The screw down case back is nicely engraved with the Magrette logo, and it is done in contrasting finishes of brushed, polished and frosted finish. Magrette always seems to do a great looking case back, and while this one might be on the simple side, it is still very nicely finished.
Under the case back, you have the Miyota 9015 automatic movement powering the watch. The MPP was the first model from Magrette to use the 9015 movement, as previous budget models used the 8215. I am a big fan of the 9015 movement, with its smooth sweep second hand and 50-hour power reserve, it is a welcome addition to the Magrette lineup.
The lume on the dial and hands is not only very bright, but beautiful. Magrette used 3D numbers and markers around the dial, allowing for generous amounts of superluminova to be applied. Unfortunately, in my lume shot you can see the bezel does not really glow at all. The markers on the bezel are applied with a very thin coating of lume paint, and the result, is what you see below. I have always thought of bezel lume as more of a gimmick, or a “cool factor”, so it is not a big deal to me. For sure, you will not have an issue seeing the time at night with the MPP.
Included in the package, are two straps: one molded rubber, and one black leather with matching black stitching. The lugs width is 24mm, so for all you strap guys out there, this is perfect watch to switch out the straps and change up the look. The included leather strap is a smooth black leather, and while a little stiff breaks in nicely. The molded rubber is stamped with the Magrette name and logo, and has a machined dual deployant buckle as well. Personally, while I am a leather strap guy when it comes to most watches, I prefer the molded rubber in this case. It is very soft and flexible, and the buckle is well machined, and good looking if I do say so. Plus, you have the ability to just size it to your wrist once, and then put it on like a bracelet, which allows for less wear and tear on the strap itself.
On the wrist, the cushion style case shape is very comfortable, and while 44mm is not a small watch, I think it would look good on many wrist sizes from small to large. My wrist measures in at 7.5 inches, and I think this is a perfect fit.
In summary, Magrette once again proves that you do not need to spend a lot of money to get a quality watch. With the exception of bezel lume paint, everything else with this model exceeds its price point, which is currently $545 plus shipping. Between the beautiful satin brushed case with high polished accents, the included leather and rubber strap, Miyota 9015 automatic movement, the new zippered travel case, Magrette really has offered not only a great looking watch, but a tremendous value.
Would I purchase or recommend to a friend? Absolutely.
Model: Moana Pacific Professional G14
Movement: 9015 Miyota with hacking seconds
Case diameter: 44mm excluding the crown
Case finish: Brushed Stainless Steel
Bezel: Black ceramic (matt finish).
Crown: Screw down crown.
Crystal: Sapphire (double domed), AR coating.
Dial and hands: Super Luminova C3
Pressure valve: functional pressure escape valve, protecting the watch against pressure differences that can occur below 300 meters of depth
Water-resistance: 500m/1650ft Water resistance
Strap: All new black PU rubber strap with logo, name and customized deployment buckle.
LIMITED EDITION: 500
Price: $545.00 plus $30.00 USD shipping worldwide.
Thank you to Magrette for providing this sample for review.
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