3/31/2022 0 Comments
The Pacific series by Marloe watches , a UK based bespoke watch company and with a story behind it. The Pacific 76 is inspired by the dawn of the Jet Age - a time when only those with heavy pockets were able to fly worldwide and take advantage of global travel. You can see some of that design language in each of their models in the Pacific range. It itself is inspired by the Concord airplane which includes british colorway with navy blue and small red detailing. It has a refined elegance with its' tri finished 40MM case which stands 12MM tall with 100M of water resistance ( Would I take a watch this Pretty in the Pool? Idk.. ) . The lugs measure 20MM and the lug to lug distance is a satisfying 47MM which sits flush on my 6.5" wrist. The sides of the cases are semi hollowed with a frost finish, whilst the tops are polished and the side profile is brushed. The case shape itself is very unique and surprised me with its ends flairing upwards instead of downwards. The caseback is another first for me and I say this because it features a domed sapphire crystal implanted into the steel screwed on back, which is something you just don't see! And no, it does not wear uncomfortable because it is seated inside the metal allowing it to sit flat on the wrist. It also gives the mechanical movement a bit more of life as distortions can be seen at odd angles. Overall, the finishing is quite good as is the execution - which I would expect for a price of $1400 USD.
The blue dial is quite simple, yet very detailed with applied markers and numerals filled with blue lume. Marloe remains clean and subtle printed in white beneath the 12:00 while the small seconds sub dial features a radiant circular line pattern with a red seconds hand. To top it off they added a clean railroad track outer portion to keep accurate time and make timesetting easy. The hands themselves are legible and are colored with red and white at the tips to match the markers where you read the time. Its quite a good idea and something new, like I said - they always have interesting design language and that is what really separates them from the rest of the smaller watch brands out there today. They go their own way, and test the waters of the true watch enthusiast.
The movement is mechanical, and its produced by Selitta - a good movement producer which produces Swiss Made automatic and mechanical movements. The movement had to be swiss considering this is a Swiss Made timepiece as marked at 6:00. Its a fairly standard and robust movement which boasts in robustness, accuracy, and longetivity. The SW-216-1 contains 24 Jewels , Hacking seconds, and a power reserve of 40 hours when fully wound at a beat rate of 28,800 BPH ( the same as an ETA-2824 ). They do state -8 +15 seconds per day which seems accurate as my model runs about +7-8 seconds fast oer day which is perfect and acceptable at this price range.
Leather Band Supplied ( One of Many Options )
Now, on their website they have 8 band options to choose from for the 76...yes, 8. Its really great for the enthusiast to sort if customize their Pacific with the colors they want as each of us have different tastes. I myself prefer a black band with a blue dial do that is what I chose. The band is supple, comfy, and did not require a break in period. It also features a nice signed polished steel buckle and quick release bars, which are kind of the standard in 2022. Overall, its a decent quality band and will stay on the watch.
Furthermore, I think this offering is quite good in my opinion. It is a thought out piece - not one made to homage another watch or parts of a watch. It is a watch to pay tribute to the dawn of aviation and international airline travel. It is a watch which tells a story with all its' small details and carefully executed angles and looks. I really wish more brands would put this much effort into a watch release as Marloe does, because I have yet to come across a brand as thorough as them in the 7 years I have been reviewing timepieces. As for material and specifications - they are also in line with the complete package and I think the price is fair for what you are getting. Thanks for taking the time to read, and I will see you guys real soon!