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    Dial variance

    I’ve been idly struck that in some photos of CWC watches, the dive dials look ‘busy’ in the way of Luminox dials, with bright white lines everywhere, competing for your eye and, in others, they don’t.

    Eg:


    I’ve come to realise that the effect is due to thickness of the minute markings varying between dials.

    Sometimes fine, retiring and ‘uncluttering’, sometimes thick, in your face and ‘busy-making’:






    Anyone noticed whether this thinning and fattening correlates with anything or is random from batch to batch?

    (In my pics, fat-minutes seem to be a feature of date window dials, and thin-minutes of no date)
    Last edited by Brauner Hund; 6th August 2021 at 20:10.

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    Fat minutes / thin minutes? CWC Diver dial variance

    I think the photos don’t help.
    In the metal there is a difference but it’s not as apparent as in some of the photos.
    The more modern L dialled versions do tend to have a thicker minute track print.
    The modern SBS seems to be the worst culprit for this, I noticed a chap on the tube with one yesterday and it did seem a lot busier than my earlier version.

    Last edited by Sinnlover; 11th June 2021 at 16:59.

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    My SBS for comparison


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    I must say, I much prefer the “thin” indice dials.
    They look cleaner and less cluttered.
    (says he with a ‘17 issued “thick” SBS)
    Last edited by John Wall; 16th June 2021 at 20:27.

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    Struck by how legible this original is - fine minute markers and devoid of visual ‘busy-ness’ - wildly different to the busy-ness of the reissue I posted earlier


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    Hang on a minute (see what I did there)
    Where did that come from.
    Looks to be in very good condition, as does the 82 chrono.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brauner Hund View Post
    Struck by how legible this original is - fine minute markers and devoid of visual ‘busy-ness’ - wildly different to the busy-ness of the reissue I posted earlier

    Matt, the tritium on the SBS is awfully green...
    A redial, surely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Wall View Post
    Matt, the tritium on the SBS is awfully green...
    A redial, surely?
    John, didn’t leap out at me, but I can see what you mean. Just a photo quirk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrudd View Post
    My SBS for comparison

    What year is that one? Mine's an '04 but looking at the above pics I can't decide if my minute markers are thin or thick? About same as the one I quoted I think.


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    Quote Originally Posted by John Wall View Post
    Matt, the tritium on the SBS is awfully green...
    A redial, surely?
    That colour is typical for the 88 SBS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetlee View Post
    What year is that one? Mine's an '04 but looking at the above pics I can't decide if my minute markers are thin or thick? About same as the one I quoted I think.
    Mine is a 2018. Looks about the same to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brauner Hund View Post
    To show what I mean, L to R, thin, mid, fat:

    I think you’ve hit it on the head there Matt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HookedSeven View Post
    That colour is typical for the 88 SBS.
    Every day’s a school day.
    Doesn’t seem to have aged at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brauner Hund View Post
    To show what I mean, L to R, thin, mid, fat:


    Just looking again at the three comparison pictures,
    I’ve just noticed that the thin minutes dial has a thick 9
    Whereas the medium and thick dials have thinner 9
    The medium seems to have an even thinner 9

    Never noticed it before
    Last edited by John Wall; 18th July 2021 at 08:13.

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    Are you in the printing business Matt
    You almost sound like you know what you’re talking about

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