What’s the big deal about Clear Case Backs (Exhibition Case Back)? Why doesn’t the mega brand Rolex use them??
The idea that you are able to view the mechanical movement through the back cover of your watch isn’t a new idea. However; it has been embraced by the majority of the Swiss Luxury watch market. Panarai, Breitling, Baume & Mercier, Patek Phillipe, and the list goes on and on.
There are Skeleton watch faces that give hints or full views of the horology beauty keeping watches on time. Skeleton watches that are completely over the top and illegible, but when it is done properly it can be rather impressive.
A great example of the skeleton watch with Exhibition Case: Vacheron Constantin Maitre Cabinotier
Why Rolex Doesn’t use Clear Case Backs…
…or skeleton style watch dials…
Rolex has been leading the way in mechanical self winding watch making for decades. With all of these years at the forefront, it has seen a number of watch making trends come and go. Rarely (if ever) jumping on bandwagons and ultimately staying true to their brand. The influx of Clear Case Backs and Skeleton styles around the watch world is yet another trend Rolex seems content not to participate in.
Will Rolex ever join in the continuing trend? Highly un likely. All the major style changes we have seen in Rolex the past few years is to make their watches more reliable, sturdy, and continue to last the test of time. Updating the metal types used (904L in Stainless Steel Models), solid links, or the addition of the Parachrom hairspring to a number of osculating power plants. These changes tell us that Rolex is still focused on improving their reliability which already has an impressive track record.