My favorite aspect of this model is the crisp white sandwich dial. For those reading who are not familiar with a sandwich dial, it means that there are two dials laid into the case, one underneath that normally has lume applied to it, (such as this does), and then a second or main dial that is placed on top with stenciled numbers, so you can see the lume from underneath. This allows much more lume paint to be applied than normal, because they have an entire dial surface to use, as opposed to just markers or numbers themselves. Protecting the dial is a double domed sapphire crystal with an inner AR coating.
And when it comes to lume, look out! This Magrette is a contender in the lume category, and might even dish out a few knockouts to the competition. It glows bright, lasts for many hours in the darkness, and is evenly applied on both the cutout numbers and the hands.
The movement used is one I have discussed many times here, and because of availability issues of the ETA movements, the Miyota 9015 has become the go to movement for many micro brands. For those not familiar, it’s listed specs are:
- Automatic winding and hand winding
- 28.800 BPH
- 24 Jewels
- Hour, minute and sweeping second hands
- Second stop mode (hacking function) when setting time
- Shock absorber for balance staff
- Running time of more than 42 hours when fully wound
On my 7-½ inch wrist, it fits great and is very comfortable. The included leather straps, one tan and one black with lorica backing are very soft and comfortable, but I have to say they are a little on the short side. I feel comfortable saying they would fit at best up to an 8-inch wrist, but that might even be a bit of a stretch. Unlike some companies, Magrette pays close attention to small details, like the buckle. You will not get a standard thumbnail buckle here, but rather a beautiful CNC buckle with the Magrette M logo on top.
With this being dubbed a travel watch, how fitting is it that Magrette has packaged this in their new leather travel case, that is made from soft black leather with microfiber and tan suede lining. It has an area for your watch, elastic bands to hold extra straps and an extra leather pouch that can hold even more straps, tools or even another watch. This is my favorite kind of packaging because not only is it useful, but can be stored easily. These travel cases can be purchased separately as well for $58.
This is one of those watches that I just do not have anything bad to say about it. With the exception of the on the short side straps, the Magrette Dual Time is a beautiful watch with high quality materials and great execution. When you factor in all you get for the price, the two straps, the luxurious travel case and a great looking and well finished case and dial, it is hard to argue why Magrette has become so popular among us watch enthusiasts and collectors over the past few years.
If the white dial is not your speed, this version comes in a black dial, and if you like PVD better, an olive green or tobacco brown dial. You can see all variations of the Magrette Dual Time HERE . Thank you to Dion and Magrette for providing this new model for review, and please leave your comments below.
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