Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Watch Review

Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Watch Review

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Today, we’ll be looking at another great entry into what I’m calling the Office Diver category (more on that in a minute) from our friends over at Magrette.  We first brought you word of the watch late last year (here), and today we’ve got the hands-on review of the Moana Pacific Professional – one of the brand’s best watches yet.  Curious?  Read on!Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

First, a note about that phrase, Office Diver. I’m coining that to classify a watch that, while it’s ostensibly a dive watch (and could be used as such), it’s intended for on-land use.  Yes, you could call it a desk diver, but I think that has some not-so-great connotations of its own.  And, frankly, the rose gold finish on our sample just seemed to call out for a nicer sobriquet.

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With the Moana Pacific Professional, Dion McAsey has taken a proven (and great) concept with his watches (solid designs in cushion cases), and stepped things up a bit.  Interestingly, this is the third watch I’ve reviewed from Magrette, and it’s the third movement I’ve seen.  This time around, it’s the Miyota 9015 automatic, which is a nice heart for the piece.

For those who aren’t familiar with it, Citizen positions it as an alternative to the more well-known ETA movements, stating it falls between the 2824 and 2892.  I’m not a watchmaker, nor am I a movement savant, so I’m going to take their word for it.  I can say that it worked for myself, and I’m always a fan of seeing new alternative movements getting used.

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Of course, those changes are all inside.  Outside are the very visible things that we need to cover.  First and foremost, take a look at the case.  It’s a 44mm steel one, with your choice of PVD coating – black, or a rose gold (which has alternating brushed/polished surfaces) as our sample had.  While I don’t have much gold (in terms of yellow gold) in my own collection, rose gold is a great, how shall I say, compromise material.  It’s a way of getting some excellent color in the mix, if you want a break from silver or black tones, but aren’t ready to jump to yellow gold.

18 comments
LA Frost
LA Frost

I purchased one of these in the black PVD and unlike what was reported below by another commenter, I didn't have any problems with the ordering process. In fact, I received regular updates from Magrette to keep me up to date with the manufacturing process and expected delivery schedule. I don't regret buying it, but there are two things I didn't care for. First, I too think there is an unacceptable amount of play in the bezel. Second, I find the printing on the face and other points to be, well, a bit diffuse - almost fuzzy. Luckily, you don't notice either fault unless you play with the bezel (and who really does use the bezel on a regular basis) or look very, very close at the face. At arm length it looks good and I'll keep it in my rotation. That said, even though I love the design (and the lume is fantastic!), I doubt I'll buy another Magrette.

LapYoda
LapYoda

I think this is a handsome watch, but would prefer that all the gold surface were brushed, or even sandblasted, rather than polished.  The brushed sides tone down the gold, cutting down the blingyness of having a gold watch.  Of course, I still prefer the exquisite engraved Magrette divers, but this one is priced much more attainably.

spiceballs
spiceballs

Not a gold fan, not sure why they have to be 03, 06, 09 except maybe to balance the 12, which they don't, to my eye.  Nice enough hands, case and ceramic bezel but unconvinced with strap/clasp, especially after comments by others.  Good movement IMO and price point ummmm OK, but many other (better, lower cost?) options out there.  

GStuck
GStuck

I purchased this watch(stainless steel version/blue dial) this past Spring and have enjoyed it. No problems with ordering or shipping.  The rubber strap with the clasp was hard to get snapped shut at times, which convinced me to put on other straps with a thumb buckle.  The lume is great on the dial, but the lume on the bezel is very wanting.  I corresponded with Magrette about this and they replied that due to the bezel's construction, more C3 could not be applied.  That's my only major complaint - so definitely a "desk diver."  Overall case fit and finish is well executed, as well as the domed sapphire.  Movement is consistently fast about 6-8 seconds a day.  

allmeads
allmeads

the mona pacific watch is the 3rd Magrette watch that I purchased.  I ordered the pvd model.  the buying experience was very, very poor however.  I placed my deposit and also paid the balance when Dion requested.  I asked, in return for my prompt payments if he could reserve #7 for me.  his email response was yes.  Well, not only did I not get the watch, but I had to send 4 emails; with the threat of claiming mail fraud to my CC company before I got a response.  He told me he forgot to ship the watch, was sorry and it was on its way.  so, while the watch was promised for summer delivery, I got it in late September.  Also, it was not #7 as I requested and the unidirectional bezel has way too much play in it and the deployment clasp attached to the poly

 strap is simply junk.  It will not stay closed.  I feel like the watch Dion sent me was a "factory second."  In summary, I really liked my 2 previous Magrettes, but with this latest watch being such a fail for me, I'm done as a Magrette customer.  Frankly, I cannot recommend this watch or the company behind it.

Shawnnny
Shawnnny

It's a nice watch, especially for the price. A matching case back or better yet, a see through case back would be nice. I really wish they make a brass case version. I'd buy that right now.

danbouchard
danbouchard

Really loving what Magrette has been doing. I like the PVD brown version of this watch. Not a big fan of gold watches as I always get flashbacks of the 80's, Liberace, and people who tend to frequent casinos.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

fake rose gold + hardly finished steel back = phoning it in. Awful, and the watch is ugly. 


Just make the whole thing steel, and you'll improve it immensely. 

Ryan B
Ryan B

Very handsome especially with that deployment clasp. Since I work at a desk and all my watches are divers then I guess that makes me a "desk diver junkie" which is alright by my standards.

mcv1973a
mcv1973a

While not a fan of rose gold even at the best of times, I'd wear this in a flat minute. I just wish they'd throw a bit of that amazing engraving they do around for us mere mortals with limited means...

Le sigh.

phb
phb

Interesting twist from Magrette. Looking at the case it looks almost if not exactly the same as my Benarus Bronze Moray 44, including the escape valve, I wonder if they use the same company.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

To me it looks tacky.  Grey and gold just looks weird.  I feel as though Magrette are starting to lose the plot a bit.  Certainly not one of their classier pieces.

Oelholm
Oelholm

That looks refreshingly different from what you usually see from these sort of companies. Good value! The helium escape valve is NOT what makes this watch a dive watch, btw.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

THAT's what I'm talking about Magrette..drop the 30m-WR-poo-colored-strap-old-Miyota-movement watches and stick to improving the product--like this handsome diver!

Stay classy, Magrette!

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@Ulysses31 The color combo is exactly the same as the AP Lebron James...While I think the AP is just plain wrong, this I think strikes a casual/dressy balance that's hard to achieve with gold. You could do it with white but it could end up too feminine. Black and it's just another black/gold watch.

To me this feels very fresh or phresh or whatever kids are calling it these days ;)

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

@Panagiotis @Ulysses31 Oh, it's way better than the LeBron James thing.  It's just that I don't think matte grey is, for want of a better word, dazzling enough to pair up with gold.  Like Catherine Zeta Jones paired with Michael Douglas - just seems odd to me.