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    Baume Longines pocket watch.. crystal advice please..

    Hi all,

    This watch arrived without a crystal..



    The aperture for the crystal is 25mm, but doesn't seem to have any sort of 'lip' to fit a crystal into it..





    Any ideas on type of crystal and how to attach it?


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    Hmmm...I woud say this movement arrived within a silverbox with a missing window. I'm very sorry but for my eyes there looks nothing matching in any way. I would look after a better matching lepine case. Are the winding system for the american market (negative) than you might have luck to et a nice watch.

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    Re: Baume Longines pocket watch.. crystal advice please..

    I also think that there must have been an inner bezel with a crystal which is now entirely gone. The outer cover ring may have been completely solid and the inner part has dropped out (or off). Alternatively, it might have been intended to be a half hunter but in those, the inner hole is usually a little smaller.....

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    Re: Baume Longines pocket watch.. crystal advice please..

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    I also think that there must have been an inner bezel with a crystal which is now entirely gone. The outer cover ring may have been completely solid and the inner part has dropped out (or off). Alternatively, it might have been intended to be a half hunter but in those, the inner hole is usually a little smaller.....

    Hartmut Richter
    Darn, I was hoping others were wrong but you are saying the same thing about an inner bezel.. suspect the odds of getting that bezel is going to be poor.. thinking cap on for some way to insert a crystal in the aperture of the top cover..


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    Re: Baume Longines pocket watch.. crystal advice please..

    Is it possible that you make a picture of the movement within the case, and a complete front picture with open "bezel". Maybe we see better what you get. My assumption is still a wrong case but I'm not sure. Its quite expensive to let made a new bezel or to find a matching one. Therefore its better to kow what you need. A bezel or as I think, a mathching case.

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    Re: Baume Longines pocket watch.. crystal advice please..

    Quote Originally Posted by SilkeN View Post
    Is it possible that you make a picture of the movement within the case, and a complete front picture with open "bezel". Maybe we see better what you get. My assumption is still a wrong case but I'm not sure. Its quite expensive to let made a new bezel or to find a matching one. Therefore its better to kow what you need. A bezel or as I think, a mathching case.

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    Here you go.. pretty sure correct case..





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    Yes vou're right its matching and its a savonette. A very unsusual design with the big opening for a half hunter. Often cases like galonne was made by pressing the center of the lid inside a brezel. This doesn't seems to be here the fact. Thherefore you miss a inner brezel. I don't know why they are missing very often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilkeN View Post
    Yes vou're right its matching and its a savonette. A very unsusual design with the big opening for a half hunter. Often cases like galonne was made by pressing the center of the lid inside a brezel. This doesn't seems to be here the fact. Thherefore you miss a inner brezel. I don't know why they are missing very often.

    Kind regards Silke
    I may end up finding an acrylic crystal that can be a snap fit and then adjust some parts of it to allow for hinge, release and setting lever..


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    Re: Baume Longines pocket watch.. crystal advice please..

    Quote Originally Posted by SilkeN View Post
    Yes vou're right its matching and its a savonette. A very unsusual design with the big opening for a half hunter. Often cases like galonne was made by pressing the center of the lid inside a brezel. This doesn't seems to be here the fact. Thherefore you miss a inner brezel. I don't know why they are missing very often.

    Kind regards Silke
    They're often missing becuase the original inner crystal on many of these was very thin and sometimes had an odd curve (in order to fit under the half-hunter case), so getting a replacement quickly becomes more trouble then it's worth.
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    Re: Baume Longines pocket watch.. crystal advice please..

    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    They're often missing becuase the original inner crystal on many of these was very thin and sometimes had an odd curve (in order to fit under the half-hunter case), so getting a replacement quickly becomes more trouble then it's worth.
    So is there still a source of this style of crystal?


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