(If for some reason the image does not appear, it is posted at http://members.aol.com/SheldonS4/images/casebackcollage.jpg )
Well, I bit the bullet. I purchased the tools and replaced the caseback to my 16710 with a transparent caseback from Germany. Some say these casebacks turn Rolexes into a frankenwatches; the caseback on my watch is a welcomed addition.
With no Rolex dealers in my county, and the hose-n-close banter I hear at AD's or from watchmakers regarding opening Rolexes (eg. $30 for the cost of a gasket, plus labor), I decided to do it myself. Of course I researched the process and had multiple emails among folks who have done this before and who provided guidance.
I'll have a DIY webpage posted in the next few weeks detailing the experience and the steps. In the meantime, the pict above is a collage of some of the pictures. Going clockwise is a pict of the tools, the LG press, caseback removed, difference in caseback heights, the casevise, and the moving balance taken through a 4x loupe.
For every hour that I wear this watch, I spend an hour looking at it function through the caseback.