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A stunning "complicated" watch from Baume & Mercier manufactured during the early 1980's. It is a four register chronograph watch with additional moon phase and calendar functions. The case has an 18 carat solid gold bezel with a stainless body. It It is in truly excellent original condition, with all functions operating correctly and of course keeping time. This watch houses a high grade manual winding Lemania 1883 movement. Lemania based chronograph movements have been used in Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Omega watches, among other quality watches. The watch is triple signed on the case, dial and movement.
Dial: finished in antique white, in excellent original condition with hardly a sign of ageing and signed "Baume & Mercier Geneve Swiss Made” with black Roman numerals marking the hours. The seconds register is located at 9 o'clock, the register at 3 o'clock shows minutes elapsed and the register at 6 o'clock displays hours elapsed, the latter two functioning when the stop watch is activated. The sweep hand operates as the seconds stop watch when the chronograph function is operating. The register at 12 o'clock displays a 31 day calendar function and an aperture showing the moonphase function. The hands are in good shape and the crystal is clean and clear.
Case: 18 carat solid gold bezel with stainless steel body, in great condition with crisp sharp edges, measuring approximately 32 mm across, excluding the crown and 40 mm from lug to lug. The inside and outside of the rear cover are signed Baume & Mercier. There are the expected signs of use over the years absolutely no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to draw to your attention.
Movement: crisp and clean high grade 17 jewel movement signed "Baume & Mercier, running strongly and keeping time. It is a Lemania 1883 chronograph mechanism which runs at 21,600 A/h with a 40 hour power reserve. It winds and sets smoothly. The top button on the side of the watch starts the chronograph function. The lower button stops it and a second push resets it to zero. The two tiny corrector buttons on the opposite side of the case adjust the calendar and moon phase functions. Please do not attempt to adjust these functions within a couple of hours or so before and after midnight as this could damage the mechanism.
Strap: fitted with a barely used genuine lizard calf strap.