Always interesting to hear your take on fonts and design elements, Belli.
And while I really like the new RO Jumbo - and I think it does a lot of things right - it's one of the reasons I prefer the original:
(And I'm probably in the minority, but I also much prefer the white date wheel.)
I love the stylized 7 in the original RO. It seems watches back then be it the RO or the or say a vintage Orange Hand Ex 2, Sub, GMT etc, had more stylized numerals (Love the open 6 on vintage Rolex watches). Perhaps as much as it was a conscious decision to used very stylized numbers, it was also a sign of people's taste be it clothing, hair cuts, cars, or numerals on watches.
I think the original RO is a fantastic design, and the original Orange Hand Ex2 is a very cool watch. As much as I like the original designs, I think it was the right choice for AP and Rolex not to offer exact replicas of their original RO or Ex2. There is something special about having an original piece from the 1970's and something had to be done to distinguish the ultra rare vintage models from modern pieces. Whether someone has cared for a vintage piece for decades or spends serious $$$$ to buy an original today, it would be a bit unfair to that person if for a fraction of the price for AP or Rolex (or other brands) to offer an exact replica of these now highly sought after rare watches. So giving people something modern and close to the original, but changing details on them preserves what is special and distinct about the originals, while offering others an opportunity to sample a modern version at a more affordable price.