The Maranez Bangla has arrived ! You can read the (Part 1) earlier post in the below link.
The delivery is by FedEx courier and costed $50. Ordered on 1st July 2014 and arrive on 3rd July 2014. I received it on 5th July 2014 due to FedEx local logistic personnel issue.
Anyway, time for unboxing and some photos.
There is no impressive Piano Wood box set here, the Bangla is delivered in a secured round tube black plastic container. I like it this way as it save on cost and pass the saving to the consumer. What we buy is a watch not a box ! Most of the time these box set gets thrash some where in the storeroom and forgotten anyway, so there is no need for presentation here.
What i want is my watch ! Maranez did it the way its suppose to be ! Kudos !
The Bangla comes mounted with rubber/silicon strap + an0ther distress leather strap (with blasted submarine design buckle, nice !). There is also a spare set of lug screw and a screw removal tool (see later part in the review). A guarantee card is also included.
Removed the protective covering, and molested the Bangla as above !
Its good to know that a triplock crown system is used. It adds water resist assurance. The crown is Big at 11mm, so its easy to use. Crown thread is smooth too.
Oh, and the bezel does turn with ‘click’. It’s tight and firm. I didnt count the ‘click’ as its not important since its a plain bezel with NO marking. For me, as long as its pips are align at 12 am/pm, i am happy. (edited 9/7/14, counted the clicks = 120)
*i will be irritated about 3 things on a watch :
1) bezel not align 12 am/pm,
2) chapter ring not align at 12 am/pm,
3) hands not align at 12 am/pm ; which means it will not be aligned everywhere !!
and i know i am not the only one irritated by these !
**for some reason, recently random Seiko watch are showing these issue. Seiko are you listening ? Check those installer and QC personnel’s eye !
The lume is pretty good out of the box !
The timegrapher is showing an acceptable timing and the usual low amplitude for Seiko’s movement. The only thing i would like to improve on is the beat error @ 1.1ms …… ehh it can be better than that. But that will not happen until some 6-8 months later as some may know …… Seiko’s movement needs a little “running-in” period.
OK, i like it on the rubber/silicon strap as it matches the black dial. So i’ll leave it as it is.
Some photos on the straps.
The Bangle size look big on paper but in comparison with many watch, it is acceptable in size. But its rather thick, my measurement is 17.6mm.
It fit me nicely. I am glad i bought the Titanium model as it did not feel heavy at all !
I particularly love the “women diver” logo on the back case and the rubber/silicon strap buckle. Its a nice touch.
The lug screw removal tool is well made and fit well onto the lug screw. An item which i appreciate Maranez for including in the package.
I am glad that i made the decision to purchase the Maranez Bangla. Time to enjoy it.
If you were to ask me to summarize on my impression on Bangle. I would say it a well made watch for the price and gives value to the consumer. For me, the watch suit my taste, style, price and function. I am looking forward to more value for money products offering from Maranez. Thanks for such a great Bangla watch !
Any area of improvement ? The one (1) area that i feel can be look at are the hands. Both the brass and titanium model have case surface that are dull/blasted (brass will eventually tarnish and becomes dull). The hands on the Bangle are polished surface (shinning), a blasted surface will match the Bangla better !
Like those below :
Future improvement and mod ? I’ll probably have it regulated after the 1 year warranty period or so.
Mod ? Ohhh…..a NE15 (6R15) movement swap will be a good ! 50+ hour power reserve, direct swap ……… got myself thinking…………..Jake can you spare me one of those NE15 ?
Hope you like the review !
Edited : 15 July 2014
Mount on black leather with white stitching strap to match.