Silver red 12 wristwatch

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    Silver red 12 wristwatch

    This arrived today. Quite big at 34mm:

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    The movement is Swiss with 15 jewels:

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    And is marked B & Co. with 3 little stars:

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    which makes it a Baume Freres watch (Baume & Mercier). Which I didn't know when I bid on it.

    The movement is also marked 13.34.

    The case is solid silver with the London import mark for 1923. And the AB mark of Arthur Baume - a casemaker from the same family: "Arthur Baume, son of one of the founders of the Maison Baume and director of the Baume & Co subsidiary company in London."

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    The crystal is thick, somewhat chipped, glass. The back is screw on.

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    And it has hinged lugs:

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    and it needs a new mainspring.

    Edit: It now has a new mainspring. The serial number, on the dial side, is 4042968 which is the Longines sn for a movement of c.1922 - just before the case (1923).
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    Re: Silver red 12 wristwatch

    That is a nice find!
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    Re: Silver red 12 wristwatch

    Thanks Erik. There was no movement shot, or even jewel count, but I figured solid silver cases of that quality usually have decent movements in them.

    Apparently, Baume Freres became Baume and Mercier in 1920. So the movement may have been made a few years before being cased, or perhaps they didn't change the movement 'logo' immediately. Anyway, not bad for £21.
    Last edited by Marrick; June 8th, 2010 at 19:03. Reason: it was £21 - not £20.
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    Re: Silver red 12 wristwatch

    Nice score for 20 pds~Cheers!

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    Re: Silver red 12 wristwatch

    You are good at finding bargains and a bit of a gambler .
    I received an English silver cased watch today as well. Will post tomorrow.
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    Re: Silver red 12 wristwatch

    That's a good find Marrick, I love these early watches. That's
    a Longines movement in there!

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    Great looking watch and I like the rugged glass

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    Re: Silver red 12 wristwatch

    Huge for a vintage wristwatch.
    I like the hinged lugs. Congrats on a nice find.

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    Re: Silver red 12 wristwatch

    I thought so - but wasn't sure. I've already got this movement in a Longines from 1917:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthr...er+longines%22
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    Re: Silver red 12 wristwatch

    Quote Originally Posted by GRAN View Post
    Great looking watch and I like the rugged glass

    Gunnar
    Thank you. I think the glass is original, but I'm not certain.
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