Makara Sea Serpent Automatic Watch
Makara Sea Serpent Automatic Watch
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Building on its impressive line of ocean-ready timepieces, Makara has launched the Sea Serpent. This hefty 100-meter water-resistant watch draws eyes with its geometric look Read More

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GreggerATX
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Jun 30, 2020
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Mine was defective as well. The dial and bezel are way off, not aligned. I also reached out to Drop to see what my options are.
Jun 30, 2020
danglingelse
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Jul 1, 2020
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Well, you have at least Massdrop, which might intervene as the middle partner. Hope you would all get your refunds. :)
Jul 1, 2020
ZenPhil
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Jun 28, 2020
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My watch arrived defective. Gains several minutes per hour, more than an hour ahead after 24 hours of use...or should I say, useless. Have contacted Drop to ask how I return it and get a refund.
Jun 28, 2020
danglingelse
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Jun 17, 2020
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I would like to give my two cents as well. First of all, I do own this watch, and everything reflect my own -brief- experience with it. Secondly, I also wrote an email regarding my experience to Makara Watches customer service and actually wanted to wait for their reply (at all) until I write here. However it seems that it might take a while. Nevertheless, I would update the post in case of any new information. Anyhow, I purchased the watch directly on Kickstarter to be shipped in March 2020 (to Europe). It is the bronze Sea Serpent with blue dial. After a few months of extra waiting (but acceptable in current situation), I just collected it a few weeks ago from the customs. First impressions were pretty OK. Nice looking watch, heavy but not bulky, materials felt good. Maybe the buckle needed a bit more smoothing, it has pretty sharp edges compared to the case. And yes, the straps are dust magnets. However, I quickly noticed that the bronze case had already started to develop some pretty visible stains. It is not a patina, yet, and I know how quickly bronze can get affected from environment. It simply looks dirty. One expects a new watch in better shape and I can remember seeing bronze watches in mint condition in stores for showcasing. Nevertheless, it isn't nearly disappointing as finding out that the bezel was not aligned correctly with the case. The pointy edges of the bezel do not point to the right directions (i.e. 0°/360°, 90°, 180° and 270°) on the case, but are tilted 6° to 7° in counter-clockwise. So they sit between the markers. Well, once seen, cannot be unseen. It simply bothers me. But, the real problem, as may be known to some of you, is the customer service. I had heard about how poor it is, but based on my budget and willingness to add a bronze watch to my collection, I was ready to lose that kind of money and take the risk, if by any chance the watch needed to be serviced (under warranty). I wasn't expecting to get a faulty watch at the start though. Especially after seeing a good few other buyers on the internet, complaining about the exact same problem or the poor finishing and quality control, I'm a bit disappointed. I would definitely try to reach the Makara customer service, but if it does not work in a considerable time (be it repair or refund), I would visit our local watchmaker to let the watch reassemble again. It is an unnecessary hassle to transact between two continents under current conditions. One more thing (to me a very important one). I would have expected to have a serial number *on* the watch. I mean particularly engraved on the case or in dial etc. It would not just be a nice touch, but a must in my opinion for a limited edition watch. Other than that, an OK piece of watch in my humble opinion (maybe not for the current retail price). PS: Don't gonna comment about the movement. I know what I have paid for and what to expect for it.
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Jun 17, 2020
andrewebay1
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Jun 9, 2020
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Still trying to wrap my head around the whole patina look... and wearing something that looks like it's gone bad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOp9Fwr3lYo
Jun 9, 2020
RayF
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Jun 9, 2020
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Patina is an option--not at all necessary to enjoy your bronze watch. I have three or four of them and have never tried to force a finish on any of them. They're fine as is. Each of the watches below are some version of bronze (depends on the formulation of alloy used). None of them have any real patina on them, nor have I tried to encourage any. If you prefer them shiny and bright (as I do), rather than dull, a quick wipe down with Never-Dull brings them right back to day-one condition.
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And yes, all the original Markara Sea Turtle II's all shipped with three, hundred-dollar bills in the box ;- )
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Jun 9, 2020
Leoanger
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Jun 9, 2020
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A patina on a knife, flashlight, penny, watch.. gives the object a more natural, organic look. Speaking for myself, the ultimate beauty is found in nature. A shiny man-made object is nice to look at, but doesn't have the 'soul' of something that's clearly been used or 'weathered'.
Jun 9, 2020
Cornwallj
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Jun 6, 2020
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Hmmmm this doesnt look like an upgrade worth an extra $100 to me without the nice date window and a slightly better strap.... Crown placement works, and the exrta cuts on the case are alright, but I still think Id prefer a Sea Turtle 2 and a half over this....
Jun 6, 2020
Cornwallj
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Jun 10, 2020
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Eh, I guess I had considered this watch an extension of the Sea Turtle line, but rather than hunt down some original content exposing Makara's intentions I'm lazy enough to wait and see if there ever is a Sea Turtle 3... Okay, I lied I went back to the Makara website. Does the Serpent stand on its own? Of Course. Do I still think this is the Sea Turtle 3? Yeah, but I hope it isnt... I had a whole thing in mind about how my fictional sister had it easier and went to college with Dad's new money after I did everything the hard way earning myself practical street smarts etc. etc.... But rather than subject myself to a keyboard spar with the Ray I've decided simply that if this watch had a date complication it'd be better in almost every way and I'd probably buy it. Now after looking at all of them again I really do want a Makara they're all quite nice and bronze and domed... but I'm stuck waiting for the Sea Turtle III...
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Jun 10, 2020
RayF
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Jun 10, 2020
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A perfect match up—Makara is especially good at making people wait!
Jun 10, 2020
Elky
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Jun 5, 2020
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Couple of words as an owner of Makara Sea Turtle in Bronze: 1. I do not recommend the bronze case. Looks good and grows a nice patina but the thread on my screwn-crown is gone. Checking the forums I see this is not exclusive to my watch. If they didn't improve it I recommend to choose steel one. 2. The rubber strap is rubbish. It gathers all the dust on it. Better plan to switch to something else. Except these two I don't have an issue with my Sea Turtle. Of course it runs NH35 so there's that...
Jun 5, 2020
RayF
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Jun 6, 2020
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Now that you mention it, I'd read the same reports on the crown threads. Mine were initially a little rough, but over the year (or more) that I've had it, the threads seam to have smoothed out to a point where I'd now rate them as Good/Not-an-issue. Perhaps some debris left over from machining worked itself out of the threads? I bought the bronze expecting it to be a little primitive in a salty/nautical/marine sort of way, and not expecting a modern diver sort of finish (and I wasn't disappointed). While both of the watches have screw-down crowns, and water resistance ratings far beyond showers and pool parties, I wouldn't really call either one a true diver. Both are novelty watches in the style of divers. I see them this way:
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In bronze (especially) the Sea Turtle II has the look and feel of an old diving suit, where the Sea Serpent (especially in Stainless) has the look and feel of contemporary SCUBA setup. Agree with you on the Sea Turtle II's original strap--it worked, but did attract lint, dust etc. The strap on the Sea Serpent is completely different--it's much smoother and seems to be more silicone than rubber in feel and appearance. It also features quick-detach spring bars, and most importantly, the buckle (my chief complaint with the Sea Turtle II) has been thoroughly smoothed and polished--no more sharp edges! Yes, I do wish wish Makara would have stuck with the Seiko NH35, instead of switching to the Miyota. That said, that very same Miyota movement is currently in a bazillion other watches throughout the world, and all are happily ticking away at this very moment--including mine ;- )
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Jun 6, 2020
rumata13
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Jun 5, 2020
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is case solid bronze or plated?
Jun 5, 2020
Elky
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Jun 5, 2020
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It's there in the description: CuSn8 bronze alloy.
Jun 5, 2020
OKwhatever
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Jun 5, 2020
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I am interested in the bronze... But I cant find enough IRL images or videos anywhere, just a handful from the manufacturer. The only IRL pics I found were 3 on Instagram by someone who had received one and the comments on those pics were "Mine arrived broken" and "Garbage". Comments on the Kickstarter campaign were much the same so I will prob end up passing.
Jun 5, 2020
OKwhatever
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Jun 5, 2020
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Of course you could`nt mind your own business... You HAD to reply with some irrelevant nonsense about `imagining` how a watch looks before buying it, what a clown. Has anyone ever been able to make a comment on the watch section of DROP without you commenting? Or do you spend every waking hour on here? What a loser... Go home old man. Also, who was `threatening not to buy`? Can you not comprehend?
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Jun 5, 2020
RayF
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Jun 5, 2020
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Trouble with you pussycat, is that you seem to have a lot of buttons and they're all way too easy to push. If I were you, and I didn't want folks to comment on my comments, I suppose I'd probably stop posting comments. You know, 'cause IRL, people tend to use the comments section for commenting--not so much for hiding. On the other hand, if you were specifically referring to MY comments, well, in that case, write down you thoughts on a piece of paper and tuck it under you pillow--that way it'll just be between you and the tooth-fairy ;- )
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Jun 5, 2020
DsS123
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Jun 4, 2020
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The crown is not at 4:00, it’s at 3:45. Hard pass.
Jun 4, 2020
RayF
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Jun 4, 2020
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We're going to miss you.
Jun 4, 2020
RayF
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Jun 4, 2020
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Permit me to clarify...
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As even @Glen8 should be able to see, they are not the same animal, are they? No, they are not. Now as a professional watch complainer myself (and one who earns the big bucks doing so), I can sympathize with young Glen up to a point; yes this watch uses a Miyota movement that doesn't hack--what of it? This watch was up on Kickstarter so long it should have shipped with a beard longer than Billy-damn-Gibbons'! The specs were up and clearly visible the whole time--nothing was hidden. Anyone who was offended by the movement, or any other feature of the watch had nearly a year NOT TO BUY IT. Young Glen insists on comparing the Turtle to the Serpent, despite the fact that they are just NOT the same watch. First off, the Turtle was monster-big and crazy thick (huge domed crystal), in other words, not a watch for the timid. The Serpent is much smaller; a mere 42mm vs the Turtle's 44/45mm case that honestly wore like a 48mm. Obviously Makara intended the Serpent to be a watch with broader appeal; it's smaller, lighter and comes in more color ways, and if memory serves, has a lower MSRP than the Turtle initially did. Accordingly, it's not surprising the movement selected would be up to the task, but not one that would add extra cost. And here's the crux of the issue--there's just no point in beating around the bush: A) no one is buying this watch because they can't afford an SKX007 and, B) this watch isn't a real diver any more than you are! This is a novelty watch, plain and simple. You buy it because you like how it looks, not because it's more accurate than a Seiko Spring Drive, or dives deeper than an Omega Ultra Deep Professional. All this watch has to do is sit on your wrist and entertain you--if it fails at that, it's just not a watch for you. You can complain about its looks, but don't complain about it not being what it was never intended to be. As to Glen's beef about the finish--poppycock! I'm wearing mine now (not looking a picture of one) and the finish is fine. The whole thing is brushed so there really isn't much to screw up. As a bonus, they also come nicely packaged in travel case you'll probably never use. Now, to my issue--the price, I don't like it! But I didn't pay it either. I pre-ordered mine months ago (too many months ago) and got it for fifty-bucks less. So, is it worth the $250 I paid for it? Meh--it's okay ;- )
Jun 4, 2020
RayF
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Jun 5, 2020
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Well I've seen worse (a lot of 'em right here ;- ) As mentioned, I bought this watch a long time ago. Not sure I'd buy it again today--times now ain't like the used to be. Back then I could make a frivolous purchase or two and not have to worry about the results. Today I'm more sober, today I'm more discriminating. I've decided there are more important things to concern myself with than my next only-gonna-where-it-occasionally watch. That may change in the future, but for now, I preceding with caution. Speaking of the future, if I was to fall in love with this watch at some point, I don't imagine it would be too hard to find a handy fellow who could swap out the Miyota movement with something a little more sophisticated. My Gen-1 Monster for instance now beats with an upgraded 4R36 vs the old 7S26. Makes all the difference.
Jun 5, 2020
Glen8
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Jun 5, 2020
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Yeah those swaps are pretty easy as the hands all fit onto the same size shafts, might be somewhat different trying to fit a Seiko where a Miyota was, maybe the new gen Miyota that hacks, but you still would get that perpetual spin thing...
Jun 5, 2020
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