Hi all. I am looking at the Ikarus 40 (and peeking at the Flieger Verus 40... but leaning Ikarus). I currently own a Stowa Marine Original brushed. I once owned a Stowa Marine Auto with the silver dial. It felt a little too dainty for me and I never meshed 100% with the silver/champagne dial. I also currently own an Alpina 44mm Startimer Sunstar Pilot. I am selling my Alpina even though I really like it because I am wanting to reduce the size of my pilot watch.
A little background pertaining to my decision. I love the sunray of the Alpina, but at times I tire of the silver look and long for more of a grey. Does the Ikarus tick the box for a grey dial watch or in the flesh, is it silvery? In comparing both the Ikarus and Verus, I like the look of the Ikarus dial more, but not sure about legibility as in some pics, the Ikarus seems a touch difficult to read with lack of contrast between the arabic numerals and the dial color. And to confuse things a bit more, if I were to go the route of the Ikarus, again I am torn between the black hands and blued hands.
I already know that the Ikarus is the one I want. I just am worried I may have remorse due to the legibility or too silver a dial. Otherwise, I would be certain. But that begs the question, black or blue in person? Both look good in pics, but what are the general thoughts on one vs the other?
Here are pics of the aforementioned watches (Stowa pics from Stowa website):
Ikarus (black hands)
Ikarus (blued hands)