Have not been buying much non-Seiko watch for some time. Recently has been “poisoned” by some forum friends on this Maranez Bangla.
Who is Maranez ? I have different answer from my search on the internet.
One said they are from Taiwan : http://www.masterhorologer.com/2014/03/maranez-diving-watches-racha-bangla.html
another said it from China ……??? http://www.watchreport.com/maranez-racha/
than another said its from Thailand ……??? http://www.horologycrazy.com/2014/01/maranez-watches.html
My own conclusion is base on wornandwound.com and horologycrazy.com information that Maranez is based in Thailand but the product itself is made in Hong Kong. http://wornandwound.com/2013/02/22/maranez-layan-hands-on/
Also it seems most their products are named after Thailand Phuket Landmark.
Maranez Racha – Racha is an island just off Phuket which is a popular dive site.
Maranez Layan – Layan Beach in Phuket
Maranez Bangla – named after a popular road in Phuket. The road is known for its nightlife.
The most convincing evidence is this Fedex tracing from a buyer which shows the origin.
But this does not affect any of my perception on Maranez products ; as many well-known brands and mirco-brands are made in the same manner !
Maranez Bangla is a homage to the Ennebi Fondale (whom in turn is also a homage to the Panerai Mille Metri).
Nevertheless, the main attraction for me to this Maranez Bangla is the movement ! They are using Seiko NH35 (Seiko 4R35), a movement which i am familiar with ! Some may argue that they would prefers the Miyota 9015 which has a higher beat (28,800k vs 21,600). Yes and No ! Yes, no doubts Miyota 9015 has a higher beat, probably more accurate too. But…. i am looking from the parts availabilities/movement availabilities point of view. Lets say 4-5 years down the road, and the NH35 decided to fail ! Just buy any Seiko watch with a 4R35 and swap it !! Should it be fitted with a Miyota 9015….. sure i can find one from my sources but i am not sure if any novice will not encounter any problem getting one ….!~
Anyhow, here is the specification of the Maranez Bangla : (from their website)
Model: Maranez Bangla titanium
Movement: Seiko NH35 automatic
Case diameter: 47mm excluding the crown – lug to lug 58mm – height 15.5mm – weight on rubber strap 146g
Case material: Blasted titanium
Bezel: Blasted titanium
Crown: Screw down titanium crown 11mm
Crystal: Sapphire, inner AR coating
Dial: Black or blue, Super Luminova C3
Strap: 24mm leather and 24mm rubber strap.
Buckle: Blasted stainless steel
I have just placed an order with Maranez for their Titanium ones. 2 reason for buying the Ti model. Firstly its the only one available for me (there is also a sold out cheaper brass Bangla). Secondly at 47mm excluding the crown, its a HUGE watch ! With brass materials its going to be HEAVY !
OK, now lets wait for the delivery and i’ll add more photo and a review.
Part 2 can be found here :