IWC Portofino vs Omega De Ville Prestige vs Baume My Classima

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Hi all,

I'm looking at purchasing a watch, and was wondering if anyone had any opinions on the following models?

IWC Portofino (https://www.watches-of-switzerland.co.uk/IWC-Porto...)
Omega De Ville Prestige (https://www.watches-of-switzerland.co.uk/Omega-De-...)
Baume & Mercier My Classima (https://www.watches-of-switzerland.co.uk/Baume-and...)
I'm predominantly interested in having a nice timepiece to wear to formal events, and things like church on Sunday, but would also be interested in wearing it to internships/work (potentially in IB - if I can land offers!) in the future. Are all these watches appropriate in this regard (i.e. professional, classy, understated, not too flashy etc)? Or could the IWC/Omega be a bit too much?

The watches do vary considerably in their price - with the IWC costing PS3,950, the Omega PS2,570, and the Baume PS820. Is this justified by the differences in how the watches are perceived, the quality of craftsmanship, the watch movements, how long-lasting they are etc?

I remember seeing a previous topic where someone posted something along the lines of "buy a $100 Casio/Swatch, or a $3000+ mechanical watch: don't bother with anything in between". Is this a fair statement, and if so, is buying the Baume futile as it's one of these "in-between" watches with a quartz movement and which is not as respected as, say, an IWC/Omega?

Finally, does anyone believe any of these models will hold their value well in, say, the next 5/10/20 years?

Many thanks in advance!!

Comments (15)

Aug 8, 2019

I would go with the IWC. I've eyeing an IWC for quite some time. The Mark VII la petit prince is on my radar. I still have yet to spend > $500 on a one single watch, but when I do this will more than likely be my choice.

Omega is a great brand, but with all the limited editions they have done recently and seeing so many Speedmasters around makes me not want to buy something from them. The quality is great don't though get me wrong though.

Baume and Mercier seems very blah to me. I think you would be better off getting a Fredrick Constant and saving a little coin personally. Again nothing against B&M just not something I would advocate for personally.

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Aug 8, 2019

IWC is a much better watch than the other two. I would also look into pre-owned watches, you get more for your money. You can get a pre-owned reverso for the same price as the new IWC and the reverso is completely made in house and anyone that knows about watch will be impressed by the watch.

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Aug 9, 2019

I wear this
https://www.amazon.com/Invicta-8926OB-Stainless-Au...
But also have a gold Deville.

I like both, but honestly I don't want to beat up my Deville because I am pretty active and would dent and scratch it if I wore it as my daily.

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Aug 9, 2019

Thanks everyone - appreciate your insight.

Sounds like the IWC is worth the extra money. I'll look into pre-owned as well; and I think it's also possible to buy them VAT-free at the airport - so that may save quite a bit too.

Thanks also for the suggestions of the Reverso and of having a separate watch for day-to-day use. I wear an Apple watch for day-to-day. I like wearing it, and it's very functional, but I guess I've always wanted a formal "dress" watch; I also gather Apple watches are generally a no-no for work in banking too (https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/apple-watch...)

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Aug 9, 2019
jnx123:

Thanks everyone - appreciate your insight.

Sounds like the IWC is worth the extra money. I'll look into pre-owned as well; and I think it's also possible to buy them VAT-free at the airport - so that may save quite a bit too.

Thanks also for the suggestions of the Reverso and of having a separate watch for day-to-day use. I wear an Apple watch for day-to-day. I like wearing it, and it's very functional, but I guess I've always wanted a formal "dress" watch; I also gather Apple watches are generally a no-no for work in banking too (https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/apple-watch...)

Reverso is a great suggestion. Only thing to note here is i think all Reverso models are manual wind and not automatic.

Aug 9, 2019

Get some gold cufflinks while you're at it. They're gonna love ya, kiddo!

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

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Aug 9, 2019

Forget about IWC, it is overpriced and with Baume & Mercier one you can get the same at a much lower price. I recommend you to look at Maurice Lacroix which has similar models and on my opinion much more solid and better looking (and in B&M Price range).

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Aug 9, 2019

You know what serves the same function and is even less expensive? A Casio. OP is looking to brandwhore

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

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Aug 9, 2019

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Aug 9, 2019

I'm a big baume guy. My first and currently only real nice watch is a Clifton (the prior model, not the current one). Big fan.

Aug 9, 2019

I personally can't stand the black band and navy face but IWC all the way!

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Aug 9, 2019

Based on your post you don't seem to know (or care for / appreciate) the difference between automatic / quartz movements. That's not a bad thing, just a state of being in the sense that you're interest in watches isn't very developed yet.

Because of this, I'd recommend the Baume. Clearly you're going for a certain look with these 3, and since you haven't done (at least I'm assuming) much research on movements, brands, calibre, price (you link the same website for all 3), I don't think you're at the point where you should buy an automatic watch.

Read, become interested, obsessed, etc. before making a bigger purchase. I'm assuming you're still in school, not much income, 4k PS is a lot to spend on your entry level watch (and to be honest I don't think any of these are worth it at this price point given the breadth of options out here) if you haven't done a lot of research.

I said it before in a prior thread... any purchase you make should be either a "fuck yeah I 10000% know I want this" or a pass. Nothing in between.

Good luck!

Aug 12, 2019

The Baume et Mercier is the better looking watch.

Someone said LeCoutre Reverso, and I wold agree. Also, a Cartier Tank is sure to turn heads by everyone. Despite these winding watches they are very classic and subtle.

Aug 12, 2019

how big is your wrist? what is your preferred size?

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