Open Heart Dials...why"

I don't understand why there are so many open-heart dial models out there.  Every time a see a watch with an open heart I dislike them more and more.  If you want to show off the movement utilize an exhibition case back.  Not sure why they bother me so much, but they really do.   Sorry just had to rant for a second.  Please share your love or dislike for the open heart dial.  Interested to hear other perspectives.   

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I don’t have a rational reason why I dislike them, but I totally agree. I’ve never seen one I would ever want to wear. 

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Completely agree - so many beautiful watch faces ruined with open-hearts. Bulova has half a catalog worth of watches that could be saved from just from removing it.

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An exhibition caseback is marvelous in every way except when you're actually wearing the watch when it's rendered completely useless. I'm not a massive advocate of the open heart but I do see the point. I own the Seiko Presage below and, whilst I agree the dial might look better without the big hole, I do actually get to see the balance doing its magic without having to take the thing off. I like that. I can understand why some wouldn't, but I do.

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I dont get open heart dials either. But I also don't get ¾ length trousers (THEY MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE F*CKING OLIVER TWIST!) or ripped jeans so 🤷. I think it could be the symmetry of the dial is why we don't like it. For example I like simpler watches, so when i see @gasworks pressage I can't help but think of how gorgeous that would be if it was symmetrical. Same with most date windows

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Scooby

I dont get open heart dials either. But I also don't get ¾ length trousers (THEY MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE F*CKING OLIVER TWIST!) or ripped jeans so 🤷. I think it could be the symmetry of the dial is why we don't like it. For example I like simpler watches, so when i see @gasworks pressage I can't help but think of how gorgeous that would be if it was symmetrical. Same with most date windows

I do understand that. But I'm prepared to concede symmetry for a view of that fascinating little heartbeat. 

I wouldn't want it on all my watches but in this case, for me, it adds something.. another point of interest. I still have the rest of the dial, markers and hands to admire... and it is lovely, my phone photography (phoneography?) doesn't do it any justice. 

I'm with you on the 3/4 length trousers though. 

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Gasworks

I do understand that. But I'm prepared to concede symmetry for a view of that fascinating little heartbeat. 

I wouldn't want it on all my watches but in this case, for me, it adds something.. another point of interest. I still have the rest of the dial, markers and hands to admire... and it is lovely, my phone photography (phoneography?) doesn't do it any justice. 

I'm with you on the 3/4 length trousers though. 

As long as I makes you smile when it's on your wrist, it's a good looking watch 👍. Wear it in good health my friend

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Mentioned by @gasworks , even with a display case back, I’ll only see the movement when i take the watch off, this way i still get a small glimpse at the heartbeat. Sometimes I can understand the dislike for asymmetry on the dial, but I just make the mental compromise for seeing the innards.

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Well, even if it's not everyone's preference, the visible mechanism might draw in those unfamiliar with mechanical watch movements. The mechanism is visible without having to specifically look at the caseback, which could lead to more people becoming aware of, and appreciating mechanical watches.

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Open heart is the new fidgit spinner toy. When you want the time you can pick out the hands amid the clutter. On the upside get high and  stare at it. With the new legality its bound to get giggles. 

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I never realized I have the same thoughts lately. Thank you for bringing it up. 👍

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Many times I think it can look forced and like it's only there to give an otherwise boring watch a bit of character. However this is my husbands Frederick Constant, which I think pulls off the open heart very nicely.

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I don't understand it neither, I don't even like the balance wheel on top of the dial of most MB&F. I prefer a nice dial and a nice case back/open case back. No need to see the movement from the top of the watch. I'm pretty boring when it comes to watch design, but I like how boring I am 😂

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I don’t understand why we still wear watches or trousers, so that is why I’m banned from most branches of Watches of Switzerland…

Personally I’m not a fan unless it’s a proper Tourbillon, and there is no way I’m affording something like that, so this is a type of watch that will not be finding it’s way into the collection any time soon. I’m not a fan of exhibition case backs as they serve little purpose, and a lot of movements are pretty boring so I don’t need to see the gubbins, it serves no particular hold over me to watch the movement go round. If it were a pendulum, or something much more organic, then maybe I would want to see it, but otherwise it’s just a wheel and a spring. You would think I am more mechanically-sympathetic to the form of the watch movement, considering how much I bang on about “check the movement”, and “f*** pin-pallets” but I think I’m just comfortable knowing they work rather than constantly checking up on them. So, expect to see pictures of me wearing an open heart Bambino or something similar in the next 6 months because I’m constantly doing the opposite of what I say. 

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I agree. ”Open heart” dials look like fake tourbillon 

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Deeperblue

Many times I think it can look forced and like it's only there to give an otherwise boring watch a bit of character. However this is my husbands Frederick Constant, which I think pulls off the open heart very nicely.

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Hey, do you wear your husband’s watch often? Coz I keep trying to make my wife wear my watches, and she won’t bother even with the smallest one (a 35mm longines heritage conquest). Any tips for me?

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This open worked idea was first used on cheap Chinese watches, then entered the higher level when Zenith started doing it too about 20 years ago.  Now it is everywhere....Making openings in the dial anywhere without a purpose (i.e. without something really interesting to see that is also well finished) is really frowned upon by knowledgable collectors and generally only found in the low price segment.

When done with forethought, it can however, be interesting.