Based in 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.

Magrette Regattare 2011 Internal Bezel Diver
Magrette Regattare 2011 Internal Bezel Diver

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 one reason. 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. The 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 features a single anti-reflective coating. The dial has race-style numerals, a 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).

Magrette Regattare 2011 Internal Bezel Diver caseback
Magrette Regattare 2011 Internal Bezel Diver caseback

Each timepiece comes with two straps, a water-resistant black leather strap with a red-colored 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. The watch Regattare is limited to 2011 numbered pieces worldwide.

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.