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    Hello all,

    I have been looking through Vintage Corteberts and this is one of them that caught my eye.
    However due to my lack of knowledge on this brand I seek your opinion on this piece:

    Seller said online, it is from 1960s/70s.
    If it looks to be a remake/new duplication I would not consider it anymore.


    Let me know your thoughts and advice on procuring this piece?



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    Re: Thinking of getting this Vintage Cortebert. What do you guys think?

    First of all, there's no movement picture, which is the key to identifying a watch. I think it's a rather nice dress watch from the 1960s, but the gold plating is worn.
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    Re: Thinking of getting this Vintage Cortebert. What do you guys think?

    You should buy the seller when buying a watch. One thing that I notice is that all the photos you've presented have an overall sepia tone applied. Everything appears un-natural yellow and that yellow can be used to hide a multitude of sins. Seeing this gets my spider senses tingling and makes me wonder what else is not being said.

    I've used the adjustment features of Windows Photo Gallery 2012 to bring the pictures back to a more natural appearance.
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    Re: Thinking of getting this Vintage Cortebert. What do you guys think?

    Quote Originally Posted by cd1963 View Post
    One thing that I notice is that all the photos you've presented have an overall sepia tone applied. Everything appears un-natural yellow and that yellow can be used to hide a multitude of sins. Seeing this gets my spider senses tingling and makes me wonder what else is not being said.
    I suspect incorrect colour balance rather than an application of a sepia filter.
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    Re: Thinking of getting this Vintage Cortebert. What do you guys think?

    Ah, cd1963, thank you so much. The images were copied directly from the seller.

    He said he does not know the movement.

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    Re: Thinking of getting this Vintage Cortebert. What do you guys think?

    The watch is large but has a small back aperture. This usually means that the movement inside is rather small (otherwise it would have to be extracted from the front after the movement holder screws are removed - the only valid reason for a back aperture in such a case) and may even be a ladies' movement. This is supported by the lack of a seconds hand. This sort of combination - large watch, small movement - seems cheap and pointless IMO, even if it turns out to be original Cortebert and I personally avoid such watches.

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    Re: Thinking of getting this Vintage Cortebert. What do you guys think?

    Such a design does have the advantage of being very thin to begin with, and the edges of the watch can be tapered to appear even thinner when it's on the wrist. The use of a relatively high crystal completes that illusion nicely. The body of the watch winds up pushed into the wrist, and the overall look winds up looking far thinner then it really is.
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    Re: Thinking of getting this Vintage Cortebert. What do you guys think?

    If the seller does not want to provide a picture of the movement, then you can start looking for something else.
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    Re: Thinking of getting this Vintage Cortebert. What do you guys think?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mirius View Post
    I suspect incorrect colour balance rather than an application of a sepia filter.
    That is what it is.

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    Re: Thinking of getting this Vintage Cortebert. What do you guys think?

    One more thing- the watch is being sold from Turkey. Not that I have anything against it, as a matter of fact I've seen many decent pieces being sold from there, but considering that I have also recently seen quite some frankened Zeniths and Movado as well as Omega Geneve turned into Seamasters being sold from Turkey, I guess that if the seller does not want to give the picture of the movement, then this Cortebert might as well be a franken. Another regional speciality in terms of frankenwatches.
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