Baumgartner 910

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Baumgartner 910


In the early 196os, the swiss pin lever ebauche manufacturer Baumgartner, also known under their abbreviation BFG, released their caliber Baumgartner 910.

With a diameter of only 19.3mm (8 3/4 lignes), it was one of the smaller pin lever movements in Roskopf construction.

Baumgartner 910: base plate

base plate

The base plate of this mix between a massive- and a pillar construction shows the pretty high quality of this movement, since except the main spring barrel, all axles are ruby-beared.

If you look exactly, you see, that below the center hands tube, thus located decentally, there’s the second wheel, but no conventional center minute wheel.

Baumgartner 910: gear train

gear train

As usual on pin lever movements with a Roskopf construction, the large mainspring barrel, which covers the center of the movement, drives the large driving wheel, followed by third wheel, seconds wheel and stell lever wheel.

Baumgartner 910: side view of the gear train

side view of the gear train

On the other hand, the beating rate of 18000 A/h is pretty unusual for a Roskopf-type pin lever movement, but would enable a decentral seconds indication at 6 o’clock.

The flat anular balance of the BFG 910 is not yet shock protected and its precise frequency can be only be adjusted directly at the hairspring key. You cannot expect more on a movement of this price class.

Baumgartner 910: ratchet


The ratchet, which is located on the movement side, is a pretty genious construction: It consists only of one single part, a click, which is also its spring, beared in a depthing on the barrel bridge, covered by the ratchet wheel.

Baumgartner 910: mainspring barrel

mainspring barrel

Here’s the final proof for the Roskopf construction: The mainspring barrel has got a slipping clutch on the dial side, which carries the double hands driving wheel, which drives hands at the same time (with different speeds, of course).

Baumgartner 910: Baumgartner 910: Dial side

Baumgartner 910: Dial side

The Baumgartner 910 looks surprisingly good on the dial side: There’s a yoke winding system - a simple, but efficient one, which consists of only two parts, the yoke and the setting lever.

And the mystery of the large number of 17 jewels, which are not easy to reach for a pin lever movement, can be solved, too: The bearings for lever and escape wheel have got a cap jewel each. Technically, it is not really neccessiary (especially not on the oil-free) lever bearing, but it doesn’t harm, too.

Timegrapher result

You cannot expect rates from a pin lever movement, especially, when it was for a long time, but at least in one position, the rates are really good:

horizontal positions
dial up +29 s/d 270° 1,0ms
dial down +3 s/d 319° 0,8ms
vertical positions
crown right (12 up) -80 s/d 195° 2,4ms
crown up (3 up) -50 s/d 236° 1,2ms
crown left (6 up) -170 s/d 203° 1,2ms
crown down (9 up) +140 s/d 162° 2,1ms

Technical data

Size:8 3/4''' (measured: 19,3mm)
lift angle:50°
Number of jewels:1/17
Escapement:Pin lever
Balance types: Nickel anular balance
Shock protection(s): none
Balance bearing / direction hairspring:Clockwise
Moveable stud:no
Adjust mechanism:Hairspring key
  • lever
  • escape wheel
  • seconds wheel, third wheel, large driving wheel
  • mainspring barrel
Construction type:pillar construction
Winding mechanism:yoke winding system
Setting lever spring:1 hole(s)
References: Flume: 1962 22
Inventory number:20008

Usage gallery

Baumgartner 910: Hanova gents watch

Hanova gents watch

This movement and watch was donated from Lars Schröder. Thank you very much for your kind support!