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Needs a Softer Rubber StrapReview by JLeeMD
- First the good: beautifully machined and finished titanium case and matching buckle. Design is expressive but sober enough I felt comfortable wearing to work (I'm a physician). Effective AR treatment gives the dial a stark vivid look which never gets old. A couple of issues: the rubber strap is stiff. It doesn't gently curve around the wrist resulting in the sides of my wrist feeling squeezed. Also, the interior bezel isn't precisely aligned but close enough that it doesn't bother. Overall a unique, expressive yet sober watch that would've been near perfect but for the stiff rubber strap.
A beautiful piece of engineeringReview by Denys Nevozhai
This is my first Swiss Made watch and I'm absolutely happy with everything about it. It came in a great big box with lots of papers that make you feel like you bought something unique and expensive especially considering it's serial number on the back. The watch is just the right size for my skinny wrist, though I was thinking it will look too small, as I tried 48mm watches which looked ok too, but this size is just perfect. The watch attracts attention everywhere, and people with Omegas on their wrists stare at it with undisguised interest. I couldn't find anything comparable to Makaira in terms of design, components, materials for this money. And it's COSC certified chronometer!
I had certain problems with ordering the watch as I'm in China and use VPN, so I contacted support a couple of times and always got immediate response, so I rate customer support as excellent.
Chris Ward, thank you for allowing me to afford a piece of Swiss happiness )
AwesomeReview by Chris
Having finally go my hands on my recently purchased C11 Makira Elite, I have to say I'm pretty impressed. Firstly we should discuss the packaging, to say the box is huge is an understatement, its an occasion just getting into the watch which sets an excellent tone.
I should also explain that I live in Canada and shipped the watch to the UK to coincide with my Wife returning home for a family visit, she bought it back over for me and was literally stopped at the airport security due to a "suspicious package" which turned out to be the watch, she was made to empty her bag, swabbed for explosives and pretty seriously questioned (an FYI just in case anyone else is planning this).
Due to the watch selling out during the fathers day sale and needing to coincide the delivery with my Wife's trip, I ended up getting a watch without a CSOC certificate at a reasonable discount. so a Ti elite CSOC for the same money as a Makira Pro, big thanks to Wera in customer services for sorting this out.
At this point I should also let you know that I own a Rolex GMT Master and Omega Speedmaster so the watch has some tough competition and I have to say at the price point compares very favourably.
So to the watch itself, it is a striking design, I really love the yellow on black and find the whole layout reminiscent of WW2 plane rev counters! The watch is very light based on its size and it wears well, its a little larger than my other two "quality watches" but comparable to the G Shock I wear for day to day activities. I have to say I also like the rubber strap, it has a nice elasticity to it. The fit and finish are up there with my more expensive watches at a fraction of the cost. Its my new favourite and will put the other watches into semi retirement.
Great overall experience and happy with the the way that Customer Services helped me out.