The Marloe Beacon Morar automatic dive watch is a brand new model released by Marloe Watch Company based in the UK, with british design. The watch itself is a more casual diver in my opinion but is tested too 310M enabling it to be a true and useful companion on your deep dives. The case is solid 316L steel
and finished with a very neat bead blast. In terms
of dimensions it wears rather true to size at 40MM wide and 48MM lug to lug. The case also features a very sturdy screw down crown with great action and construction which is surrounded by large crown guards for extra protection. In terms of weight it is certainly not extremely heavy nor light with a total weight coming in at 101 Grams. Its a nice balance whether the leather or standard rubber strap is equipped and I do not get a top heavy feeling, which is a good thing. The caseback is rather interesting because it is engraved with the Spirit of the Loch ( Loch Morar is situated on the NW cosst of Lochaber in the West Highlands and is the main port for the small isles and Skye ). The "Morag" create which is seen engraved on the screw down caseback is said to have lived in this Loch for centuries and is around 30 feet long.
The grainy blueish/grey dial is rather interesting as we have sea shells shaped as the lumed markers and nice bold rectangular hands in orange and white. Other small details suchbas the 310 which pops out a bit really make this watch unique and unlike any other. We do get s genuine sapphire crystal along with a 120 Click bezel which features no backplay and lines up just fine to the 12:00 position. Now getting to the lume - the lume is actually quite potent and lasts some time as a true dive watch should. They used a combination of BGW9 and C3 superluminova which creates a nice contrast.
Powering the Beacon is the trusted and robust japanese made Miyota 8039 automatic caliber. It is essentially a miyota 9015 without the date complication. This movement features 24 jewels, hacking, and beats at 4 HZ just like an ETA 2824. The power reserve is reasonable at 40 hours and in terms
of accuracy I am getting around +6 seconds a day which is very good in my book. This movement was definitely a good choice as It helps keep costs down especially for smaller companies not producing thousands of watches each quarter.
Supplied Silicon Strap
Now - there are two options for straps with Marloe - I opted for the silicon band which is actually really comfortable and fits my 6.5" just fine with a lot of extra space incase you have a large wrist of lets say 8". The quality is decent and the strap
contains some perforated holes for breathability when on wrist. However, I think they could of upgraded the strap a bit to perhaps a nice vanilla scented genuine rubber strap and It would of gave the watch a much more luxurious feel for this $535 pricepoint. They do however have an option for a leather band which seems a bit higher end..
Furthermore, the Morar Beacon is certainly not your run of the mill Diver as it has many key characteristics that separates itself from the rest. It truly is its' own thing and is not trying to be something it's not. I like the unique details such as the shell shaped markers and multi colored lume, as well as the Loch engraved on the caseback. I think if you are in the market for a robust automatic diver and want to be a bit different from the rest - It is not a bad choice.