Exclusive: Magrette Regattare 2011 Internal Bezel Diver
August 1, 2011
Based in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand, Magrette makes affordable nautical inspired mechanical timepieces. Their newest wristwatch is the Magrette Regattare 2011. At Magrette, minimalist dials and Panerai-like cases are typical, and the Regattare 2011 is no exception.
The most notable feature of this diver, is an internal dive bezel. Instead of turning an exterior uni-directional bezel, like those seen on most dive watches, the bezel is internal and controlled by a crown. To set your desired time, from 0 to 60, you need to unscrew the crown at 2 o'clock, turn the bi-directional internal bezel to the desired time, via the crown, and then screw the crown back down. It is a convenient feature, and the internal bezel turns very smoothly, however, it should be noted that external rotating bezels are slightly easier to operate, since you do not have to unscrew a crown. However, because of the locking crown, it is not possible to accidentally change the time while underwater, whereas that is a potential issue with external dive bezel timepieces.
Powering the new Regattare is a reliable Japanese Miyota 8215 caliber. If you're wondering how this Magrette is so affordable, the Miyota 8215 caliber is the answer. While not as desirable as a Swiss movement, those looking for a reliable mechanical watch, for about five hundred bucks, should be satisfied. Self-winding mechanical movement with no hand winding. Power reserve is 40 hours.
The Regattare's stainless steel case is 44 mm in diameter and features a mixture of brushed and polished surfaces. Sapphire crystal is double domed and a features a single anti-reflective coating. Dial has race-style numerals, date at 4 o'clock and C3 Superluminova hands and dial. Thanks to screw-down crowns and a solid steel caseback, the Regattare 2011 is water-resistant to an impressive 500 meters (1,640 ft).
Each timepiece comes with two straps, a water-resistant black leather strap with red contrasting underside, and a black rubber strap. Both straps have signed stainless steel buckles. Timepieces are shipped anywhere in the world and presented in a vintage style roll case inside an eco pine display box. Limited to 2011 numbered pieces worldwide.