I want to buy a watch for my Dad Black dial or Cream?

Please can you the good people of the Watch Crunch give me some help in making a gift purchase decision. My Dad will be 83 next June and I would like to buy him an GADA watch , ordinarily I would just go with the black dial but he has a few black dial watch's already like his Seamaster and a classic Tissot skin diver with yellow markers and numerals ( not sure of the model but he has had it forever). Anyway I love my Islander ISL100 and figure as he loves the Rolex explorer he might enjoy an Islander Manhasset as an every day go anywhere and not worry about it kind of deal. But would the cream dial be a little more in keeping as a watch for an older guy. He'll love either one but I want him to get the most use out of it. He has got a white dial Rolex OP that he hardly ever wears but I now he likes it alot, it was a present from a company he worked for many years ago. So what do you guys think?

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I went with the black mostly because the contrast between the numerals and black dial make it easier to read. 

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Cream’s nice. It‘s a little less obtrusive…a little more mellow.

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Matt84

I went with the black mostly because the contrast between the numerals and black dial make it easier to read. 

Same here, the contrast of the black is better for readability and closer of what I think when you say Explo 1.

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Does he have any other watches with black or cream colored faces?

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If he likes mostly black then stick with that. 

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Maybe get him a Smiths if you can find one?  

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I think you’d minimize risk by asking him directly or having someone else ask. Maybe not the watches themselves but how he feels about cream dials. To parrot @Matt84, that’s a common complaint in older collectors for silver or cream dials that the legibility’s low

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Even though it’s cream and not stark white, i still think it’s more open to matching anything than the black dial, but the black dial is more legible 🤷

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Black for better versatility and legibility. Though I believe the black is currently sold out. Should be back by next June though. 

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Let legibility be your watchword 

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Black dial will be easier to read and he'll feel like the badass he is!

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Matt84

I went with the black mostly because the contrast between the numerals and black dial make it easier to read. 

I totally get what you're saying, and that's my thinking if it was for me. But it's for the old guy and well maybe the cream would work better in more situations he is likely to be in? 

Thanks for your help though 👍🙏

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whitesalmon

Black dial will be easier to read and he'll feel like the badass he is!

That is very true.👍

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Justintime

Let legibility be your watchword 

Very salient point.

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gbelleh

Black for better versatility and legibility. Though I believe the black is currently sold out. Should be back by next June though. 

Yes I'm sure there will be a restock before next June.