Question about a Baume & Mercier pocket watch?

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    Question about a Baume & Mercier pocket watch?

    Many years ago my Father left me an oval pocket watch with fob and locket
    that hed purchased while vacationing in Europe. The case is made of burnished,
    24 carat gold, is approximately 1 1/2x 1 and is stamped inside with the name
    Baume & Mercier #303230 1 756657. The face of the locket that accompanies the
    watch bears an elaborate design that suggests (at least to me) a middle Eastern origin, while the two-sided plate sandwiched inside the locket is inscribed with heiroglyphic-
    like characters, perhaps Egyptian or Arabic. The chain is gold and is 12 long. All
    three, watch, fob and locket are in pristine condition and even come in a silk pouch.
    My Father has long since passed on but Im certain that he purchased the mysterious locket with the watch, although exactly what the correlation is between the two I have
    no idea.

    Ive recently taken the watch to some local jewelers but none could tell me anything specific about it. One even called Baume & Mercier in Geneva but they, too, seemed unable to identify its origin, date of origin, approximate value and/or any specifics. Can you point me in the right direction? Id be most appreciative.


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    Re: Question about a Baume & Mercier pocket watch?

    Post moved from High-End Watches to the more suitable forum.
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    Re: Question about a Baume & Mercier pocket watch?

    Interesting watch. Pictures of the movement would be very helpful as might be pictures of the hallmarks on the case.

    24kt gold can not be made into watch cases. They would be too soft to be usable. 22kt is possible and is used in jewelry but I have never seen anything more than 18kt used in watches.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Question about a Baume & Mercier pocket watch?

    It is NOT 24kt gold. No watch is 24kt gold. As Eeb says, the highest level of gold is 18kt, which is 75% pure. PURE 24kt GOLD is too soft to be used for jewellery. If it IS marked 24kt gold, then I'd bet my double albert that it's 24kt gold PLATED. Any marks on the case as well as shots of the movement are essential to IDing it.

    Just looking at the watch, I strongly suspect that it is of modern manufacture. When did your father purchase this watch?
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    Re: Question about a Baume & Mercier pocket watch?

    I believe that my father bought the watch sometime during the 70s or 80s I know it wasn't cheap either he paid a couple thousand for it back then.

    As for the markings there aren't really that many just some on the bottom of the cover that just says Baume & Mercier #303230 1 756657 and the markings that are written in some type of foreign language written on the locket.

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    Re: Question about a Baume & Mercier pocket watch?

    All solid gold watches carry hallmarks. They are embedded in the case. Pics will say a lot.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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