Nice watch , shame about the modern addition of the skull etc
The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )
1st July 1916
Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader
House Carles at the Battle of Hastings
If it is a modern addition I d'ont know, but I saw another one on a internet shop sold as an original , but on what do you see that it is a modern addition?
He is referring to the etching, most of the time if you see any etching such as these they are added postwar.
All the best,
I agree, I always find engraving on items such as these dubious
"In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem
oh ok thanks Paul and the kid. Still I really like the watch , it is something I have fallen for
Yah no problem, it is still a very nice watch!
All the best,
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One thing to add, before you buy something it is always best to show to forum, it will save you a lot of pain in the future!
All the best,
It's a shame that the bogus engraving has somewhat spoiled a very nice Cortebert 532 calibre pocketwatch. The fact it has no shock protection means it's probably pre-WWII. Also, 15 jewels probably means pre-1930's. The 20's is a good guess for a date on this watch. They were very popular with railway companies worldwide for many years as they kept accurate time. The Cortebert company name was bought by Omega in 1972. A clean, unmessed with example (which this is not) is worth between $250-$300.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
One can only hope that the person who messed with this nice piece received far less than what it was worth before the additions to "spice up" the item were added.
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A beautiful Swiss watch with a fine porcelain dial featuring very attractive blue second markings. A shame that someone saw fit to ruin it's case.
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."