Went to the cinema over the weekend and wanted to check the time at one point but of course only stared at a bunch of dots; no idea what the hour and minute hands were doing. Waited for a bright bit of action on the screen to check again. Small things like this are what get to me about this watch. But a lovely watch all the same!
Mitch - you have my answer with the parts supplier, brilliant, thanks. This is the way to go and I have a watchsmith in Cork who would do the change for me. If I have any issues in a future Omega service or overhaul I'd probably change them back again and leave it at that as it would likely give me the same hassle in the future again.
Truth be told I'm not new to aviator style watches but appreciate your links. Forgot about Stowa and the Steinhart look interesting. My ideal choice would be an IWC XVI if I could afford it (like many), but with a Damasko DA36 in PVD in second place (the signal yellow second hand is just class) and good to see they're back in production again. A while ago I kept putting off a Sinn 656 (I actually mailed them one time about painting a special order second hand signal yellow for me... they declined naturally enough - I wanted the 656 face with the DA36 second hand!) and now they're discontinued, however www.jurawatches.co.uk
have some 556's with 656 dials (the 556A that you can't buy direct from Sinn any more). I've recently looked at Tourby, a nice unsigned Aristo, MWC and Aviator too but the Sinn still tempts.