Magrette Chronograph Watches

Magrette Chronograph Watches

Magrette Chronograph Watches   watch releases

Magrette of New Zealand has just released two watches for pre-order that are the brand's first chronograph watches. The watches contain the same movement and share similar cases, but have their differences. The first watch is the Magrette Moana Pacific Chronograph PVD and the second is the Magrette Regattare Chronograph.

With their first chronograph watch Magrette did not want to alienate its loyal followers by pricing the watch too high. At the same time the movement needed to be interesting and useful. Magrette turned to the actually quite impressive Seagull TY-2901 manually wound 30 minute chronograph movement. This is a Chinese made replica of an older movement called the Venus 175. Another watch that used this movement was the Techne Sparrow Hawk that I reviewed here. The Sparrow Hawk sold very well and I attribute that to people liking the nice mixture of interest and value in the movement.

Magrette Chronograph Watches   watch releases

Magrette Chronograph Watches   watch releases

Through the exposed caseback you can see the movement - which has the fine look of a vintage chronograph (because it is). It is worth the price just for that. The watch cases are 44mm wide and in steel. The Moana Pacific Chronograph PVD has a black coated case and rotating diver's bevel. The bezel is actually in black ceramic - which is a first for the brand I believe. The flange ring on the Moana Pacific Chronograph PVD is of a minute scale. On the Regattare Chronograph it is a tachymeter scale.

Both watches have the same dial and both have the same depth rating of 500 meters - pretty cool with the sapphire crystal caseback. For water tightness, the chronograph pushers are screw down. It is interesting how Magrette released two chronograph models right at the same time - each with enough differences to be separate models, but also also similar enough to be in the same product family. They certainly did a good job at making the Moana Pacific version feel more like a dive watch and the Regattare version look more racing inspired.

Magrette Chronograph Watches   watch releases

While the prices are a bit different, fans of the chronograph watches from Magrette will ultimately choose the style that they like best. Be it the cleaner polished and brushed steel Regattare or the more sporty and black Moana Pacific Chronograph PVD. Magrette will produce each of them as a limited edition of 1000 pieces. Price for the Magrette Moana Pacfiic Chronograph PVD will be $545 and the Magrette Regattare Chronograph will be $498.

16 comments
wheels1000
wheels1000

I know the feeling....................

I think it keeps good time too.  It's getting to the point where I'm not sure it matters  !!

Mitch M
Mitch M

My Regattare Chronograph came today, as eagerly anticipated.  What a totally classy timepiece this is. Every detail about it says QUALITY!  Even the smell of the new leather mixed with the scent of the nice wooden box it came in is intoxicating. I'm thoroughly pleased with it, to say the least.

wheels1000
wheels1000

I have just received my Magrette RC and it is everything I expected. Just love the quality. I don't find the unscrew to wind tedious as it just adds user enjoyment and I'm not concerned about cross threading as its very closely fitted . You can always give it a half turn back just to pick up the thread.  Arrived with wrap in a timber box. Wonderful.

Mitch M
Mitch M

I just a few days ago ordered a Magrette Regattare Chrono which, according to my tracking info, is en route from NZ to Canada as I write this. Woo Hoo!  Very much looking forward to seeing it in person.  I've always thought that Magrette makes very high quality yet affordable timepieces.

EdwardSkompski
EdwardSkompski

Just received my Moana Pacific Chrono PVD and it is a great watch. Keeping great time, and it is a looker... this watch for the money, will deliver.......

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Sure, I'll bite - why not. That's a pretty low-risk buy. 500m WR is impressive for $500, especially with a display back. They should have done one of these in brass (which they used to call bronze).

AndrewLau
AndrewLau

Ariel, thanks for writing about this. I think that the PVD chrono with the ceramic bezel is great value for the asking price! Being a kiwi myself, it's nice to see a NZ company in this vast business of watches. It would be nice if there was there some maori engravings (like on some of their other watches) on this model to reinforce the NZ connection but the price would really shoot up past what I would be willing to pay.Anyway my pre-order is already in!

 

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Heard nothing but good things about SeaGull movements.  They're not your typical cheap garbage movements.  They get the job done, but having seen larger pictures of this movement on other sites (you can't see full resolution images on this site for whatever reason) some of the bridges look really ropey and the polishing/grinding quite uneven.  For the price though it's hard to argue with the functionality you get, and Magrette put out nice watches in general.

CG
CG

Great layout and simple modernist styling but ChiCom in origin... never had any luck with THAT!

cluedog12
cluedog12

Nice designs - I've heard only good things with regards to the Seagull chronographs movements. The only issue is maintenance, which will cost in the same order of magnitude as the watch itself.

SimeonWeinraub
SimeonWeinraub

These are very good looking watches. I appreciate how Magrette has specific, simple, and identifiable style. I do have a question about the movement. How much more would these watches cost with a Swiss or Japanese automatic (Sellita or Miyota) movement? And would they be better watches?

shinytoys
shinytoys

Seagull movements are sweet. In many cases, they are clones of Unitas pieces of days gone by. They are super smooth, well laid out, and nice to look at. They also serve as a powerful source for part manufacturers to many extremely expensive watches that we all know and love, and one day aspire to own. Do some research, you'd be pleased. Although I can't get anyone to confirm this, but I own 3 Stuhrling World Voyagers . These pieces are built like fine precision instruments, and the movements are marketed under "Lexus" branding. No relation to the car. (Stuhrling haters  need not apply until you own one yourself, not what you might of heard. ) I'm speaking directly to the auto-winders and the fully manual winders. Check them out...  

avdejesus
avdejesus

I've always wanted to have a Magrette...are Seagull movements really worth it? Being Asian myself (I've never really had a good experience with some products that are made in China). Not all though. Is a Seagull an exception perhaps?

Mitch M
Mitch M

 @wheels1000 That's good to hear. My Maggy is due to arrive in two days from now, according to the tracking info.  I think the rest of my collection will be taking a well deserved rest once it gets here. lol

tim_s
tim_s

 @avdejesus  I have had a seagull manual wind movement and can honestly say it kept incredible time and wound with a very satisfying feel. I also have two vintage venus manual wind movements, they picked a great one to copy for this watch. hats off for going with manual wind which i love and also the price point - very attractive (shame about the cushion style case which isnt for me)

avdejesus
avdejesus

 @tim_s Thanks for the info Tim! Eversince I came to appreciate watches, I've only been seeing positive things mostly on Valjoux's, ETAs and Miyotas.