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Old 07-04-2012, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Name of Reviewer: C.J

Watch Model: Seacraft

Pictures taken by: C.J.

How Obtained:Watch was purchased by reviewer for personal collection



Brand:Perrelet http://www.perrelet.com/

Perrelet was formed in 1777 by Abraham-Louis Perrelet a Swiss Horologist. Perrelet invented a self winding mechanism in the 1770's for pocket watches. Perrelet is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the basic movement known today as the automatic. In 1780 Perrelet invented the first pedometer measuring the steps and distance when walking. The brandclaims a history of watchmaking since then but the real change happened in 2004 when Festina acquired them.They are now considered a lower tier luxury brandin the $4k-$8k range.In 2011 Basel Perrelet unveiled their Seacraft line. Their first try at making a sport/dive watch. Always known for their complicated movements they were put to use on this new model.

They offer a 3 hand model that is 42mm.



A GMT which is 42mm with the same case as the 3 hand.



And a 3rd model which is the one being reviewed. This version is 45mm using a DD module with a 2892 base.



Specifications: Perrelet Caliber P-271

Size: 45mm

Thickness:17.45mm

Weight: 245g

Lug-Lug: 53.5mm

Movement: ETA 2892 with Dubois Depraz 2021 module 57 jewels 28,800vph

42hours power reserve;open-worked exclusive decorated Perrelet Rotor

Water Resistance: 777meters

Crown: Screw down


First Impressions: The watch came in a big 3lb box that is fitting for a watch with a retail price tage of $5,400. Very similar to other boxes I have recieved in watches of this price range. Push button to open and very good protection for the watch.I am not too big on presentation boxes but I do admit its always nice to get that first impression of quality which I did. The watch itself looked a little smaller than the specs which for me was a good thing. The tapered bezel gives it a chunky feel and look.


[size=Case Crown Side:][size=10/10 I am very impressed with the engineering of this somewhat unique case.The thickness is 17.9mm with a signed Perrelet crown. The bottom pusher screws down to prevent accidently pushing it. The top pusher is ready to go without a screw down mechanism. All clean rounded edges with the case and the downward curve of the lugs designed for comfort when on the wrist.You can also see the raised crystal on this watch. I am usually not a fan of raised crystals but this one was very well done. Looking at it at different angles it actually magnifies the legibility of the dial.Usually on most raised crystals the raised portion cannot be seen thru it but this one is clear to view the dial at any angle.]









Non Crown Side: 10/10The non crown side is squared off and again every angle is curved. The downward angle of the bezel makes it wear smaller than a 45mm watch and more like a 44mm.



Looking down on the watch its easy to see the sloped angle of the bezel.There is a lume pip at the 12 but no other bezel lume.







Dial & Hands: 9.5/10The dial is a white white and the markers and hands glow a light green. Both are filled with C-3 Superluminova.The red seconds markers also has Superluminova at the tip.The little bit red is a nice touch and enhances the dial.Legibility on white watches are sometimes difficult for me but I have no problem reading the time on this watch. The dark outline and the green C-3 really help the legibility.The hands are extra long and actually cover most of the marker for very accurate reading.

Bezel:7/10bezel is a very smooth 120 click bezel. The indicies make it very easy to grip even with gloves on.I think I would rather see a Ceramic or Sapphire coated bezel on a watch in this price range.





Case Back-8/10I was a little disappointed the caseback was a solid case back. The way Perrelet decorates their movements and rotor should be seen not hidden underneath. Also with the very complicated DD module it would have been nice to see it. That said a nice engraved case back showing the scuba diver is kind of cool. I understand when a watch is rated over 500m its not so easy to have a glass back.




Here is an example of what the movement probably looks like if it was an open case back. The Perrelet rotor is their signature on all of their watches.



Movement Accuracy- 10/10- It has run on average +1 second a day while on my wrist.Dial up when not on the wrist it is running +4 seconds a day. Power Reserve has been right around 48 hours. The winding of this movement is very smooth and can barely feel any tension much like all of the 289x series but even smoother. Very much like my Breitling B-2 which has a modified ETA 2894. I am very pleased with the results.
On The Wrist- This is a big watch but is extremely balanced on the wrist.It has a very good wrist presence which I like. I have had no issues with the weight (over 230g's) and wears very comfortable on the wrist.



I think the size for this particular watch is perfect. I could see it possibly being a touch thinner but definitely not a deal breaker.











Bracelet/Clasp-10/10 This is the first ratcheting clasp watch I have owned and
in it so it can be tighted once its on the wrist. I absolutely love this feature! There are no 1/2 links on this watch and with the clasp being adjustable there is no need for it. I always get a perfect fit on this watch even when my wrist changes sizes a little due to the weather.The beautiful Perrelet logo really completes this fantastic clasp.The gap you see at the bottom of the *P* is the adjustment feature. It will loosen or tighten giving a great fit.The bracelet is 4mm thick and is one of the easiest bracelet's I have ever sized. It uses 1 sided screws and can be sized in less than 5 minutes. Very user friendly.



Here is a close up shot at how the clasp works.



Lume-9/10 The day I got this watch I was wearing my Zenton V45 and took both watches into a dark room and the lume was even. The lume is long lasting and with a good charge its good for around 6 hours. That and the lack of bezel lume is why it didn't receive a perfect score.The long hour markers and the extra long hands are very bright at first charge. I am not the best at lume shots but these pics are with only a few seconds of sunshine. I have a test on my watches to check how good the lume really is. Its instant lume where no charge is necessary from any unatural lighting. This passed with flying colors. You walk inside from the outside you will find it glowing like a torch.








Summary-This watch is Perrelet's first venture into the dive watch market and I think they hit a home run with it. From the complicated Dubois Depraz 2021 movement to the racheting clasp this is a very impressive and also a very beautiful watch on the wrist. This is my first Perrelet watch and I can easily put them in the same class as Breitling Omega as far as quality and attention to details.Thiswatch is on the large side of watches I collect but the comfort more than makes up for any extra weight it has.The only cons I can find are maybe an upgraded bezel to Ceramic or Sapphire and an open case back.
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Awesome watch CJ. Thanks for reviewing.
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Great review. And that's one s3xy watch. Very beautiful.
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Now that is a watch I really personally like the look of. Great review and a really nice looking watch.
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Now, we're talking. This is one of the nicest watches I've ever seen. Thanks for the excellent review and pics, C.J. If it wasn't on my wrist, I'm glad to see it on yours.

3 pound presentation box...Wow! Love everything from A to Z here.
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C.J.

Forgot to ask, how do you like the clasp? It looks (obviously) very well made but I was wondering how you might compare it to other higher end clasps.

Also, I wonder if this isn't the watch of choice for casino high rollers. If not, maybe it should be. That 777 meters really is unique, looking very lucky, and very cool, too.
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Thanks for the review. dial is just beautifully done.
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Forgot to ask, how do you like the clasp? It looks (obviously) very well made but I was wondering how you might compare it to other higher end clasps.

Also, I wonder if this isn't the watch of choice for casino high rollers. If not, maybe it should be. That 777 meters really is unique, looking very lucky, and very cool, too.
Thanks Nate its my lucky watch!I wondered if someone like you or Steve would have picked that up.LOL I love the clasp and its the best I have ever owned on a watch.
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How long is the bracelet without extending the clasp. I have several watches with similar clasps to this one but always wear them closed. I though they extended to go over a wet suit when needed. Did you remove links just so you could extend the clasp or is the bracelet that short from the factory?
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Forgot to ask, how do you like the clasp? It looks (obviously) very well made but I was wondering how you might compare it to other higher end clasps.

Also, I wonder if this isn't the watch of choice for casino high rollers. If not, maybe it should be. That 777 meters really is unique, looking very lucky, and very cool, too.
Thanks Nate its my lucky watch!I wondered if someone like you or Steve would have picked that up.LOL I love the clasp and its the best I have ever owned on a watch.

I'm not surprised to hear that at all. It looks like pure quality. I've not heard from Steve or seen any posts in a while, btw. I think I'll give him a call later to check in on him. Have a great day and thanks for the follow up.
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Holy shit.....serious dude I love that watch.......
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How long is the bracelet without extending the clasp.* I have several watches with similar clasps to this one but always wear them closed.* I though they extended to go over a wet suit when needed.* Did you remove links just so you could extend the clasp or is the bracelet that short from the factory?
I took 2 links out and I have a 7.5 in wrist so maybe 8.5? There is only about 1/2 in of play in the clasp.
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Holy sh#+.....serious dude I love that watch.......
Thanks Eric the GMT versions are very nice too and probably my next one.
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Great review of an impressive watch. Yet again introduced to another new brand (to me.)

Thanks!
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As usual CJ, a beautiful watch and great review. You have great taste in watches.
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Awesome review CJ. I wasnt aware of this brand, until you started wearing this one. Very, very, nice watch!
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Great job C.J.,on great looking watches.The one reviewed truly is a stunner.I'd love to see that one in person.I have to find a dealer in my neck of the woods.I've been laying low on the purchase end.Maybe this one might bring me out????? Once again C.J. great review,and info on the co.We all appreciate it bro.Cheers...
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Great review and pics on what looks to be a great watch.
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Great review and an absolutely gorgeous watch!
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