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Old 25 March 2010, 10:46 PM   #31
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Has anyone ever seen a sapphire caseback for an 18k gold Rolex?

I don't own a SS model, and I think the idea is interesting.

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Old 12 April 2010, 01:14 PM   #32
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Icon20 Just installed it on my GMT-C



I just installed it on my GMT-C. It is pretty cool. I have the DIY posted at http://www.minus4plus6.com/caseback.htm#116710

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Old 12 April 2010, 02:13 PM   #33
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I just installed it on my GMT-C. It is pretty cool. I have the DIY posted at http://www.minus4plus6.com/caseback.htm#116710

-Sheldon
Looks great, what do you think about the cases ability to keep its waterproofness? Thanks

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Old 12 April 2010, 02:20 PM   #34
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I'll have it pressure tested the next time I visit my watchmaker. The caseback is pretty robust so I am confident that it will rate at the advertised 10ATM.

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Old 15 April 2010, 11:36 AM   #35
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I just installed it on my GMT-C. It is pretty cool. I have the DIY posted at http://www.minus4plus6.com/caseback.htm#116710

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i think it's only beneficial for the daytona to have the clear caseback
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Old 16 April 2010, 02:08 AM   #36
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Retail is $275 (+ shipping). I have a special at $215 (including shipping) for RolexForums members :)

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Old 16 April 2010, 02:34 AM   #37
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Retail is $275 (+ shipping). I have a special at $215 (including shipping) for RolexForums members :)

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cool thanks!!

lets get a group buy discount going?? maybe the seller can do better??

if we get a group of 5 to buy 1 each can we do like 150$ shipped?
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Old 16 April 2010, 05:59 AM   #38
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The caseback does not affect the watch's waterproofness :) It comes with a hitrel gasket. When installed properly, the watch retains the same water resistance as a brand new one.

I will send a video tomorrow that shows waterproof test using the sapphire caseback.

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Old 16 April 2010, 06:04 AM   #39
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Looks really good and possibly a nice way to while away your time on boring days at work, but I wouldn't do it!!
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Old 16 April 2010, 01:53 PM   #40
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I like it very much. Looks great.
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Old 16 April 2010, 02:07 PM   #41
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Who would not want to see the movement of their watch? The clear back looks great, and is fantastic... !

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Old 16 April 2010, 02:09 PM   #42
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Looks really good and possibly a nice way to while away your time on boring days at work, but I wouldn't do it!!
you are pretty much doing nothing but typing all day...for 500 posts per day at TRF..
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Old 17 April 2010, 01:23 AM   #43
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The caseback does not affect the watch's waterproofness :) It comes with a hitrel gasket. When installed properly, the watch retains the same water resistance as a brand new one.

I will send a video tomorrow that shows waterproof test using the sapphire caseback.

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Here is the video I promised yesterday. A bit long but it shows the installation of our caseback using the plastic screw ball and a water resistance test to show the caseback does not affect water resistance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8HV9zWfFpQ
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Old 17 April 2010, 01:30 AM   #44
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Romain, 3 Bar is around 3ATM...this should be around 30mt depth...
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Old 17 April 2010, 01:42 AM   #45
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I like it especially on a Daytona.
I think the Daytona is the only Rolex that has the model printed in red on the winding rotor.
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Old 17 April 2010, 02:06 AM   #46
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Romain, 3 Bar is around 3ATM...this should be around 30mt depth...
0.5 and 3 bars are industry standard tests :)
We could certainly push the test to 5 or 8 bars...
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Old 17 April 2010, 05:11 AM   #47
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Old 18 April 2010, 07:39 AM   #48
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Would this case back, or another case back like it, work on my 1986 Fat Lady GMT Master II?
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Old 18 April 2010, 08:10 AM   #49
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Nice pics, thnxs for sharing.
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Old 18 April 2010, 10:28 AM   #50
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I ordered one for my Explorer II. Thanks for sharing guys!
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Old 18 April 2010, 03:04 PM   #51
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Ken,

I believe they both would. I know the Thomas Preik caseback would certainly, and the SWC one would as well. Fortunately, the threads and diameter are the same on the GMT and the GMT-C.

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Old 18 April 2010, 04:07 PM   #52
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Looks amazing.
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Old 18 April 2010, 04:42 PM   #53
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Sorry to say this.... but I don't think the Rolex movement is finished enough to warrant a display back...

I am so to say this... but I feel a Breitling movement (even though only 7750 basis) are nicely finished. The Rolex however was not made for display.

Patek on the other hand.... that is a movement to display!

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Old 18 April 2010, 05:13 PM   #54
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Walmart has a observation back for your Rolex for $100.00 (Armitron).

It has a skeleton front so you can also watch the watch work while you wear the watch. That way, you can see what goes on in your watches without changing anything about your Rolex.

If you want to stay all Swiss, Invicta Pro Diver has a clear back for about two bills. Has the look and feel of a GMTII. Still less than changing your Rolex back.

Something to think about.
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Old 18 April 2010, 05:24 PM   #55
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Sorry to say this.... but I don't think the Rolex movement is finished enough to warrant a display back...

I am so to say this... but I feel a Breitling movement (even though only 7750 basis) are nicely finished. The Rolex however was not made for display.

Patek on the other hand.... that is a movement to display!

you show off...
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Old 20 April 2010, 12:11 AM   #56
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Sorry to say this.... but I don't think the Rolex movement is finished enough to warrant a display back...

I am so to say this... but I feel a Breitling movement (even though only 7750 basis) are nicely finished. The Rolex however was not made for display.

Patek on the other hand.... that is a movement to display!
Isn't that finished enough to warrant a display back???

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Old 20 April 2010, 12:14 AM   #57
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Would this case back, or another case back like it, work on my 1986 Fat Lady GMT Master II?
Yes the caseback would work fine on your GMT Master II :)
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Old 20 April 2010, 12:15 AM   #58
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Not for me, but it does look interesting...
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Old 20 April 2010, 12:20 AM   #59
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Sorry to say this.... but I don't think the Rolex movement is finished enough to warrant a display back...

I am so to say this... but I feel a Breitling movement (even though only 7750 basis) are nicely finished. The Rolex however was not made for display.

Patek on the other hand.... that is a movement to display!

I think the Daytona has a movement that can be shown off. With all due respect...that is a very boring looking movement for a Patek to have a clear back.

The Daytona is much more interesting to look at IMHO.

Also, no other Rolex model seems to have an interesting looking movement to view from the back besides the Daytona. That's just my opinion.

Lastly, I would never do it to my watches...I prefer the depth rating to be right where it needs to be...12,800 feet!
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Old 21 April 2010, 07:24 AM   #60
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it is interesting sometimes to see the movement
i also manufacture and sell this item at http://www.thomaspreik.de
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