I've got to admit that a see-through caseback, or at very minimum a decorated caseback is a must for me. After all, this is a hobby based loosely on the love of mechanical movements. How important is it for you?
Depends on the watch, but generally not a necessity.. A typical seiko movement in my opinion isn't good looking and I'd rather have a 1mm thinner watch than a caseback I would not admire much at all. Certain watches (e.g A. Lange & Söhne Datograph) definitely deserve a see-through caseback though 😁
I once chose an Orient diver over an Invicta, partly
because the Orient had a solid caseback. The Orient was actually slightly more expensive as well. At the time, I thought, "you can't see the caseback while you wear the watch anyway." I have since gotten a couple of watches with display backs, but it's not a priority....if I like the watch otherwise, I won't let the presence or absence of a display back deter me.
Once I get myself a Seiko SRPE61 I'll order a slim metal caseback from Namoki and put it on. Makes the watch sit lower on the wrist and I would not miss the see-through aspect for a minute.
Now, with a Nomos Campus ... I'd still get the (cheaper) metal caseback version, but I could at least see the point. The movement decoration IS nice.
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