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Are Baume and Mercier good watches at $1200?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by chocsosa, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. chocsosa

    chocsosa Well-Known Member

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    I am considering purchasing a Baume and Mercier watch in the classima line. Looking for a good mid luxury watch at or under $1300.. I ran across a Baume and Mercier watch at $1,075 after various discounts.. I'm a watch novice and did some research on here from some old threads and I found that it might not be the greatest quality and not worth a 2k price tag. My question is it worth a 1k price tag and if not what is it worth? Also what other mid market luxury watches are worth a 1k price tag? Thanks for the help guys!
     
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    No they are not.
     
  3. chocsosa

    chocsosa Well-Known Member

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    ok.. then are there any watches in the 1k-15k region that are worth the price tag?
     
  4. chocsosa

    chocsosa Well-Known Member

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    I mean 1.5k region
     
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    Look into Omega. Hamilton offers selections ranging from $500-$1,000. The Jazzmaster is their most popular watch. Add Stowa to the list
     
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    I like Baume et Mercier as long as you get an automatic at the right price. They have the same ETA movements as many others, including Hamilton. I'm guessing that $1100 classima is a quartz though, unless you're looking at something used.

    What kind of watch are you looking for? Dress watch, diver, sports etc...

    If you go with Hamilton, check out their Jazzmaster Maestros.
     
  7. Cant kill da Rooster

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    Omega Seamaster yes. Sinn and Longines also.
     
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    I was looking into Longines as well but I was not able to get a lot of info off the forum... what can you compare it too in terms of quality? Is it better than Baume and Mercier? Or is it better than a Hamilton Jazzmaster because I have seen a couple of those that are good..
     
  9. chocsosa

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    Looking for a dress watch for work Red
     
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    They are OK at $500=600 but carry a bargain basement stigma even at that price. So, spend more and consider an entry level Omega, Breitling, Sinn
     
  11. chocsosa

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    yea but you are talking another 1.5k to 2k.. totally out of my budget right now.. the most I can probably pay is 1800... and I dont want to go to ebay (which seems to be the only online venue that will provide those specific watches at those prices) because I have heard most of those deals are shams...unless someone can recommend an ebay seller that is reputable that will provide said deals..
     
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    I haven't checked on watch prices in several months. At $1.8k you might be able to snag a omega speed master professional used. Put that beauty on a brown croc strap = pure sex
     
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    Really depends on the watch itself. The column wheel is nice but out of your price range. I also really like the Legend Diver but not really a dress watch.

    FYI I saw a Stowa Marine in great shape on Timezone for $675. Came with 2 unused OEM straps as well. Might want to check that out.
     
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    I wouldn't buy b&m... they're shit.
     
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    The problem with watch shopping is people will always tell you to jump up in price to get that extra quality.

    Check out Nomos. German made with all in house movements.
     
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    That's an awfully bold statement without any sort of reasoning to follow it. Do you care to elaborate? I'm very curious to hear the opposition as it's very unusual to hear that B&M watches aren't worth the price. 90% of watch connaisseurs (or anyone that knows anything about timepieces) would agree with me when I say that it's a great starter watch.

    For the record, I have a Baume et Mercier Capeland S in my collection.

    You get a hell of a lot for the value and it's one of the best starter watches out there. First of all, B&M is owned by the Ritchmond Group which also owns Mont Blanc, Cartier, etc. It's not a cheap watch nor does it have a cheap name/reputation.

    Larger 41.5mm Face
    Automatic ETA / Valjoux movement-For the record, the same movement they put in B&Ms they also put in Breitlings.
    Saphire Crystal
    Screw down signed crown
    The signed deployant strap and bracelet I own are well made and have held up to abuse.
     
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    Yeah but are they any better at a $1100 than a $500 Jazzmaster? Or an $800 Longines Conquest?

    I don't think they are shit and vintage ones are quite nice, but I don't think the new ones are interesting. Also, my guess is that he is being offered a quartz at that price.
     
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    Yup! So the general census is HELL NO!! lol.. got it! Thanks guys.. Ill think Ill go to ebay and see if I can spot some vintage omega's from top rated sellers... hopefully can find a diamond in the ruff..
     
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    I would encourage you to use TimeZone or Watchnet over Ebay for a few reasons.

    1. Less likely to get ripped off (still use caution when buying online).
    2. Pricing is better on TZ.
    3. TZ sellers are more responsive and give a better indication of condition.
     
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