Originally Posted by in stitches
is that cut because of the movement placement, in which case i guess that is less than awesome, or was it done artistically, in which case i stand by my previous statement that i like it.
also, yeah, that is a pretty penny, looks like its being sold at a premium on the gray market these days.
Hey Stitch, I'm not sure I've ever seen part of a number cut off in a way that I would consider artistic. However, to answer your question, the reason for the cut out on the 5059, was that the movement had been used in the 5050, which used a more conventional case with sloping lugs and a different dial. The 5050 had minute markers and its hour makers are in line with them, while the 5059 has a thicker and detailed minute track that pushed the hour markers inward and forced the arc of the date downward a bit. Both are nice watches, overall I prefer the 5059's appearance (case and dial) except for the leap year cutting out part of the date...but I'd gladly take either.