Interesting to hear this perspective as I fall on the other side of this. With my small wrist, I am used to the tighter space on small dials (my SKX013 work watch has a 27-28mm dial with relatively large indices). As a person who typically wears dark dials, I have always been intimidated by the amount of negative space on the white Marine, even on the 36mm. Seeing a few different pictures of this new model (including the Seoul limited edition), I am finally on board with the use of space on the dial. I'm sure if I had bigger wrists my preference would be different, but coming from mostly 34-38mm watches, this suites my taste perfectly. This is one of the reasons I love how many variations Stowa offers on their models.While I love the idea of a 36mm small seconds Marine, something about the scale of the watch doesn't strike me as right. Maybe it's because my eyes are used to those elements on larger dials, but the numbers seem too pushed together, and the scale of the crown to the smaller case seems not ideal. For some watches (like the Rolex Explorer) the original smaller size doesn't scale up well to a larger size, in my opinion. For this one, though, the reverse seems to be true--the original larger size doesn't scale down well. It's still a really nice watch, but not the look I hoped for years back when I vowed I'd flip my 40mm MA for a 36mm if one were ever produced. Future iterations might change my mind, but looking at it now...I'm happy to keep my MA. Looking forward to seeing wrist shots from new owners and reading your reviews!
I'm waiting to hear from Sarah if I can get this model with a brushed case. Once I get it in, I will be sure to put up a bunch of photos from different perspectives and lighting.