Magrette Regattare Vintage Limited Edition Watch

Magrette Regattare Vintage Limited Edition Watch

Magrette Regattare Vintage Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

New Zealand is probably one of the last places in the world that comes to mind when you think of watches. However, this small country, tucked far away in the corner of the world, is home to Magrette Watches. Having reviewed a few of their watches in the past, we are no strangers to Magrette and we especially like their take on affordable and unique watches as well as some of their higher-end offerings sporting quirky-cool Maori art engravings. We now look at their most basic model to-date, an attractive mechanical watch with a price point under $400.

 Magrette Regattare Vintage Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Their latest watch is called the Regattare Vintage, a watch which is based on the original Regattare but incorporates vintage-style design elements. The Regattare Vintage has a 44mm cushion-shaped case done in a style which reminds me of Panerai’s new Radiomir 1940 watches, but with much more sharply curved lugs. The case is made out of bead-blasted stainless steel and then given a PVD coating. One thing I noticed was that the screw down crown is not PVD treated and hence looks a tad out of place compared with the rest of the watch. Despite the stainless screw down crown, it must be noted that the watch is water resistant to just 30m (the standard Regattare is water resistant to 500m), so it’s probably best to be careful when around water.


 Magrette Regattare Vintage Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Vintage design elements include what Magrette calls a “brown vintage style dial” that is decorated with large faded yellow hour numerals and indices, as well as the words “Magrette” just under 12 o’clock and “Regattare” above 6 o’clock. The position of the words give the dial a nicely balanced look. To complete the vintage look, the Regattare Vintage has gold hands with ecru lume and a slightly domed sapphire crystal. Although sapphire is highly scratch resistant and thus more practical, I believe an acrylic crystal would enhance the vintage credentials and qualities of the watch.

Magrette Regattare Vintage Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Powering the watch is a Miyota 8215, a non-hacking 21-jewel movement that beats at 21,600 bph. It’s nothing to shout about, but it is widely used and it is known to be a reliable and affordable movement. Miyota’s more accomplished 9015 movement would have been preferred, but that would probably drive costs up, so it’s a fair compromise. Having said that, Magrette does use the 9015 movement in some of their watches.

Magrette Regattare Vintage Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Speaking of which, the Magrette Regattare Vintage is the brand’s most affordable watch yet, carrying a $385 price tag (will be a bit more than $400 after shipping). If you are interested, you ought to act quick because the Regattare Vintage is limited to just one hundred pieces. The watch will come in a pinewood box, with a black canvas roll case and two additional straps. All in all, we think it's pretty good value for money.

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  • Fraser Petrick

    Handsome piece. Any watch that looks like chocolate – Willy Wonka would wear it –  is fine by me. And that water resistance to only 30 meters is still okay, as my above ground pool is only four feet deep.

  • Ulysses31

    It’s a nice looking watch with a thick quality strap at a somewhat reasonable price (considering the brand), but the WR is garbage.  Most $50 or more quartz watches will do that depth by default.  Even running this thing under a tap would be dangerous (due to the difference between static and dynamic pressure).  It’ll withstand the rain but not swimming or a bath.

  • realfinks

    To me it looks like a Panerai that met a Victorinox.  I respect the attraction.  However, it does nothing for me personally.

  • DG Cayse

    A nicely made and sensibly priced piece. Looks like it hits the right marketing demographic with its slight nod to the ‘homage’ trade and its wristability (yes – I just made that word up).
    “that water resistance to only 30 meters is still okay, as my above ground pool is only four feet deep.”….lol…well played. I suspect that WR level is enough for most potential buyers of this piece. Although I, personally, would like to see a rubber gasketed screw-in crown on this.

  • mcv1973a

    It’s nice… but I prefer my Regattare Chronograph. I’ve had it over a year and it has endured all the abuse I can throw at a 500M WR watch.

  • marbstiu

    a bland post-panerai-era panerai wannabe

  • Kris C

    bleh. This brand has done much better than this before, even in this price range. This looks rushed to production, with the crown and screw bars being left behind on PVD day, and the strap that looks like it was $2 on eBay. Next.

  • Kris C I agree… I think they’ve proven that they can do better and this feels like a step back. The lousy WR (even their 1st gen. were 50m) the movement (why not use 9015) and the poo-colored strap…not an attractive combo…
    This sort of worked with the bronze case but black pvd with brown dial and a bin-part construction is a no go.

  • Lesthepom

    When companies start building to a price rather than to a quality it is a slippery slope that is hard to clime back up lowering there standards with the 30m water resistance and the cheep looking strap most of Magrette watches have a touch of some thing different this one has a touch of cheapness about it I have admired the look of most of the other Magerette watches but this one just does not fit a big step back I think