Display Back Watches

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When a watch has a display back, the usually solid case backing has been replaced with a clear crystal meant to allow viewing of the movement inside the watch. Often, the movements will be adorned with blued screws, Geneva striping, and other attractive visual additions. Not all mechanical watches have clear case backs, however, as manufacturers sometimes want to obtain higher water resistance ratings or achieve better anti-magnetic protection, or because the designer feels that an opaque backing is a better aesthetic fit.

Prior to 2000, there were not a whole lot of watches with display backs. Since then, the trend has increased and more and more brands and models are fitted with a sapphire back. Some companies, such as Rolex have never made a watch with a display back.