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Marvin M109 Presentation - Everybody Loves Marvin M109

by Marco 18 August, 2010 View Comments

One of the defining characteristics of Marvin timepieces that strikes me the most is the way vintage is mixed new, and elegance is contrasted with bold, vivacious designs. It is these juxtapositions that create the distinctive style of Marvin watches. The M109, while not the only good example (see "Simple Does Not Mean Unremarkable - The Marvin Watch Co presents M108 Origin" and "Matt Baily Welcomes Marvin Watches to Canada") captures this design approach perfectly.

The Marvin Watch Co° M109 is square. Like pretty much every square watch that is released these days, it has been compared to the Bell & Ross BR Instruments, but I do not see much resemblance. The case's features are much more delicate. The narrow bevelled bezel and buff polished finish are rather typical of dress watches designed before the 1970s. The numeral hour markers at twelve, three, six, and nine are similarly shaped as the BRs, but they are one of numerous other stylistic features of the watch face. I especially like the minute markers and the red elements like the minute graduation ring and the "40." The hands of the face play along with the basic vintage theme of the M109, reflecting the very common baton hands of the fifties and sixties.

The most noticeable aspect of the face is the opening at Twelve o'clock. It reveals the beating balance wheel of the Sellita SW 200 caliber movement that powers the Marvin M109. This Swiss made mechanism offers a power reserve of roughly 38 hours and, as the inscription on the dial indicates in red letters, is self-winding. For an even better view of the mechanism one can look through the case back, which is equipped with a transparent 'exhibition' window.

The 'glass' on the face of the M109 is made of synthetic sapphire crystal, making it extremely scratch resistant. Its four sides are slightly bevelled, reflecting the shape of the bezel and adding an Art Deco element to the composite style of the watch. Overall the case measures 41mm not including the crown. This size is about average and will suit any size wrist. It is neither dainty nor daunting.

The M109 models are made of stainless steel. Marvin also produces the watch with a rose gold plating. Both the leather strap and the metal bracelet are equipped with a special system of pushers that allow the owner to change between them very easily and without tools. The metal bracelets are made of links that display both a brushed satin finish and a glossy finish. A nice bold, elegant look is created like this.

Marvin watches draw inspiration from all the eras in which the company has manufactured watches. The result is eclectic, yet comfortably familiar styles like the M109. The M109 is fitted with high-grade mechanics and materials, but remains within the starting price range for luxury watches. It is ideal as a first fine timepiece for someone that appreciates style as much as quality. Positive reviews from many industry experts shows that even connoisseurs will appreciate these sophisticated timepieces.

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