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I think they're both about on equal ground as far as "prestige" and "respect" are concerned, assuming your referring to quality and mean within the context of these forums. Both use base ETA movements, saphire crystal and are nicely finished.

In the real world (and depending on where you roam), most people probably won't be familiar with either of the two brands. Then again, most people will never even notice your watch. If I had to give a slight edge to either, I'd probably suggest that Baume et Mercier is slightly more recognizable on the streets....but that's specific to my neck of the woods. Heck, I have to drive nearly 4 hours just to find the nearest ML dealer....but our local Torneau carries Baume et Mercier, so people here are somewhat familiar with the brand (generally speaking).

If by "prestige" you mean in regard to perceived social status, well....that's a slippery slope. Like I said, in the real world, very few will notice or care. On the forums...let's just say everyone has seen it all and nobody is ever impressed. Either way, it's a no-win scenerio.

At the end of the day, they're both nice watches. The only way to make a bad choice is to let others dictate your decision. Buy what you like the best...after all, you're the only one who will ever really be looking at it.
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