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    Marvin Watches...Info please!

    So I have been looking around and came across Marvin watches. I know little about them and definitely don't know anyone who has experience with them. Could you folks in the know tell me about them, quality, experiences etc?

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    Re: Marvin Watches...Info please!

    I have one and have also handled quite a few of their watches at the AD. They are kinda like Tissot/Hamilton. Similar movements, overall quality and components. They do have some unique interesting looking watches and have good quality, but they dont quite reach Longines level brands in the 1k + price point.

    Personally I like them a bit more than Tissot since they have more interesting designs and styles and have a good weight to the watches and look unique.

    If you like a style its not a bad buy at all as you can do much worse, dont expect too many people to know about it though.

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    Re: Marvin Watches...Info please!

    I had their cushion cased green dialed Malton. The fit and finish was great, I returned it because there were 4 minute markers for every 5 minutes and that drove me nuts. All I could ever see was the missing minute markers.

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    Re: Marvin Watches...Info please!

    Marvin watch? Like this?
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    Nokie and little big feather like this.
    I had some of my watches listed, but then I just got embarrassed.
    You know, like showing up at the party dressed as a male stripper and realizing you're the only person who didn't get the message that it was no longer a costume party.

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    Re: Marvin Watches...Info please!

    I can't give you a history of Marvin watches, but they have been around since the 1920s. The brand has always been strongest in Italy, and I think the owners of the current reincarnation may be one of the several large watch manufacturing and marketing groups in Italy. The brand has always had the reputation in Italy for being a solid mid priced watch of dependable quality.

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    I'm pretty sure they've been around since the 1850's, not 1920's. My watchmaker has a 1940's Marvin pilot watch, I think it's model was called the 'Hermetic' or something similar. They're nice watches, they presently compete with the likes of Tissot and Hamilton, but I like them more because their case finishing is really nice for the money:

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    Re: Marvin Watches...Info please!

    I'd never heard of them until a couple of members suggested them in a thread I started recently (posts #3 & 25), nice looking watches IMO:

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    Re: Marvin Watches...Info please!

    I have seen one in person and was more impressed with the fit and finish of the watch than I thought I would be.
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    Re: Marvin Watches...Info please!

    Yeah case finishing is one of their strong points along with design. Movements, not so much, wish they picked up movements that were slightly better decorated to boost their value even more.

    That said, I really like my Marvin manual wind with raised sapphire crystal, its big at 44mm, but has a very appealing look overall, will try and post a pic when I get a chance. I also really like the quick release bracelet on that so I can swap it for leather easily when I feel like.

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    Re: Marvin Watches...Info please!

    Marvin started in 1860 and operated into the quartz era. They were respected. I believe the current owners resurrected the brand in the mid-noughts. I believe they are a couple and the company is privately held.

    I had the Marvin M-108 for a couple of years. Interesting design, good solid build. The movement was a Soprod modified chronometer spec 2892-A2 with a Soprod RDM modlule on top. The watch was extremely comfortable for it's monstrous, for me, size. A big hunk of curved sapphire on the front and a mineral glass display back.







    I would probably still have it but it was absurdly big for my wrist, so I traded it on to someone who wears it a lot.
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