Dear Watch Brands: Please Bring Back the Solid Caseback

This year has seen Rolex release several open caseback watches, while Omega, earlier this week, celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Semaster with a collection of closed caseback special editions: in both cases, pun intended, the opposite of what each brand had us used to over recent years. 

Until then, Rolex and Tudor aside, few major Swiss watch brands had resisted the contemporary urge to show most of their mechanical watch customers absolutely everything that’s going on inside their timepiece. By doing so, the owner not only has proof that it’s not quartz but also gets a glimpse into the fascinating, and potentially beautiful, world of mechanical watchmaking.