Mikey_t send me a couple of watches to have a look at. This is the San Martin with a Sea-Gull ST2130 movement...
This is a fairly large watch(41.5mm sans crown). It is in a lovely bronze case with one of the biggest viewing dials I've seen! The whole dial is limed, major markers, minor markers, text and the hands. This thing glows like no Seiko I have ever experienced and it lasts all night long! One glance at this watch and you instantly know what time it is
This watch made me remember that I have something similar; a bombardier style piece...
While this Germasian watch is not quite as large as the San Martin, it is still super time at a glance! This has the ubiquitous DG2318 auto which is pretty well bomb proof.
While it is a nice watch, it doesn't get me as excited as the San Martin
Why are the inner circle of numbers printed back to front on the second watch?
My understanding is that this style of watch was used by bombardiers. So that the didn't have to take their eyes off of the instruments while targetting, they would have the watch visible in a mirror beside the instruments...which meant that their eyes could view both at the same time and thus the mirror image. You will also notice that the mirrored numbers are in a count down sequence.