Rolex also uses 18k white gold on the dial for the hands and hour indicators. A few years ago Rolex switched from a green toned lumed to a blue one. This not only made the lume glow blue, but allows for it to look more white during the day. Rolex also increased the size of the hands and hour markers a few years ago when they introduced their "Maxi dial" style which I personally liked, but of course proved controversial. Every change the brand makes is controversial, even when they did something small such as removing the lug spring bar holes on the exterior of the case. The Rolex Submariner dial is a testament to legibility and functionality. The Rolex Submariner is a tool watch with a slick design that lasted the test of time. It is good because it was never design to be anything more than a good looking, legible dial. It is a tool, and we like tools that work well. Rolex also makes their own dials. Precision machining and printing on the dial is very good. When you look at a Rolex Submariner's dial closeup, you'll notice that the lume is evenly applied, and that everything is cut very well.
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By the numbers: 45.0mm across, 12.75mm thick at center of crystal, 52.8mm lug to lug. 93g on the strap and a 6.7mm crown. Water resistant to 50m, non-screwdown crown.
The new Satellite Wave-Air watches are clearly more mainstream in their design compared to the original Satellite Wave with its peripheral green spiral on the dial and lateral green inserts in the ceramic case. The crystalline-style face is still unique, but it is designed to look interesting and allow light to pass through it. Nevertheless, the hands and indicators are all very easy to see. Further, the subdials are mostly easy to read and with a few color styles (green and orange coming to the US), there are a bit more options than just green.