I have the original version and was thinking of getting the black 1938 as well... But... what happened to that beautiful pressed dial?Wow!
...but a nightmare to capture ...reflections, reflections.
Excuse the crappy cellphone photo, but please compare to my original 1938."A convex sapphire glass [did I mention the reflections] protects the intricately embossed dial. The date feature is the result of some extra effort: apart from the 8-fold embossing, another combination of embossing and punching is necessary to create the date display."
Here are a couple more shots, with a 100% crop, which I hope you can see the 'raised' numerals.
Excuse the crappy cellphone photo, but please compare to my original 1938.
The black is also a beauty still, but it looks like Stowa uses a different dial manufacturer.
Apart from the obvious it looks different to me anyways.
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