Yeah, I prefer the version with the numerals, a bit more of a field look, but all a matter of personal taste. I swapped the metal bracelet for this silicone band. Again just personal style. And I agree as far as features, function, style and value, there's not a better watch for me.I've had a 1A2ER and a 1A1JF for a while and generally prefer the 1A2ER (same as yours). They are so light and the overall function is so great, but the numeral indices are the perfect addition to this watch! What band have you got it on? I'll probably let the 1A1ER go at some point in the future but for now it's a slightly dressier alternative to the 1A2ER.