Baume et Merciet (pronounced bomb-eh me-air-cyah) is a classic timepiece, rated highly by GQ as a classic timepiece and highly recommended as basically the "bottom" of the top tier of the elite manufacturers. Amazon has fantastic prices on it, and although you forgo the original 12 month manufacturers warranty, with Amazon it is authentic and they stand behind it with their own 2 year warranty, and it's well worth it to buy it here, in my opinion.
This particular model arrived in beautiful packaging with a gorgeous box and pillow, with three parts to the box. Very nice.
The clasp is definitely slightly more unusual than many other Breitling or other high-end watch straps, but easy to adjust and use. It took me a minute to figure it out, but when I did, it was easy to use... it looks like your typical "belt buckle" style on the outside, but has folded metal mechanisms inside that prevent the watch from falling off your wrist, for example, when trying to buckle it each morning.
It sits comfortably on a wrist, and although not a small face compared to something like a Patek Phillipe (few high end watches have small faces anymore), doesn't appear bulky. As another reviewer noted, it sits relatively flat against the skin, so doesn't interfere with a dress shirt, for example.
The black leather band gives is a formal look that would allow this to be used even to a tuxedo level without any heartburn, yet the stainless steel case and the clean white face give it a modern look. Very nice blend of a clean modern watch with a very traditional markings - they rely heavily on what has worked and looked timeless for them over the last 100 years. I know that sounds funny, but this watch could comfortably be worn by a 75 year old man who wears suit pants and dress shirts daily, and could also look good on a 30 year old office dweller. I wouldn't recommend this watch for someone expecting to wear it with a T-shirt and shorts, however, or in a physical job - a steel band and more sportier face would look better. You could get away with a nice t-shirt and Jeans however, due to its size, face, and stainless steel case.
Anyway, The case is nicely polished, the face is crisp and clean, but note that what appears on the internet as relatively pure red for the numbers and dials is more like a dried blood red, or even more earthy as closer to brown. Still very sharp, but if you like bold red in the styling, you may be dissapointed. I love red, and if it was even a shade more brown, I might have returned, but it was still in a nice reddish-brown tint that worked well against the other black markings.
The crown at rest is NOT screw-down, but when turned from a stationary resting position clockwise, winds the watch. Pull it out one spot, and it adjusts the hourly mechanism... you will feel a slight resistance, then it will "hop" forward one hour, then no resistence, slight resistance, hop, repeat. Easy to set. The hour/minute/date is the farthest out.
Anyway, I got this watch for my 60 year old, executive father as his first nice, automatic watch, and he seems to really like it. I did a ton of research on brands, styles, etc., and I'm very happy with the purchase and his reaction when I gave it to him. I think this is a good watch for a 35-70 year old man who doesn't want a "flashy name brand" watch that is a statement to everyone, but will appreciate a well-made Geneva manufactured timepiece that can conceivably pass generations, and will be well recognized and respected by those that know watches. I also think this is a great office watch for a college grad on up to a wharton mba.
Happy with buying this relatively expensive watch on Amazon, and recommend it highly.