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I'm getting increasingly close to being able to purchase a Stowa Marine 36 small seconds. I've been smitten by it since the Seoul edition first came out, but there's this question on the back of my head that I should ask before committing any money.

While the lacquered, enamel-like dial of the Marine 36 looks fantastic, I fear it might be a bit too plain. This will be my first white dialled watched and I'm not sure how I'd cope long term with something so... white. One of the things I loved about my C. Ward was the depth and wet-like appearance of its black dial, but I fear the white, while having that same quality, may be too much. I'm also considering one of the silver dial Anteas, the thing is, I really prefer the case shape of the Marine. I'm not a fan of the straight lugs.

Has anyone got any experience handling both the white lacquered and silver finished dials like the Marine Original and Antea KS/B2B Silver? Or even watches like Nomos, Dornbluth, Tourby, etc?

Some photos showcasing the dial differences.

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I've got a marine 36 hand wound without the small seconds. I actually like the simplicity. On such a small watch I don't want it to look too busy.

And the clean dial let's the blued hands stand out.

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I've got both the silver dial MO and the white. I like the white better. I've seen them all at this point. I don't know why, but for me the white is where it is at. The blue hand draw a starker contrast. The high gloss is better than the matte.

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I’m a matte person myself. I think it’s more versatile.


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Thank you for your thoughts on this, they're most appreciated.

Versatility is not a concern for me, it was more a question of flatness, blandness even.

How easy is it to bring out the blue of the hands when moving the watch around? I think that alone would make me a very happy man.
 

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Either color has both it's positive and negative attributes, IMHO.

I like the white for the overall consistent contrast to play off the hand, but that is just an opinion.

Get what most appeals to you and enjoy it. No wrong choice as both Stowas are very nice watches.
 

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I have the silver dial Marine; haven't handled the white. I am very happy with the silver and brushed case. (My silver dial is definitely less grainy/sparkly than the silver dials I've seen on some other watches. It mainly looks creamy/antique white.) The white dials look fantastic too--it is very much personal preference. The blue on the hands can only be seen in certain light and has less to do with the dial than the light and angle as it hits the hands.
 

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I like the silver dial for the way that sunlight plays off of it; it can be creamy or silvery depending on conditions. Something about the white dial reminds me of the old analog clocks at school and I don't care for it as much.
 

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I own all but the Dornbluth (tried in person but too big for my taste). The silver dial with grainy effect has some kind of magic. The Tourby dial finish is very similar to Dornbluths. I have a strong preference for these dials. Not sure about the silver MO. I do know that enamel like dials can be nice but never as nice as true enamel like my Seiko Presage. True enamel grand feu should be a consideration though, but I would pick sterling silver over enamel like any time










 

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Do you know what the white dial face would look like after a couple of decades? Do they yellow or crack?
I've worn one almost daily for over a decade (zero babying and all climates). It still looks brand new (the dial). I have white and silver both. I like the white better. They are both great.



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i personally prefer the silver on my Antea KS. I don't know why, but something about printing on silver just feels more expensive, while gloss white printing feels a little more plastic, only to me though. I know a lot of high end watches have enamel dials.
 

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I have both - white first and added a silver later. I like both but probably wear the white more.
 
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