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    Early X-mas present...

    Christmas came early to me this year. I had a chance to pick up this beauty for a very reasonable price. It's a Baume & Mercier chronograph (Valjoux 72C), all 18k rose gold! It keeps time but the movement still needs to be overhauled, as the chrono functions are sluggish in returning, and the month is stuck. The reference number on the back of the watch is 3902. I did a search and found a watch claiming to be from 1961, but I think this may be older. Any info would be appreciated! :)

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    Here is a pic without the band (I replaced the beat up band with the one above):
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    It really is a beauty, and I love the size.. around 36mm without the crown. I was looking to get something different for myself as a X-mas present, and this one just fell into my lap at the right time!

    Anyone else have an early X-mas present to showcase?

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    Ron
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    Re: Early X-mas present...

    Congrats on a stunning piece, really like these old chronographs like these and I bet it looks even better in person. Sorry I cant give you any info

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    Re: Early X-mas present...

    That is really nice. Congratulations on your early present.
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    Re: Early X-mas present...

    Very nice. Merry Christmas to you. I can't imagine trying to service that beast...

    It is a beauty.

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    Re: Early X-mas present...

    I am going to leave servicing it to a friend of mine. The price was reasonable enough that I don't mind paying him to service it. I did some minor service on it.. cleaned and oiled the balance, escape wheel and pallets, and also put some oil on the registers (which are now functioning properly, snapping back to return), but that is all I will try. :)

    The more research I do on this I think it is from the late 1950s.
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    Re: Early X-mas present...

    ... I also just realized the days and months are in French.

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    Nice watch, and a good start on learning french ;)

    I'm keeping an eye out myself for a nice classic chronograph. Most modern ones are too big for my tastes anyway. I would have loved to have this one...


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    Re: Early X-mas present...

    congrats on a classic
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    Re: Early X-mas present...

    where did you pick this up? I have a hard time finding any vintage chronos.

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