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    Oris vs. Hamilton

    Which brand has more perceived prestige?

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    Re: Oris vs. Hamilton

    Have to go with Oris on this one. Not like im unbiased or anthing... but still. I think this ? is pretty cut n dried.
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    Re: Oris vs. Hamilton

    I think Hamilton might have more history.

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    Re: Oris vs. Hamilton

    Oris was founded in 1904. Hamilton was... 1890-something? Pretty close.
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    Re: Oris vs. Hamilton

    These days I would say ...Oris. If we're talking "perceived" prestige in the general public (I'm assuming), to me that translates to advertising. I see way more Oris ads than Hamilton ads. And the Oris ads often list the MSRP of the watch, which I'm sure has an effect on some people. They're both very nice watches though.
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    Re: Oris vs. Hamilton

    If "perceived prestige" is the only issue: ORIS.

    Hamilton - under the Swatch Group hat - will catch up, I am sure of that.
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    I believe the Oris line overall is considerably more expensive.
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    Re: Oris vs. Hamilton

    Among the non-nerds; Hamilton. Me to.
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    Re: Oris vs. Hamilton

    If I'm not mistaken, Hamilton has more history involved with uses in the military and with regulating the traffic on the railroads.
    Oris has more expensive watches, different styles, more advertising and marketing, and more contemporary visibility.
    They're both great brands, with different identities.
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    Re: Oris vs. Hamilton

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul December View Post
    I believe the Oris line overall is considerably more expensive.
    It's difficult to say - Hamilton is only really sold in the US (though there is a sprinkling of outlets in central Europe and SE Asia). As such, it's rather like comparing the price of American cars with the price of worldwide cars sold in the US. If the American car was built with world markets in mind (for example, requiring advertising and promotion material in 20 or 30 languages, instead of one or two), it would be considerably more expensive. Better to compare Oris with another brand featuring worldwide distribution and exposure, such as Longines.
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