Model # Moana Pacific PVD
Brand/Model: Magrette Moana Pacific Regattare PVD Automatic
Movement: Japanese automatic
Material: PVD stainless steel case, leather strap
Price: MSRP: $500 USD; street price around $350 USD
Plenty of photos follow the review. Click on the pictures to enlarge.
When I started seeing the Magrette watch brand pop up on several watch forums the last few months, I became mildly intrigued. Here is a small, boutique brand out of all places, Auckland, New Zealand (City of Sails, as is proudly proclaimed on the caseback), producing limited edition, limited run watches of acceptable quality and somewhat unique designs. The company has been around since 2006 and was founded by a chap named Dion McAsey, who actually signs the warranty cards that are enclosed with the watches one purchases.
Cons: lack of a seconds hand bothersome to some, crystal too thick/domed – needs anti-reflective coating to reduce glare, crown and buckle not PVD coated
Verdict: another watch in a long line of Panerai-inspired designs from a myriad of manufacturers, this one stands out with high quality and a more individualized, unique approach, but tends to get pricey with just a Japanese automatic inside. If you must have one, you’ll do fine, but there are better values out there.
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