I’ve always been nervous about chipping or cracking unprotected crystals that stick out above the case with a careless arm movement. That being said, but I have never actually damaged one before (knock on wood), and the shape of this crystal really stands out, matching the style of the watch perfectly.
The dial has a typical matte black finish. The Logo as well as hour markers are applied polished metal. It has printed hash marks for the minutes, and has very minimal text compared to some divers. I greatly prefer this, and feel that it matches the classic, vintage style of this watch.
As a general rule, I am never completely won over by modern timepieces; I can appreciate them, sure - I can even find them highly desirable and enjoy wearing them. But in my personal world, a watch needs an indefinable "X-Factor" that pushes it over the edge from the realm of mere desirability and into the "Grail Quality/Can't-Live-Without-It" category. Given my affection for the past, that X-Factor most often comes in the form of age and history, little things that make normal pieces the stuff of legend. Finding a modern piece, such as Lange's Saxonia Annual Calendar, that speaks to me on that level right off the shelf is exhilarating.
The strap on the Nomos Ahoi series is also different than other steel models. While the rest of the collection features Cordovan leather straps that are mildly water resistant, the Nomos Ahoi series features a mesh style textile strap in black with a winged clasp. Comfort is key with the strap, as it can be closed anywhere on the mesh ensuring a perfect fit to every wrist. As the Nomos Ahoi features a 20mm lug width, other more traditional Nomos straps are easy substitutions. nomos-glashuette.com