Peren, short for “Perennial”, is a brand hailing from Switzerland producing Trannsylvanian inspired timepieces. Their latest creation, the NERA 200M diver is what we have on the table for review today. This watch was designed in a Neo Vintage design code, heavily inspired by the Devil’s Lake which is located in the Nera Gorges region of Transylvania.
Case and Dial
The case is designed with a slight minimalist aesthetic coming in at 39MM with a width of 13.5MM. In terms of lug to lug distance, we are looking at roughly 49MM. The entire case is comprised of solid stainless steel and topped off with a nice sandblasted finish. You may not have noticed, but this watch does contain a Uni-Directional 120 click bezel with a black PVD finish, which matches the black metal dial excellent. On a side note, I love the fact that the 20MM drilled lug holes are on this model as I love swapping out straps regularly. Now the dial is quite simple, minimalist, and legible. There is a matching date window at 3:00 which looks in place and I do not see an issue there. The hands themselves are lumed with blue BGW9 lume and comprised of brass, painted in white. Some nice details are the applied indexes which sit inside cut out sections of the dial. The Peren logo is printed in white below 12:00 very neatly and legibile, as the “Swiss Made” sits low below the 6:00 position. Lastly, this watch is certainly capable of diving - with a tested depth rating of 200 Meters.
The ETA-2824-2 Swiss Made automatic movement can be seen through the sapphire exhibition caseback if we flip the case over. This movement is certainly a reliable, easy to service, work horse, high beat movement. I have had tons of experience with this movement in the past, and not once has it failed me. You can expect around 38 hours of power reserve, and around +5 seconds a day ( my model ). Also, this movement contains 26 jewels, hacking, hand wind, and an Incabloc Novodiac shock protection system.
As I was browsing the Peren website, I realized there are two strap options for the Nera...I received myne on a decent quality 20MM Genuine leather brown band which is comfortable and supple. The buckle is brushed and quite large in size as well, which some might like or dislike. The Nylon strap option looks a bit better in my opinion and really flows together nicely with the black metal dial, and slight tooly look this watch has.
Conclusion and Where to Buy
Furthermore, the Nera is certainly a well-priced and well built watch. It ticks all the boxes I look for when looking for an affordable ( Under $500 ) dive tool watch. The watch also has a distinct look of its’ own which is a huge bonus for me. Another nice detail is the simplistic and neat design. It is certainly a watch meant for everyday wear and has a no nonsense tool like look to it which is very appealing in todays market. These are available for immediate shipment and their website has been linked below. Thanks for taking the time to read!
The main component of a mechanical movement is the mainspring, a spring that gradually unwinds and transmits energy. A mechanical watch will keep accurate time despite requiring winding up if it's manual. ... Inside an automatic watch sits a small weighted rotor that has to oscillate in order to wind the mainspring.