Project Build a Camel Round 5 - The Caseback

So, after 4 thrilling rounds (unashamed building up of my own part) we now have the material, the case, the dial and the bezel sorted. Before we move on to the selection of hands (lots to choose from there) we need to decide what's going on the back. There are four options listed below and the winner goes forward to the final watch (our camel) Over to you WC fam

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I voted brushed but I'd get this mod mode:

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Exhibition. Because the others are boring! 

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I should add that there are options on the rotor if the choice is exhibition. Should have said that up above.

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Fiatjeepdriver

I voted brushed but I'd get this mod mode:

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Is that an etched movement? 

Isn't that like painting a picture of your garden on the inside of your garden facing window/s

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Unless you are going to put one of Vacheron Constantin's finest movements in there I would stick with closed backs. Brushed surfaces are usually the nicest to the touch in my opinion. 

I will say though that I'm a fan @Fiatjeepdriver's suggestion regarding the etched one... no idea why but I like it 😄

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Anything but polished.

Polished casebacks will be scratched beyond recognition even with minimal wrist time.

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GasWorks

Is that an etched movement? 

Isn't that like painting a picture of your garden on the inside of your garden facing window/s

True but I think it looks cool

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Go with brushed. Heck, if you intend to use it as a beater go sandblasted, even.  

That watch is going to have an identity crisis soon, isn't it?

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MegaBob

Unless you are going to put one of Vacheron Constantin's finest movements in there I would stick with closed backs. Brushed surfaces are usually the nicest to the touch in my opinion. 

I will say though that I'm a fan @Fiatjeepdriver's suggestion regarding the etched one... no idea why but I like it 😄

It won't be VC... budget won't quite stretch to that.

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TalkingDugong

Go with brushed. Heck, if you intend to use it as a beater go sandblasted, even.  

That watch is going to have an identity crisis soon, isn't it?

Beater? That's what Rolex are for... this will be priceless 🤣

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I'd vote for an exhibition caseback, unless the movement is so utilitarian and unfinished that it should be hidden, in which case my vote would be for brushed. Even a reasonably finished movement can be interesting to look at.

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I'm for exhibition assuming you can fab it without a lot of extra thickness as even eta movements still look nice imo

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tempus

I'd vote for an exhibition caseback, unless the movement is so utilitarian and unfinished that it should be hidden, in which case my vote would be for brushed. Even a reasonably finished movement can be interesting to look at.

NH35... with potential to change the rotor

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SonnyC

I'm for exhibition assuming you can fab it without a lot of extra thickness as even eta movements still look nice imo

Exhibition won't add thickness. It's 1.2mm. That's thinner than most standard casebacks. It's a sapphire crystal too... should have mentioned that above too. Doh!

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GasWorks

NH35... with potential to change the rotor

The NH35 isn't exactly a movement that begs to be seen, but with a nicely decorated rotor, it's also not something that needs to be hidden, especially if putting it on display doesn't impact thickness or have a huge negative impact on WR.