Here on Fratello Watches, we by and large cover the new watch delivers that the (43,000 individuals and developing) makes alongside what is regularly a miniature brand. So far, we’ve evaluated discharges from Zelos , Gruppo Gamma and Aquadive . All sold out rapidly and were extraordinary, restricted version “one and done” pieces that showed genuine proof of plan decisions made to some extent by the online gathering’s mediators. The gathering attempts to deal with in any two or three deliveries each year and the present article investigates the most current: the Crepas Loggerhead.
If you’ve never known about Crepas, don’t stress since I hadn’t all things considered. In the rapidly growing universe of miniature marked watches, it is difficult to stay aware of the sheer number of brands, yet as somewhat of a spoiler, Spain-based Crepas is one to watch. Presently, contingent upon where you’re from and how you read things, the brand’s name may come off as somewhat odd, however in what I’d term as a pleasant amazement, the name has meaning. “Compañía Relojera Especializada para Actividades Subacuáticas” is the long type of the name and taking the principal letter of each leads us to “Crepas”. In case you’re not a Spanish speaker, the name means “Specific Watch Company for Underwater Activities”, so one in any event doesn’t need to figure concerning the motivation behind the company’s watches. In the same way as other more modest brands, the watches are likely made in Asia (read: China) and as we’ll see with the Crepas Loggerhead, it’s long on highlights and contains a portion of the better completing I’ve seen at this cost point.
It’s perhaps somewhat odd to begin with the case specifying of a watch rather than the dial, however let me clarify. When burning through 400 – 700 Euros on a programmed watch, I’m for the most part a bit excusing of the normal chunk sided cases that are found on miniature marked (hell, even large scale marked) watches. Numerous brands play to this by delivering a type of aeronautics themed watch on the grounds that these kinds of watches frequently were delivered with such cases many years prior. Then again, there are a lot of jump watches at this value that makes it out the entryway with good bezels or outdoors completing that have minimal in the method of chiseling on the sides. With the Crepas Loggerhead, you’re unquestionably not left needing for pleasantly delivered surfaces.
A look from the side of the Crepas Loggerhead shows no under three particular surfaces that come together to add some better quality complexity. Of note is the frequently shunned undermined that tightens inwards to the case back. Investigating the case shape by and large, we are met with what I’d allude to as a blockier variant of a c-case. It’s not clearly retro, but rather it positively acquires contacts from various past watches. Most clearly, and maybe in light of the fact that it’s matched with a very much weighted pivoting pure 120-click bezel with iridescent components (and there are some dial similitudes as well), I see some Seiko Monster in the Crepas.
The 4:00 screw down crown – endorsed with the brand’s propeller theme – additionally carries Seiko to mind. This crown, incidentally, is the best I’ve at any point utilized on a miniature brand (in fact, I do wind up testing a ton of models) and is really better compared to the one on my cutting edge Seiko Turtle. The spring feels strong once the crown is unscrewed and it’s smooth to fasten when fixing it. It’s amazing that it shows none of the typical slop on such countless watches out there.
When investigating the dial of the Crepas Loggerhead, there’s by and by a nice measure of Seiko Monster. The format is very neat with its bolt molded C3 Superluminova markers at consistently and the correspondingly molded hands make time telling a breeze. A smart note is found on the breadth hand as it contains a decent dark candy. I likewise like the non-meddlesome, yet discernible date at 4:00 also. The dark printed verbiage on the dial is kept to simply current realities and it contains one fo the better reconciliations of the DWFG logos also. Additionally, I discover the utilization of a content “m” and “ft” somewhat beguiling close to the 1000m water obstruction documentation. The decent matte orange completion itself comes off as retro “pasty” in certain lights and more splendid in others, which is likely because of the AR on the level sapphire crystal.
Flipping the Crepas Loggerhead on its dial uncovers what could possibly be my #1 detail: the case back. Presently, most miniature marked watches highlight what is regularly a type of elaborate case back, yet this portrayal of a turtle is my top choice of all and could undoubtedly be at home on the rear of a watch from a lot bigger and additionally more costly brand. The matte foundation differentiates magnificently against the cleaned raised surfaces that make up the reptile’s shape. It’s truly good.
Moving on to the wristband of the Crepas Loggerhead, I’m by and by satisfied to say that this is a quality piece. While the arm band is wide at 22mm, the connections are quite graceful and comfortable. Connections can be eliminated by means of screws (yahoo!) and there’s a pleasantly created foldout wetsuit expansion (don’t dread the way that it’s awry – I skewed the spring bar) covering up under the stepped clasp.
I by and large consider Robert-Jan’s scorn/disdain undertaking with Seiko wristbands when I’m taking a gander at any arm band, yet I do think he’d give this arm band a passing score.
My just concern is with the end connections and how they get together with the case. I really think it looks excessively plain and chunk like; it simplifies the general look all in all too much and shades the case. I don’t know whether Crepas has finished the plan yet, however it’s the solitary semi-cumbersome detail on the watch.
Since we are discussing a little brand watch in the Crepas Loggerhead, you’re probably expecting a Japanese development or maybe one of the upstart Swiss ETA clones. Indeed, you’d not be right as this piece utilizes a genuine ETA 2824-2 programmed. While there’s nothing amiss with any of those options I named, there’s a slight premium feel to having the first ticking away inside the case. According to normal, the development hacks and incorporates a quickset date. As referenced, the crown activity is entirely smooth and everything was clear to use.
So, presently we are left with a couple key focuses in regards to the Crepas Loggerhead and that is the “how can it wear” conversation and “what’s it cost” question. We’ll begin with the wrist presence partition since this watch possesses a great deal of it. For a company that specifies that it makes sensibly measured watches, the Loggerhead pushes facing that definition. It’s really not exactly as enormous as it looks when comparing it to my Doxa SUB, yet it’s not little either. Plus, it is seriously profound. Size shrewd, the 316L case comes in at 44mm in measurement, 52mm carry to drag and generally 14.5mm in thickness. The watch wears better compared to I would have thought – it really accommodates my wrist – yet I can’t resist the opportunity to figure how sweet this bundle would be at 40/41mm. Clearly, the DWFG pioneers picked this size with Crepas to guarantee it advances to the bigger wristed people inside the group.
The Crepas Loggerhead will be accessible as a restricted run of 400 pieces and purchasers can pick one of 5 dial tones: orange, yellow, light blue, dark, or white. There’s no limitation on the quantity of each dial tone, however the all out combination of watches will be restricted to 400 pieces. The watch will come with a screwdriver, customized proprietors card with the version number, and a conveying case. Price savvy, the Loggerhead will cost 529 Euros (in addition to 21% VAT inside the EU) and I find that completely sensible when considering the general nature of the whole package.
Pre-orders for the Crepas Loggerhead are as of now being taken on their . This watch is only the furthest down the line demonstration of the huge DWFG’s capacity to make special and insightfully planned watches in association with trying brands. The Loggerhead could actually be my number one delivery yet.