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    Solid back case vs display back case

    Hi, I am new to the whole watch collection world and still in the learning stage of the vintage collection rule.
    I notice most of the newer watches have display case back asleep while older watches have solid case back.
    Display case back is a more seek-after feature.
    However, for the exact same watch, which one will have a higher value, display case back or solid case back? and how much of a price difference will that be?
    For example, VC model 47200 was originally offered in solid case back, later version do offer display case back. The movement is actually pretty good looking. This model is now discontinued. For the exactly the same front dial, solid case back model is about US$3000-5000 cheaper than display case back version in used market. I don't know if it justifies for that 3000 difference.
    Would it be a dumb idea to buy a solid case back and later change it into clear case back during next manufacturing service?
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    Re: Solid back case vs display back case

    I would have been happier to spend less for a solid back version of each and every exhibition I own. I personally don't get any value out of seeing the movement.

    If you do plan on changing to exhibition in the future, be sure they haven't changed the case and that it will indeed fit. Also be aware that it may add some thickness and change the way it sits on your wrist.

    HD vids of most movements can be found on youtube.
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    Re: Solid back case vs display back case

    I have fun looking at the movement, it's always up to one's appeals.. I would say go for the watch you like, but 90% of the time, the reason it's got a solid is for performance issues (water resistance) or it features a non-decorated / non-perlaged movement (look it up) and that says they don't care to show it. Stick around WUS and you'll learn a ton more!

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    Re: Solid back case vs display back case

    Quote Originally Posted by Baguette View Post
    I have fun looking at the movement, it's always up to one's appeals.. I would say go for the watch you like, but 90% of the time, the reason it's got a solid is for performance issues (water resistance) or it features a non-decorated / non-perlaged movement (look it up) and that says they don't care to show it. Stick around WUS and you'll learn a ton more!

    Not always the case though. Vacheron Constantin provides one of the best finished movements I have ever seen...however they have it only on one of ther current models and unfortunately...solid caseback :(

    Reasoning? I say to annoy people like me
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    Re: Solid back case vs display back case

    On the high end forum, display back every day of the week. On the public forum, it depends on the movement.
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    Re: Solid back case vs display back case

    I agree with Me116: for a generic watch that is meant to be versatile, sturdy, affordable, and is likely made with a run-of-the-mill workhorse movement such as an ETA 2824, 2892 or 7750, a solid caseback is perfect. These movements are not much to look at anyway, and even the better finished examples are not even "finished" per se. May impress someone who has never seen a movement in their life, but any WIS would not care about them.

    Anything high-end, in my opinion, must have a display back. So much of what actually makes the watch "high-end" in the first place is in the movement; what would be the point of paying for it if there is no way to appreciate it?
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    Re: Solid back case vs display back case

    Quote Originally Posted by GETS View Post
    This picture pretty much answers any questions about why you would want a display back.

    For me, the lack of a display back on a nice watch basically is a deal-breaker.
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    Re: Solid back case vs display back case

    Some watches come with a choice...




    notice Platinum back just in case you get tired of....






    I could spend hours looking at...




    actually....I have.


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    Re: Solid back case vs display back case

    Quote Originally Posted by GETS View Post
    I agree, with the HE.. you're in it for the complications (I hope) and thus the display back is more sensible..

    Ask this question in the Dive Watch forum and you'll get the opposite- due to performance (WR).

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