Transparent Caseback - Important?

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  • Important

    18 16.07%
  • Nice to have

    60 53.57%
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    Transparent Caseback - Important?

    Hi,

    I just wondered how important you feel this is on a watch? I am finding myself considering this more and more important in my enjoyment and choice of a watch. I'm almost religiously "anti-quartz" and find myself fascinated by the movements in a mechanical watch - so much so I have started to learn more and more about them (which was once for me a completely secondary consideration).

    Because I am so interested in this now I feel that I need to see it. I consider it a thing of real beauty and want to watch it in action. More often than not I find myself now attracted to a watch because of it's transparent caseback (takes all sorts right?)

    For example, somebody posted up the Omega Speedmaster Sapphire Sandwich - I thought "Oh I want one of those" (pic below - not mine)

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    Then someone showed me the movement on the Zenith El Primero Pilot - it made me want one of those too (pic below - not mine)

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    How important is this to you guys?
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    Breguet – La Tradition - 7037BB/11/9V6
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    Re: Transparent Caseback - Important?

    For me it depends on the type of watch it is. For a big, brash, diver watch a transparent caseback is less important in part because there is often so much more to look at on the front of the watch. For any other type of watch though I consider a transparent caseback to be quite important as, like you, my fascination with mechanical movements is only increasing as time goes on and as I learn more and more about how they work.
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    Re: Transparent Caseback - Important?

    Surely not a deal breaker for me. I have 4 or 5 watches with a glass in the caseback but for none of them it was a deciding factor.

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    Re: Transparent Caseback - Important?

    I wouldn't call it a deal breaker for me but more of a bonus if a watch has a transparent caseback. The first Zenith watch I bought last year has an open dial which I thoroughly enjoy watching run every time I wear the watch. The second Zenith watch I bought which you have the movement pictured above is gorgeous and if you don't take a look at the movement when you put it on/take off you're missing out.

    Sounds like you've got the transparent caseback bug..

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    Re: Transparent Caseback - Important?

    I like really cool caseback designs just as much as I like an exhibition caseback.
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    Re: Transparent Caseback - Important?

    Quote Originally Posted by anothernewphone View Post
    I like really cool caseback designs just as much as I like an exhibition caseback.
    That's an interesting take. Could you give me a picture example of something you liked that much?

    Regards,
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    Patek Philippe – World Time Chronograph – 5930G-001
    Patek Philippe – Annual Calendar 5135G
    Patek Philippe – Aquanaut – 5167a-001
    Patek Philippe – Calatrava – 5196P
    A Lange & Sohne – Datograph
    Breguet – La Tradition - 7037BB/11/9V6
    Breguet – Type XXI Transatlantique Flyback
    Audemars Piguet – Royal Oak -15300
    Jaeger LeCoultre – Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface
    Breitling – Navitimer 46
    Breitling – Transocean Chronograph B01 Ltd Edition
    Rolex – Submariner No Date - 114060
    Zenith – El Primero – 30.0240.410
    Panerai – Luminor PAM 241
    IWC – Portuguese Chronograph
    Omega – Speedmaster (Sapphire Sandwich)
    Omega – Seamaster Aqua Terra GMT 43
    Omega – Seamaster Planet Ocean
    Longines – Column Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph 180th Anniversary Ltd Edition
    Longines – Master Retrograde Seconds
    Tudor – Heritage Black Bay 79220R Leather
    Meistersinger – Salthora Jumping Hours - SH908
    Tag Heuer – Monaco Calibre 11
    Tag Heuer – Aquaracer Two Tone Quartz

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    Re: Transparent Caseback - Important?

    Important in that I like to see the actual mechanism, especially in the pieces that go to great lengths to make that an integral (the look/quality) part of the watch, like a Lange. That said, I would not hesitate to purchase a watch with a solid case back, like the Reverso's. Would give up the ability to view the mechanism if I like the overall aesthetic of the watch but would never purchase one with the view if I did not like the looks of the dial . . . .
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    Re: Transparent Caseback - Important?

    I have 2 watches currently in rotation neither have transparent case back.
    Chronic flipper...


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    Re: Transparent Caseback - Important?

    check out some beauties on this threat:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/what...nt-796169.html

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    Re: Transparent Caseback - Important?

    I see it as a perk, but not neccesarilly a requirement.. It's always nice to daydream while looking at the movement running but sometimes I like a nicely finished solid caseback too.
    For example I chose this caseback over a saphire sandwich speedy..

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