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    ALBO vintage watch - anyone anything?

    Hi,
    I just bought this ALBO watch. Does anyone know that brand?
    The movement is signed bf34.
    Thanks
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    Re: ALBO vintage watch - anyone anything?

    The Albo brand is registered to Albert Bodemer Silberwarenfabrik GmbH & Co,
    a jeweler in Keltern, Germany. I guess that watch was made for them to be
    sold as a house brand watch from their store. It appears Bodemer is still in
    business. I don't know if they could tell you anything about a watch they
    probably sold about 50 years ago, but they might be amused to see it if you
    stop by the store at Weinbergstraße 16, 75210 Keltern.

    I think you might get more response in the vintage watch forum. I will move
    your post there.


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    Re: ALBO vintage watch - anyone anything?

    Please post movement photos if you'd like more feedback.
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    Re: ALBO vintage watch - anyone anything?

    I suspect that your "BF" movement will actually be BFG (Baumgartner) with the BF inside a stylised "G". The BFG 34 is a simple pin-lever movement.

    Regards.

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    b.allegroimg.com/original/01aea8/9f5fc9f342aeaa085d99764b056b

    This is all I have for now.
    Once it arrives I'll add better pics.

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    Re: ALBO vintage watch - anyone anything?

    The link doesn't work, I'm afraid. Please repair it.

    If the movement looks like this, it's definitely a Baumgartner Freres movement:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Baumgartner 34

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    Re: ALBO vintage watch - anyone anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    If the movement looks like this, it's definitely a Baumgartner Freres movement:
    The dial says 15 jewels though.

    I wonder if they produced up-jeweled versions of the Baumgartner 34.
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    Re: ALBO vintage watch - anyone anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grégoire View Post
    The dial says 15 jewels though.

    I wonder if they produced up-jeweled versions of the Baumgartner 34.
    That is certainly plausible. They often up-jewelled the 866.

    But for this watch, 134 would be a better specification match than 34.
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    Re: ALBO vintage watch - anyone anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chascomm View Post
    That is certainly plausible. They often up-jewelled the 866.

    But for this watch, 134 would be a better specification match than 34.
    In addition to 1j versions, I have BFG 34s in both 15j and 17j forms, so it would appear that they did.

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    b.allegroimg.com/original/01aea8/9f5fc9f342aeaa085d99764b056b
    This one works.
    Looks very simmilar, but mine is not bras and is jeweled!
    Last edited by michal_a; September 8th, 2017 at 07:16.

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