Thank you for the amazing pictures and analysis!
I'll try to take a few close up shots with my iPhone 6s and upload some pictures of SBGA211 and provide a few close-ups of dials! The snowflake rotates in with 2 other watches for the working days and is a true keeper!
I originally aimed at trading in a watch for a preowned SBGA011 after much thought. Turns out, the AD was out of 011s and just had a 211 in, which he mentions were getting more inquiries than the Rolex Daytona lately. Given the reasonable trade price he offered for the other watch, decided to go with this watch. I love how the Snowflake looks (both SBGA011 and SBGA211), but there are obvious pros and cons about the dials.
SBGA211 Dial (Relative to SBGA011) Less words on dial. Minimalistic look. The watch attains more formal / business casual look. Loses symmetry in dial (this does not bother me, many dress watches lack symmetry on dial, like La Lange Sohne Saxonia, etc. I intend on using this watch mostly for work and use another watch for more casual settings, so the SBGA211 dial (although losing some versatility with the loss of the balanced dial) fits my purpose better. I've seen people on forums argue that "Seiko" on dial is more discreet. However, I'd argue that "Grand Seiko" is pretty discreet relative to say Rolex anyways, so this is more of a gripe between watch enthusiasts.
My only gripe with both snowflake watches is that the casing and the initial links on the bracelet don't seem to transition well. Also, the brushed titanium links are an abrupt transition from the polished case and the transition is a bit rugged. Wished the lugs were not as pronounced, so I can swap easily with leather straps. However, these are minor complaints, akin to the date window on JLC Chronograph.