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I have been looking at vintage watches on the 'bay (Both used or NOS) and a few times I see say a silver caseback on a gold coloured watch. Is this normal in a few circumstances and by certain makers? Or a definite sign of a hybrid/franken?
 

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I have been looking at vintage watches on the 'bay (Both used or NOS) and a few times I see say a silver caseback on a gold coloured watch. Is this normal in a few circumstances and by certain makers? Or a definite sign of a hybrid/franken?
No, that's perfectly normal in many cases and with all brands of watches. Not uncommon at all.
 

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Normal for some watches (most 2209 Poljots, for example). Not normal for others. Common around the world - I have a french Wakmann, american Spaceview and a couple of Swiss watches in this combo in addition to aforementioned 2209s.

BTW, none of it is silver and gold. It's gold-plated and stainless.
 

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Yeah , I should have put silver coloured and thanks for the metallurgical heads up!
 

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Most watches have stainless steel backs regardless of the case material: if a chrome-plated back is used on a chromed or gilt case, then the back plating might get rubbed off too soon as it's against your wrist. However, if a watch has a solid gold case, then a solid gold back would be appropriate.
 
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