words automatic, chronograph, Quartz, chronometer. It’s like driving a car with all its features printed on the hood. Or having words like black, canvas, size 11 printed on the outside of your sneaker.

    May as well print the word “watch” on the dial as well.

    Stamp that stuff on the case-back.

    Again, this is just my opinion.


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    I have to respectfully disagree, I think that the water resistance is relevant in the dial, I also think that Automatic or Self Winding is also OK. Of course the brand is necessary. Maybe the model can be included when done with class.

    As for the comparison to cars, let's think about it. V12 = Chronometer Certified, Hybrid = Automatic, Lamborghini = Omega, Turbo = 300M. See, I think cars do the same.

    At the end is a matter of preference.

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    Re: What should be printed on a dial

    Quote Originally Posted by RobMc View Post
    This is just my opinion, but I don’t like when anything is printed on a dial except for a brand/logo, and of course, markings that serve a purpose.

    There’s no reason to mark a dial with wr rating, or the words automatic, chronograph, Quartz, chronometer. It’s like driving a car with all its features printed on the hood. Or having words like black, canvas, size 11 printed on the outside of your sneaker.

    May as well print the word “watch” on the dial as well.

    Stamp that stuff on the case-back.

    Again, this is just my opinion.


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    I take it this overpriced quartz is not for you?
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