Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Best Men's Baume & Mercier Watch for Under...

The best men's watches under blog is going to review Baume & Mercier watches today.  Baume et Mercier is a Swiss company that has been making watches for a long time.  They were founded in 1830.  It was originally opened by the Baume brothers, and by the late 19th century had built an international reputation for accuracy, wining a number of competitions.

In 1918 William Baume, a descendant of the original Baume brothers partnered with Paul Mercier to form Baume and Mercier.  The company specialized in wristwatches of unique shapes, and in 1919, were awarded with the Geneva Seal, the highest distinction for watchmaking excellence.

In 1988, the company joined the Richemont Group, a conglomeration that focuses on high end luxury products.

Today we will be covering the best men's Baume and Mercier watches for under multiple price points.

The Best Men's Baume & Mercier Watch for Under...

The Best Men's Baume & Mercier for under 1000 dollars

Hampton Quartz
Model: 10153
Case: 29.2mm x 42.6mm, Stainless steel
Band: Leather
Movement: Swiss quartz
Functions: HH, MM, Date
Water resistance: 50M/165ft

The Hampton quartz is a wonderful, entry level watch into the Baume & Mercier watch world.  It has a pretty strong art-deco feel to it.

The case is rectangular, 29.2mm x 42.6mm and stainless steel.  It has a crown at the 3 o'clock position.  The lens is a sapphire crystal.  The dial face is white, with Arabic numerals marking the hours.  The hands are matte steel, and there is a date window located at the 6 o'clock position.  The brown leather band has white stitching and a buckle style clasp.  And the watch comes with a Swiss quartz movement.

I can't lie.  I cheated a little here, and you should know, if you have read the best men's watches under blog, that I do this from time to time.  I usually find this watch on the online retailers for around 1,050 dollars.  I busted the budget, but, I figured it was so close, I had to.

The Best Men's Baume & Mercier for under 2000 dollars

Best Men's watches under 2000

Classima Auto Silver
Model: 10214
Case: 40mm Steel
Band: Alligator
Movement: Swiss Automatic
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Date
Battery: N/A
Water resistance: 50M

The Baume & Mercier Classima Auto Silver has made its way onto the best men's watches under blog before.  It was on the 5 best men's watches for under 2000 dollars list.  And that is for a good reason.  The watch is high quality for a great price.

The Classima sports a 40mm stainless steel case, with the crown at the 3 o'clock position.  It has a sapphire lens for both the front and the back.  The Dial face is white, with Romant numerals at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock positions, and index markers for the remaining hour markers.  The hour makers are gold along with the hands.  There is a date window located at the 3 o'clock position and the alligator leather band has a buckle style clasp.

The movement is an automatic, it has 26 jewels.  It has a 38 hour power reserve, and runs at 28,800 bph.  I am not sure who makes the movement, my guess would be ETA but I am not positive.

This watch is well within the 2000 dollar budget.  It runs around 1700 through the online retailers.  It is a really nice watch, it may very well be my favorite watch on this list.

The Best Men's Baume & Mercier for under 5000 dollars

Model: 10064
Case: 44mm, Stainless steel
Band: Stainless steel
Movement: La Joux Perret 8120 automatic
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Date, Cronograph
Battery: N/A
Water resistance: 50M/165ft

The Capeland is a vintage chronograph line by Baume & Mercier.  They are good looking watches with nice movements.  I feel like they hit the mark with this watch.

The case for the Capeland is fairly large.  It measures 44mm and is made of stainless steel.  It has the crown at the 3 o'clock position and it has the chronograph function buttons located at the 2 & 4 o'clock positions.  It has a sapphire lens in both the front and back of the watch.  The dial is white with Roman numerals in black marking the hours.  The hands are black with Superluminova inbued for easy nighttime viewing.  There is a date window at the 4:30 position and there are three chronograph sub dials located at the 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions.  The band is a stainless steel, 3 link style.  It has a folding clasp.

The movement is a La Joux Perret 8120 automatic.  It is actually a ETA 7750 base.  It has 25 jewels.  It also has a 42 hour power reserve, and it runs at 28,800 bph.

I find this watch online  for around 3000 dollars.  But for some reason this watch has some very wild pricing.  I have seen it for as low at 1800 dollars.  You will just have to shop around.

The Best Men's Baume & Mercier for under 10,000 dollars

Model: 10060
Case: 42mm, Red gold
Band: Alligator
Movement: La Joux-Perret 7381
Functions: HH, MM, SS
Battery: N/A
Water resistance: 50M/165ft

The Clifton is a classic looking watch, made with high end materials.  It is one of those watches that are jewelry as much as they are a useful wrist tool.  It is a fine looking watch, with very nice lines.

The case of the watch is a large 42mm, 18K red gold type.  It has a crown at the 3 o'clock position, which is also 18K red gold.  It has a sapphire lens on the front of the watch, as well as the back of the watch.  The dial face is opalescent white, with gold hour markers, staggering between Arabic numerals and index marks.  The hour and minute hands are gold, and the small seconds hand is blued steel.  The band is alligator and the clasp is a buckle style clasp in gold as well.

The movement is a La Joux-Perret 7381.  It has 21 jewels, and a 90 hour power reserve.  It runs at 21,600 bph.  This is a hand wound movement, not an automatic, but the 90 hour power reserve is a nice perk for a hand wound.

This watch generally falls right under the 10,000 dollar price point.  I see it in the online retailers for about 9,800 to about 9,950, shop around a little bit for it, you might be able to save a few hundred dollars.

Wrap Up

Baume and Mercier watches are wonderful watches with great reputation.  They have a very classic look, generally, and occasionally, they offer some nice retro style watches that appeal to me, personally.  They currently have 4 basic collections of watches, all covered here on this list.  Within those collection they offer a lot of options.  

This has been the best men's Baume and Mercier watches for under.  I hope you enjoy, and hope to see you back here at the best men's watches under blog real soon!  


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