Many years ago my Father left me an oval pocket watch with fob and locket
that he’d purchased while vacationing in Europe. The case is made of burnished,
24 carat gold, is approximately 1 1/2”x 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 I’m certain that he purchased the mysterious locket with the watch, although exactly what the correlation is between the two I have
I’ve 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? I’d be most appreciative.