All You Need to Know about Côtes de Genève
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    My favorite watch decoration by far is Côtes de Genève, and I decided to write a guide on it! Hopefully it has the majority of the information out there on this artistic design, but if there are any errors or facts that I'm missing, please let me know!

    https://pastimezone.wordpress.com/20...tes-de-geneve/

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    Re: All You Need to Know about Côtes de Genève

    Thanks very much for taking the time to do that and share it

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    Re: All You Need to Know about Côtes de Genève

    Great writeup. I'd never seen cotes on a dial before. Nor the circular variety.

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    Re: All You Need to Know about Côtes de Genève

    Thank you from me as well. It's an informative read.

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    Re: All You Need to Know about Côtes de Genève

    Awesome writeup, thanks for sharing!

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    Re: All You Need to Know about Côtes de Genève

    Thank you for the write up. Well done!
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    Re: All You Need to Know about Côtes de Genève

    Thank you for your contribution. It was very informative.


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    Re: All You Need to Know about Côtes de Genève

    That was great- Thanks!

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    Re: All You Need to Know about Côtes de Genève

    In terms of production, there are three basic approaches. The cheapest kind uses a fly-cutter and makes evenly spaced V-shaped grooves. The “basic” example in the article used that approach. Here is that approach on a Seagull ST-19 movement:



    The next level up uses the same type of abrasive used for brushing cases. The scratches are finer and more random. This is the most common method in expensive watches. The stripes on this Zenith rotor are made that way:



    Finally, the best method uses a polishing pad and the pattern is made by the fine abrasive in the polishing compound. These are the most beautiful, because the grain remains very fine and random even under a loupe. This is also the most traditional approach. The graining in that E. Howard pocket watch uses that approach.

    Here it is in an Elgin pocket watch from 1919:



    And similarly subtle stripes using only polish in a ca. 1946 JLC caliber P450/4C:



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