I don't mind the case, though I agree with you that it's my least favorite in GP's current stable. The hands here are, to me,the biggest sin. The problem is, if they used a more delicately styled hand set then the bold case could've overpowered them. I say, skeletonize & blue the hands that are on there now. That way the dimension & outline of the hands would still be masculine, but the darker color and lack of surface area wouldn't draw attention away from dial/movement/bridges.