Magrette Regattare Bronze Watch

Magrette Regattare Bronze Watch

Magrette Regattare Bronze Watch   watch releases

The newest limited edition watch from New Zealand based Magrette is this Regattare Bronze (technically called the Ragattare Vintage Bronze), and there is a lot to love here. The Regattare collection is one of Magrette’s mainstay models that have seen numerous versions and revisions over the years. Now in bronze, collectors and style aficionado’s get an interesting case material option at+ a solid price.

Magrette Regattare Bronze Watch   watch releases

Bronze is not typically used for watch cases but 2010 and 2011 saw a range of bronze watches being released for the collector’s market. It would be a tough material to sell to the mainstream given the metal’s tendency to oxidize – which is exactly why some collector’s like the material though. Bronze develops a patina over time (not that much time) that appears like discoloration on the metal. This is valued to some collectors as their watch will not only look unique (no two age the same) but also because the aging will help the timepiece look like a vintage item.

Magrette Regattare Bronze Watch   watch releases

Magrette Regattare Bronze Watch   watch releases

Magrette Regattare Bronze Watch   watch releases

For the 44mm wide Regattare case Magrette uses CuSn8 bronze. It is an alloy of copper and highly resistant to ocean climate corrosion. It comes as no surprise then that bronze has traditionally been used a lot on boats where corrosion is particularly an issue to due ocean water and air. The Regattare Bronze will be at home on boat decks such as that.

Bronze looks a bit like gold, but the finish and color are not the same. Bronze of course is much less expensive and more “tool” than “luxury.” In going along with the bronze case Magrette places an attractive brown colored dial on the watch as well. This warms up the look and offers a new style to the collection of Regattare watches out there. Another little change is the removal of the seconds hand. Here Magrette plays with the look of the dial to give it a more simple, minimalist feel. The term “BRONZE” is also added to the dial.

Magrette Regattare Bronze Watch   watch releases

Magrette Regattare Bronze Watch   watch releases

Magrette Regattare Bronze Watch   watch releases

The case is water resistant to 50 meters (there are other Magrette watches with a lot more water resistance) and over the dial is an AR coated sapphire crystal. Inside the watch is a Japanese Miyota automatic movement. On the caseback is a unique piece of Ancient Kauri wood that has been “burned” with the specific number of the watch in this limited edition. You can read more about Magrette’s use of Ancient Kauri wood here. The watch comes on a black leather strap but I think a brown leather strap would also look very nice. Magrette will offer the Regattare Vintage Bronze as a limited edition of 1000 pieces. Price is very reasonable at $385 plus shipping.

Learn more or pre-order/order here.

Magrette Regattare Bronze Watch   watch releases

Tech specs from Magrette:

Model: Reggattare Vintage Bronze
Movement: 21 jewels (Miyota) Automatic
Case: Bronze, brush finish, 44mm excluding the crown.
Crown: Screw down
Crystal: Sapphire, AR (anti reflective) coated inside the crystal
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx 132ft)
Strap: 24mm Leather (black with black stitching)
Box: Eco pine
Vintage Style Roll Case: Canvas
Limited Edition: 1000 pieces
Price: $385.00 USD plus $30.00 shipping worldwide.

9 comments
eric
eric

i guess eric's think alike. i also held off on purchasing the moana pacific diver, but the bronze attracted me enough to make it my first magrette. i have been wanting a magrette for some time and cannot wait for this to arrive. i wasn't crazy about the brown dial at first, but it began to grow on me as i kept looking at it over and over. i would prefer an ivory dial, but can't be too picky for the price. i also ordered two toshi straps (matte black and fudge - both with natural stitching) to replace the stock strap with the red lining.

kris c
kris c

Why is the buckle not bronze? Thats a silly oversight.

Chris
Chris

Aw come on, Ariel! I've been really good for a while about indulging my watch habit and you go and post this. Magrette has been on my radar for a while as have bronze watches ever since Gerald Genta released a line of them.

I think I need this. I want you to know, you're taking food out of the mouths of my attorney's children when you do things like this.

Eric
Eric

I was close to buying their Mona Pacific Diver, but held off. This combination was hard to resist, so it will be my first Magrette watch.

Roger
Roger

This is a great option for me. I've been keen on a bronze case, and the other choices were:
Anonimo ($3k?), Helson ($1200) or, wait for it, a bronze-plated Jorg Gray (200 bucks). I agree though, 50 m water resist isn't ideal, but I still think it's a great price for a really nice watch from a passionate bunch of guys. I get that a Miyota isn't quite as good as an ETA 2824, but from what I've read there isn't that much in it. I say nice work Magrette!

Russ
Russ

I think once the bronze starts to develop it's patina, the brown dial will prove to be a good choice. One of the bronze Helson Shark Divers had a brown dial and after some aging (man induced or natural), it looked like a great fit.

Neil
Neil

I have to agree with Ulysses about the dial color and the w/r. I certainly would prefer a white dial, the kind that goes with everything including bronze or even a black dial although I'm not sure how good black and bronze would look. My largest gripe is its w/r. It uses marine grade bronze, it looks like a dive watch, would it have been too much to give it at least a 100m w/r so that it could be used while swimming? Even with the brown dial at 100m w/r I would own this watch at 50m w/r not so sure.

Ulysses
Ulysses

It's a nice enough watch with a lovely thick leather strap. The dial colour isn't to my particular taste, and fifty-metres water resistance is hardly impressive but at that price it's hard to complain. This would look amazing with some of that traditional engraving.

admin
admin

You attorney is complaining to you that your presentation to him of desirable watches is forcing him to spend money that would otherwise go for food for his kids?! Just trying to get the facts straight.

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