Baume et Mercier Chronograph 1955c

Baume et Mercier is one of the most exclusive names in watches today so much so that there are only 220 retailers worldwide that sell the product.

The brand was established in 1830 but apart from longevity in existence the brand is only famous for one thing; being famous! I know of no technical achievements and during the 50’s and 60’s when most brands where reaching their zenith, this brand used standard Ebauche movements and chrome plated cases.

This two register chronograph from the mid 50s would have been a doctor’s watch with the pulsations ring around the outside of the dial. Speaking of the dial, this has been repainted (how faithful to the original, I don’t know).

The case is typical of many chronos of the period, non waterproof and uses an “ordinary” but very good Landeron 48 movement. But, was it an exclusive watch at the time? I doubt it because apart from the characteristics mentioned it has a chrome plated case with a stainless steel back, like the cheapest of watches.

Never-the-less I’m happy to have this nice watch from the mid 50s in my collection, not only is it a Baume & Mercier, it’s a chronograph!

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About robswatches

I’m a horoligical “petrol head”! I love classical mechanical watches, not because they tell me the time, I can get the time from cheap quartz watches, my computer, phone, microwave or just about anywhere. I’m interested in the movements of watches, the aesthetics of case design and their construction, the history and the simple thrill of watching tiny, beautifully finished wheels, pinions and other parts turning and oscillating and marvelling at the craftsmanship that created it.
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