Vintage Gold Watch… Cool or just not cool?

My MIL had this watch tucked away in her archives for the past 20 years.

It’s a Baume and Mercier gold watch from the 1950s.

Since I am the only one it fits, they asked me if I want it.

I’ve been wearing it for the past few days to see if I like it. It doesn’t work.
I priced it out with some local shops. The gold is worth about $700 and the watch as a whole is probably worth around $1200.

Is this cool in a retro chic way?

At least no one else I know (under 70) has it.

Keep, hold, or sell?

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  1. Keep. It will probably be worth even more. And I think it’s cool, by the way.

  2. I agree, keep it because it will probably increase in value and you definitely pull it off as a chic piece!

  3. esther says:


  4. It looks good on you, I’d keep for every now and then wearing.

  5. Very cute, I like it!

  6. Keep. I would kill to have that!

  7. Are you crazy?? DO NOT sell that! Keep, keep, keep it. I can’t say it enough. It’s very cool.

  8. You forgot one more option: GIVE!
    As in give it to the 100 year old blogger who has a small wrist like yours. ME!!!! I’ll leave it back to you in my will with all the decor crap no one in my family wants.
    Seriously, you rock it.
    xo xo

  9. def keep it! you never know what will be in style next season or the season after. Plus its vintage and looks good on you!

  10. Laura says:

    Def keep, i like having stuff that no one else has, i happen to like it also

  11. Nicole Cohen says:

    K- So the consensus is KEEP!

    I was just a little unsure of whether or not it was wearable vintage or unwearable vintage. Ya know?

  12. Emily says:

    I’m tardy for the party, but I say: keep!

  13. agreed. I think you keep it because while you may not love it now, you might wish you had it later!


    Rebecca June

  14. keep. very cool.

  15. Auntie Judi says:

    You’ve got to keep the watch, and, in fact, anything your MIL tries to give you.. Cuz you never know when the giving may come to an end.. Plus, it’s good-retro, as opposed to that ubiquitous “I’m-so-clueless-I-think-anything-old-is-cool” retro that’s so nauseating. You know what I mean.

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