Maranez Rawai – Review

Thanks to Maranez for their “hard to ignore” offer ! I have committed another sin ! Pray pray …..! My god ! with Seiko SRP637, 639, Monster Tuna, SRP605 Blue sub and Steinhart Nav-B UHR Bronze…… its a dead broke 2015 !

Maranez also delivered at an unbelievable SPEED too ! Ordered on 31 Jan 2015, arrived on 3 Feb 2015……. basically 3 days ! by FedEx of course ! Oh dear !

The Rawai is basically a homage to the Egiziano (EGI), but at a much more manageable size of 45mm. At a price of $299 price …….in Stainless Steel or brass.. Unbelievable !

Specification of the Rawai as follows :

Model: Maranez Rawai
Movement: NH35 automatic
Case diameter: 45mm excluding the crown – lug to lug 56mm – height 18mm – weight on leather strap 166g
Case material: Brushed stainless steel or Brass
Bezel: 120 clicks brushed stainless steel but a brass lumed pin at 12
Crown: Screw down steel crown 11mm
Crystal: Acrylic (double domed)
Dial: Black, green, blue or brown, indices with Super Luminova
Water-resistance: 300m/1000ft
Strap: 24mm leather one dark and one light brown
Buckle: Brushed stainless steel

Here are the various dial options (in random order) :

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Some nice read below on the Egiziano (in case you are keen to know more).

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The original EGI is suppose to be at a size of 60mm in Titanium (HUGE !), more like a table clock !

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Enough said. Time for some photos !

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The usual Maranez round waterproof tube case.

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The contend inside :

45mm RAWAI brass watch
2 leather strap, 1 x light brown and 1 x dark brown.
1.6mm Screw driver
Spare lug screw
Warranty card

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I bought the Rawai in brass case with brown dial as i dont have a brown dial watch. Its also has a sandwich dial and no second hand. In my opinion closer to the Egiziano.

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Sandwich dial on this 0ne (the Cali dial Rawai has a second hand and printed dial).

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The leather strap has a slight different feel from the earlier ones. Stitching thread is thinner than the earlier version ; but still great (but not as soft as the Gruppo Gamma ones !). The buckle is made from brass and signed (on both strap).

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Case finishing is great as usual but the edge near the back case is a little sharp. The bezel rotate, 120 clicks, its firm with no side-shake at all (GOOD !). Compared with the Bangla 47mm (its slightly tighter).

This bezel ring has no securing screw. Believed its “snap” fitted, will be a challenge to remove without scratches.

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Crown is a triple seal format. Definitely helps in a 300m water resist watch.

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No my pic. Someone has taken off the bezel and here it is the photo showing the acrylic crystal retaining ring and click spring.

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As usual the compulsory lume shot. Hazy due to the acrylic crystal. Pip at 12pm is Orange, so is the dial lume on the Arabic number and markers. Lume is good and is shine green when fully charged.

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I prefer mine on the lighter brown strap.

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Also adding the lug tube to avoid the screw bar from “unscrewing” itself.

*you can buy these strap tube in this blog ; support me by buying so that i can maintain the blog.

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Here is a wrist shot after the light brown strap change. Perfect !
(Will change back to the dark brown strap when brown patina has been achieved).

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Here are some shots of the :

44mm Bangla brass (left)
45mm Rawai brass (centre)
47mm Bangla (right)

In my opinion, the Rawai looks smaller than the 44mm Bangla due to the curve bezel. The 47mm Bangla definitely is bigger. The lug shape and curvature is different comparing both Bangla and Rawai (see bottom pic).

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Here is a wrist comparison pics.

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Stacking them up !

*For those bro selecting the sandwich Arabic dial, do note that since there is no second hand and see thru back case. There is a disadvantage on this model. You don’t know whether the watch is working or not !

Hope you guys enjoy the review. Cheers !

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