By Jovan Krstevski
Marvin Origin M18.104.22.168
After reviewing the Malton M119 and now Origin M108 from Marvin, they have really solidified their spot as a well rounded watch company in my eyes.
The case & movement
The case on the Origin M108 is really very classic in look. Overall the 44mm case is brushed, giving it a nice look throughout, and although it appears more like 46-47mm thanks to the thin polished bezel. Also the edges on the lugs are polished, which is a nice feature on the brushed case. You will find the Marvin crown logo that looks embossed into the watch crown. On the other side of the case you can find an engraving of the initials of the original founders of the Marvin brand – a detail you find on all Marvin watches.The open case back is really there to show off the beautiful movement, if not to everyone else than just to take a peak at it yourself when taking off and putting on for the day.
The Marvin Origin is powered by an swiss automatic Sellita SW 200 movement, which is basically a clone of the well-known workhorse movement ETA 2824-2. It is well known as being a solid, dependable and cost-effective automatic movement. It has proved to be very accurate in its time keeping. It offers also a 38-hour power reserve and is equipped with 26 jewels which is one more than the ETA 2824-2.
On top protecting the lovely black dial you will find an anti-reflective sapphire glass. Another brand identity you can see on the watch is, the red marker at 8 o’clock on the watch dial. Unfortunately the layers of SuperLuminova is not enough to light up your darkness, and after just 20-30 minutes the SuperLuminova fades away. Another detail on the dial, is the red seconds hand which gives your eyes something else then only the black, white and metal.
The “open date” is a nice feature that has been welcomed by me more and more recently. And the “oversized” arabic numerals on the dial are a nice addition to all the other stuff that is going on in the dial.
Marvin has always been spot on with band choice and construction. This rubber band follows the expected with great finishing and a softer rubber than seen on other pieces. I especially like that they finished the band all the way to the case curve to increase the flow and finishing of the watch.
The negative is the size of the strap, becuse of the big wrist of mine. But for most of the wrist’s out there it will fit like a hand in a glove. Like all Marvin watches, the strap has a really good quality made butterfly buckle .
I believe the Origin M108 series is a new step for Marvin that is a flexing their muscle and talents in not only watchmaking but design. I hope that Marvin will continue this appealing design and create their own new standard. This watch is a definite recommendation from us, fantastic build quality, a wonderful design. The Origin M108 is a great value as well as a classic watch that offers more than a regular classic sport watch. It has the feeling of a classic sport watch-but in a modern package. To see more visit Marvin’s Product Page.
|Movement||Swiss automatic movement – Sellita SW 200|
|Dial||Black with white Superluminova|
|Water-Resistance||50 meters / 160 feet|
|Case||Ø 44mm, 316L stainless steel, see-through case back|
|Bracelet||Black rubber bracelet, safety folding clasp|
|Glass||Scratch resistant sapphire glass|
|Features||3 hands, date, 26 jewels, 38 hours power reserve|
Price: $590 (Ordinary price is $900)
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Jovan Krstevski – Founder, Proprietor & Executive Editor
Watch collector, aficionado and a Event profile in the Swedish nightlife. He launched Watchgeek back in 2011, which is now known as WristReview. He quotes ’WristReview is a site to help people find, explore, discover and enjoy wristwatches.’ His passion jump started in his early teens, when he was given his first mid-range wristwatch which was an Omega Seamaster. Since then he has always been in love with wristwatches!
P.S He is also a big fan of The Man of Steel/Superman.