Martenero Ace with red/sand Nato Strap Martenero Ace brown leather strap Martenero wooden Box Martenero Miyota 821A Automatic movement
Last Wednesday, I received my Martenero Ace watch in the mail. I was excited to take it out of the box and start wearing it immediately. Please keep in mind, my everyday watch for the last two years that I haven’t taken off my wrist for a minute is the Panerai PAM00372.
First, I want to go into the process of ordering my Martenero Ace off their website, which is the only place you can purchase a Martenero watch for the moment. This was a fun and interactive experience, where I was able to pick the color of the Dial, Hands, and Straps. The watch comes with two straps, a Nato Strap and a leather strap. You can choose which strap you want fitted on the watch, while the other strap is included in the box. You have three dial options, four hands options, eight options for really fun, cool and casual Nato Straps and two options for leather straps. I clicked the check out button filled in my c/c and billing info and waited a week to ten days for my watch to arrive by US mail for the incredible value of $485!
When I received the watch, I was impressed with how solid the box it came in was. The box is just the right size and made out of wood and is perfect to travel with. When I opened the box, my Martenero Ace customized watch was sitting there on a black pillow and fitted on the red/sand NATO strap that I wanted it fitted on. I was really happy and excited to see that it came delivered to me exactly as I ordered. I am usually NOT a fan of watches fitted on NATO straps because I think they can look cheap and unoriginal, but this was really well made water proof strap and the color combination was perfect. I chose the black dial with contrasting white Arabic numerals of three. six and nine and indices and red seconds hand.
The case is 42 mm in size, made out of a brushed surgical stainless steel with incredible lugs that are polished on top. Typically 42 mm is small for me, considering I have worn a 47 mm watch the last 12 years, but the transition was seamless.
The first thing I realized when I put this watch on my wrist was how comfortable and solid it was. I could see that this was a quality made product. I haven’t worn a watch under five thousand dollars since I was nineteen, so needless to say I had no expectations, but I was totally blown away! I would be hard pressed to find a better watch out there for the money.
Not only is this a great watch for the summer on the red/sand NATO waterproof strap, but it also is a great elegant and sophisticated looking watch once the strap is switched to the brown leather strap. It’s amazing how different the watch looks when you change the strap. It has the feel of a modern day Rolex Explorer 1 or the Tudor Ranger which costs thousands more in price. I also love how the brown leather strap has the subtle detail of being stitched on both sides of the strap on the side that’s fitted to the case.
I am amazed how clean and simple the layout of the dial is. It’s easy to read at a glance and symmetrical. The crystal is sapphire front and back which you normally wouldn’t get on a watch in this price range. The movement is the simple and reliable Japanese Miyota 821A Automatic self-winding movement which can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back. This holds a 45 hour power reserve. You can totally swim with this watch because it’s water resistant to 100 meters and has a screw-down crown. The best part is this watch is not mass produced and is limited to 1,000 pieces. There is also a second model known as the Founder, if you want a different look and is also limited to 1,000 pieces.
There is nothing to think about in my mind. Go to the Martenero website and order yourself one of each model and get something completely unique, limited and exclusive with refined style and elegance for the right price!
In case you missed my one on one interview with Martenero founders, John Tarantino and Matt O’Dowd, listen here
Technical Specs of the Martenero Ace
Case Width: 42mm
Case Height: 12.5mm
Lug / Strap Width: 20mm
Case Metal: 316L Surgical Steel
Screw Down Crown
Water Resistance: 100M
Front Crystal: Sapphire
Back Crystal: Sapphire
Miyota 821A Automatic
Power Reserve: 45 Hrs