Same movement, 2K difference? Tissot vs Baume & Mercier
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    Same movement, 2K difference? Tissot vs Baume & Mercier

    Hello, Everyone!

    I own Tissot LeLocle automatic but considering going for a better watch.

    My Tissot now looks too small on my wrist, and its movement broke down for no reason after 18 months of use (luckily, it was still under warranty), so I thought to get something of better quality and appearance.

    After doing lots of research and trying different watches, I decided to buy Baume & Mercier Classima 8731.

    But when I checked the movements, it looks to be exactly same ETA 2824-2 !! Tissot is retailing around $600, B&M - $2,700. Do you guys think both have exactly same ETA 2824-2, or it is possible they are different grades? B&M is definitely more beautiful watch, but it is hard to believe they would charge extra $2,100 only for the case. What are your thoughts? Thank you.

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    Re: Same movement, 2K difference? Tissot vs Baume & Mercier

    This topic has been brought up many time before.

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    Re: Same movement, 2K difference? Tissot vs Baume & Mercier

    I explored lots of topics and did lots of search, but couldn't find answers to questions that I asked, more specifically if the Tissot LeLocle and B&M 8731 use exactly same movement. I would appreciate if you point me to relevant topics to find the answer.

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    Re: Same movement, 2K difference? Tissot vs Baume & Mercier

    Did you do a forum search?
    Quote Originally Posted by urartu99 View Post
    I explored lots of topics and did lots of search, but couldn't find answers to questions that I asked, more specifically if the Tissot LeLocle and B&M 8731 use exactly same movement. I would appreciate if you point me to relevant topics to find the answer.

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    Re: Same movement, 2K difference? Tissot vs Baume & Mercier

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    Did you do a forum search?
    "did lots of search"

    I expect that's a yes.
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    Re: Same movement, 2K difference? Tissot vs Baume & Mercier

    You need to ask B&M and Tissot what 2824-2 grade they are using, you now the ETA 2824-2 is available in standard, elaboré, top and COSC + soigné, super soigné finish. Most brands are not communication the grades used. So an email is the only option to shed some light.

    However, even if different grades of ETA 2824-2 are used this would not justify a price difference of 2k.
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    Re: Same movement, 2K difference? Tissot vs Baume & Mercier

    I would tend to think the B&M was using a better grade movement. Aside from that, there are many things other than the movement cost that go into determining the retail price of a watch. The cost of the movement is actually rather minor in the big scheme of things.

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    Re: Same movement, 2K difference? Tissot vs Baume & Mercier

    Thanks for all the answers.

    Yes, I also inclined to believe that B&M would use better grade, but need to be sure. What is clear, B&M has much more beautiful case, dial and also and alligator strap, that definitely makes it more expensive watch. Still, they should go for a better grade than ETA 2824-2 - standard.

    I just dropped an email to B&M customer service - will let you guys know if I get any answer.

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    Re: Same movement, 2K difference? Tissot vs Baume & Mercier

    There is a lot more to the watch than the movement....There was a thread 2 weeks ago on a similar topic
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/most...a-2679810.html
    You'll find that same movement can be found in watches many $K more expensive than the Tissot. Granted many of those movements are modified to such a degree that they are no longer recognizable.
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    Re: Same movement, 2K difference? Tissot vs Baume & Mercier

    Also, what is the actual price of that B&M? Is the 2700 msrp? I am willing to bet that most B&Ms can be had for less than 2k if shop around and negotiate....

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