I remember a few of our Loungers have lamented at the lack of VC dress watches with black dials. Besides the Boutique Edition versions, they do seem to be rarely seen.
While staying in during a rainy Sunday, I cracked open the auction catalogs and noticed these three pieces:
With the original lugs that became standard on the old round, Maltes and cal 453:
With a "scientific" dial. This has cal. 454. I briefly considered this one, but would still rather prefer a cal 1008/BS.
One with cal. 458: