Help needed identifying Baume watch?

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  1. saintdave

    saintdave New Member

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    93.jpg 94.jpg 95.jpg Hi All, i have a ladies 15k gold watch with a 15k gold brittanic bracelet. There is no makers mark on the dial, the case is marked AB swiss, import marks for UK are there as well as hallmark year date of 1918. The movement is marked Baume and co with 3 stars and 10.85N. The box it came in is a J.W. Benson of Ludgate hill London. Is this watch a Benson, Baume or Longines or something else?
    Your help is appreciated.
    Thanks Dave.
     
  2. Ben Hsiung

    Ben Hsiung Registered User
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    From the movement layout it looks highly similar to a Longines, but I don't know why there is that designation of B&Co. From the '10.86N?' designation it again looks like Longines nomenclature.
     
  3. Cary Hurt

    Cary Hurt Registered User

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    Hi Ben,

    You're right, it's a Longines.

    AB is the importers cartouche for Arthur Baume. He was the Director of the London branch of Baume et cie, a Swiss watch manufacturer based in Les Bois, in the Jura region. In 1920, William Baume, (grandson of the founder of Baume), and Paul Mercier founded Baume & Mercier in Geneva. As well as marketing their own watches, Baume & Company were the importer of Longines watches to the UK and the Commonwealth, much as Wittnauer was for the US.

    It is not unusual to see otherwise unmarked Longines watches from the early 1900s with the "B & Co." (for Baume & Co.) mark on the movement.


    Regards,

    Cary
     

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