The exhibition case back displays the Miyota movement and has Cotes de Geneve engraved texture. The outer stainless ring around the crystal is also high polished, matching the bezel on the front. A sapphire crystal is used here as well. The movement is a non hacking movement, and anyone familiar with the Miyota 8200 series movements knows it is not the most accurate movement, but is still a well regarded movement in that it is dependable and you should not have to worry about repair or issues for many years.
The bracelet is your standard oyster style bracelet that is all brushed steel to match the case, and uses friction pins to hold the links together. I didn’t have to remove any links for my 7 ½ inch wrist, only a few micro adjustments in the clasp, so if you have a larger wrist than mine I would see if Morpheus has extra links they can provide you with. The lug length is a little long for a watch at the size of 42mm, but it still fits comfortably on my wrist, much like a 42mm Steinhart does.
So lets get more into the culinary aspects of the watch. The dial texture is meant to mimic a skillet surface, and over the open heart on the dial is a stove burner grate. The hands are not your stock or catalog hands are are large and make reading the time very easy. Hour, minute and second hand all have lume applied to them, and this is the only lume on the dial as the applied hour markers and numbers do not have any. A very nice Morpheus Watches logo sits below the 12 on the dial, and under the 3 is “Masterchef Automatic”. So, combined with the other elements I spoke of, the culinary aspects are there, but they are subtle and overall the dial if you did not know what it was to mimic, is still very pleasing to the eye, and I like just the 12 and 3 numbers on the dial, something a little different.
Covering the dial is a domed sapphire crystal with an AR coating. There is still some glare from light, but for the most part it is a nice crystal. The lume on the hands is bright, but not the best I have seen, but still does a decent job and lasts about 2-3 hours or so before fading completely.
So what is my consensus on the Morpheus Fine Watches Culinary Watch? As a former chef, I think it is about time a brand targets chefs and made a watch geared toward them, and I like the design overall. I could do without “Culinary” engraved into the side of the watch, but I’m someone who never cares for things engraved into the side of the cases. I had a few people ask me about the watch when I was wearing it, most saying that is a cool looking watch, and not many knew it had anything to do with culinary until I showed it to them and they saw the side of the case and started looking at it more. Being 42mm, it would be a large watch for most women, but I can see some pulling it off who like large watches. I don’t want to label it as kitschy, as I think it could have been if they had gone with things like knives and forks for hands, and a chef hat on the dial etc. If you are someone who works in the kitchen, or has a passion for cooking, I think you might like the watch a lot. Keep in mind, with its low water resistance and being an all steel watch, it’s more of a watch to represent culinary than one to actually wear in a professional kitchen while cooking.
You can check out other variations of the the Morpheus Fine Watches Culinary watch, with leather straps, or in goldtone as well HERE . Thank you to Morpheus Fine Watches for providing this model for review on WatchReport. Please scroll down and leave us a comment on what you think of the watch.
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