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    Longines vs Baume et Mercier - Paying for the name

    I'm still a rookie here, but what are your thoughts on paying a pretty significant premium, about 50% of the Longines, for an almost identical Baume et Mercier? Given the similarities, does anyone think the Baume et Mercier is worth the extra cash? We're talking about the Baume et Mercier Classima 8870 and the Longines Master Moonphase L2.673.8.78.3.

    I'm personally leaning towards the Baume but I'm having a really hard time justifying it.

    Any thoughts?
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    Re: Longines vs Baume et Mercier - Paying for the name

    I too was looking at a few watches--Oris worldtimer-Baume classima and a similar Longines....

    what got me was seeing them in person, chose the B&M just was what I liked best.. Personal Preference

    To each their own

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    I'd take the B&M. Can't stand the subdials eating into the numerals on the Longines.

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    Re: Longines vs Baume et Mercier - Paying for the name

    There are tons of watches with that movement. Longines is claiming it to be "in house", so the may have some significant modifications I'm not aware of however.
    B&M makes a nicer dial.
    Sothis has some interesting variations on the theme, if somewhat harder to find.
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    Re: Longines vs Baume et Mercier - Paying for the name

    LOL...
    I prefer the Longines by a mile. The blue in the hands and the moonphase is so much less stodgy then the BandM....
    To each his own I guess...
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    Re: Longines vs Baume et Mercier - Paying for the name

    Where is this claim that there're in-house.
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    There are tons of watches with that movement. Longines is claiming it to be "in house", so the may have some significant modifications I'm not aware of however.
    B&M makes a nicer dial.
    Sothis has some interesting variations on the theme, if somewhat harder to find.

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    I prefer the Longines. Agree that the blued hands look cool.

    Based on the pics, I like the Longines dial better, too. The B&M label looks stuck on, almost as an afterthought. Granted, this is my humble opinion, without seeing either watch in person...

    Have you seen both, and tried them on? Usually when I do that, one or the other will speak louder to me...

    Good luck.

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    the B&M for sure. No competition there.
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    Re: Longines vs Baume et Mercier - Paying for the name

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    the b&m looks rather bland ...

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    Re: Longines vs Baume et Mercier - Paying for the name

    Split down the middle!! Both watches have so many similarities that this might be expected. The main sticking point for me is the rather rather price difference between the two. I've tried on the Longines, but have not yet had the chance to try the BM. I personally find the BM to look cleaner (some may say bland I suppose). Any other/more thoughts on movements, craftmanship, etc that anyone can give this rookie?

    Thanks guys I appreciate all the thoughts!

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