I actually prefer the larger numeral used by Timex. some of their older screens didn't have very good contrast, but their new ones are excellent and readily visible. To me the issue is not so much seeing the time, but easily and readily seeing all the other functions of the watch while in use. This is especially true of timing features. I find the the high contrast screens and the larger numerals, combined with the overall cleaner display, just makes the Timex's more user friendly.I'm actually not too big on the Timex Shock displays. It's a lot of screen to have to look at, just to see the time, and the font is not very bold.