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"Geneva Waves"?

I have come across the term "Geneva Waves" when reading about vintage Omegas (I believe it is related to the movement). Could someone enlighten me as to the precise meaning of this phrase, as I am stumped. Thanks, T. "It's just a muscle. Only it is the main muscle. It works as perfectly as a Rolex Oyster Perpetual. The trouble is you cannot send it to the Rolex representative when it goes wrong. When it stops, you just do not know the time. You're dead." -- Ernest Hemingway, Across the River and into the Trees
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The term also appears on Omega's site and refers to the decorative finish that is sometimes applied to movements... For example, On factory produced Speedmaster Professional's with Displaybacks:

[My early 1990's c.863 Speedmaster Professional Displayback]

The "Geneva Wave" finish is a polishing/burnishing technique similar to "engine turning"... The Geneve Wave finish differs by appearing not dissimilar to "stripes" that give a three-dimensional appearance to the plates which it is applied to...

Another example is available via the link below... (It's not an Omega, and to get to the general area of the specific passage do a browser search on "Genev" and you'll get there...

Hope this is helpful... Mr. Daniel Roth: A History & Interview
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Geneva waves/stripes/Cotes de Geneve on my Omega pocket chronometer.

They should look like a wave from above (ie kinda fatter on one side).

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Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -Albert Einstein
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Thanks to all for your excellent, informative answers. I'm afraid Chuck ("Obi-Wan of Omega") Maddox's link didn't work but it's always a thrill to have someone who's site is on your Bookmarks Bar answer a query. In any case, the pictures were all perfectly enlightening. Look forward to my next exchange with you fine Omegaphiles and thanks again, T. "It's just a muscle. Only it is the main muscle. It works as perfectly as a Rolex Oyster Perpetual. The trouble is you cannot send it to the Rolex representative when it goes wrong. When it stops, you just do not know the time. You're dead." -- Ernest Hemingway, Across the River and into the Trees
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I had forgot about TZ's inane censorship policy...

Combine this line: http://tinyurl.

With this one: com/bje9y

In the address field of your browser...

And you should be able to navigate to the page in question unless the Stazi get's to this message first!

Or you can click on the link below (which will take you to Google) and click on the top link which mentions Mr. Daniel Roth.

It's a shame that trying to help people out requires such cloak and daggar jumping through hoops. But that's the way it goes... Google Search
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Great link, Chuck, if I may be so familiar. The 2-part method worked fine and got me to that fascinating article. Quite an artisan, that Monsieur Roth--thanks again for the effort, cloak & dagger or otherwise. All the best and positive (Geneva) waves to you, Tom. "It's just a muscle. Only it is the main muscle. It works as perfectly as a Rolex Oyster Perpetual. The trouble is you cannot send it to the Rolex representative when it goes wrong. When it stops, you just do not know the time. You're dead." -- Ernest Hemingway, Across the River and into the Trees
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