Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Jul 23, 2020


Pocket watch, split-seconds chronograph, minute recorder; 18K yellow gold

18K yellow gold, open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, with subsidiary seconds at 6 and three horological complications:
• 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the winding-crown)
• Split-seconds (activated by the olive-shaped push-piece located on the case-band at 11 o’clock)
• Instantaneous 60-minute recorder (subsidiary dial at 12 o’clock)
Case-back polished.
White enamel dial with radial Roman numerals.
Movement 20’’’, 3⁄4 plate, gilded brass, going barrel, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensated balance with gold poising screws and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve, index regulator; chronograph work on the top plate; split-seconds work mounted under the dial and partly on the top plate.

Brand Baume, London

Year circa 1890-1895

Movement No. 3 095

Caliber 20’’’, lever escapement

Dimensions Ø 53.5 mm.

Accessories copy of the invention patent

HKD 32,000 - 40,000

CHF 4,000 - 5,000 / USD 4,200 - 5,300

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-71-01



HANDS Original


Movement based on the English invention patent No. 8 508, delivered on May 22, 1889, to Baume J. A., and Baume, L. C. A., (trading as Baume & Co., and Chatelain, C. V., London, for a “Chronographs, split seconds.”.
A variation on the split-seconds action in which the first hand can be stopped and returned to the moving hand by the side push at 11, the second hand stopped and both hands zeroed by pressing the pendant; the pendant is also used to start both hands.
Baume & Co., 21 Hatton Garden, London, and, 279 George Street, Sydney
Baume & Co., importers of Swiss watches, was the main English agent for Longines in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Many of their chronograph movements being supplied for finishing in London for Samuel Smith & Son, ‘Watchmakers to the Admiralty’, 9 Strand, London (one of the largest retailers of Swiss and English made precision and technical pocket watches of the period; see the reprint of Smiths, Guide to the Purchase of a Watch (3rd Edition), for further information about Smiths and their various chronographs).