This one for Friday the 13th (old pic):
Bonus eye candy because you're "lucky" to be viewing this thread (oh come on, you know who it is):
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Keith, Zippy and WhoKnewl, very nice watches and great photos. Thanks for sharing some eye candy. Keith that Zenith is probably my favorite model from them...great choice.
Yes, yes, precisely. There's something about the tachymeter scale on the 5970 "dirtying" it up a bit too much for me. And once you see it being cut off by "6" you just can't unsee it.
And I agree that maybe it's a yellow gold thing on the image, so here's one of the better high res pics I've been able to find of the 5970 in yellow gold for comparison:
Does it appear brighter or less cluttered now, in yellow gold?
This is of course a discussion limited to aesthetics and how one personally perceives the differences in dials. In terms of pricing and potential value appreciation, the 5970J regularly trades at anywhere from a $25,000 to $35,000 premium versus the 3970J, partly and perhaps largely because of (a) the larger size (all the rage these days) and (b) the fact that the 5970 in yellow gold was produced for less than a year in 2008-2009 before Patek decided to discontinue the reference number. So you've got rarity coming into play too. Word from on high is that less than 100 were made.
But - I like the 3970 better! Hahaha!
Yes, I guess the busyness of the dial of the 5970 was a function of them using the same movement as the smaller cased 3970. Everything gets pushed to the center so they need something to fill up the space. I think it works but it does become busy and a bit distracting. As for the price difference due to size and relative rarity, it makes the 3970 a great bargain. I like Keith's thinking...buy a 3970 and you still have money for a Nautilus. Very nice combo.