Lower than a yr after launch, Formex is quietly updating the still-fresh Formex Reef 300m diver’s watch assortment with a brand new characteristic: interchangeable bezels. Please see my full aBlogtoWatch overview on the Formex Reef watch right here. This new practical characteristic is being utilized to all Reef watches shifting ahead and introduces a brand new stage of sporting choices for the properly designed Swiss Made sports activities watch. Formex isn’t the primary firm to introduce bezels that the wearer can pop off and exchange with one thing else, however the expertise is definitely well-refined, and also you hardly ever discover tool-less interchangeable bezels that not solely really feel safe however can even correctly operate as uni-directional, ratcheting turning bezels.
To expertise this new characteristic, I’m trying on the very engaging white-dialed model of the Formex Reef, with 4 complete bezels that Formex despatched over. Every watch comes with one bezel included, and extra bezel choices could be bought for the present value of $160 USD every. The bottom value of the watch itself is lower than $1,700 USD. Every bezel has a metal body and both an engraved metal prime or a ceramic insert. The bezels with ceramic inserts include just a few shade choices together with black, inexperienced, or blue.
To take away the bezel you merely must get beneath it with a finger nail or non-scratch instrument and pop it off. The motion is about as difficult as opening up a can. The choice bezel simply clicks in place and that’s all that you must do. After it locks in place with a satisfying “snap,” you’ll be able to instantly begin turning the bezel as you’d every other 60-click uni-directional diver’s model timing bezel. When the Reef assortment was first debuted, Formex provided a system on its web site that allowed consumers to mix-and-match just a few dial and bezel shade choices. What I feel Formex discovered is that it’s simpler to let somebody select their most well-liked dial shade, after which enable them to buy extra bezels to model their timepiece as they like. Formex nonetheless options the “watch customizer” when ordering a Reef watch, however now consumers don’t must obsess as a lot over the “excellent” dial/bezel mixture.
The Reef watch itself continues to be an aesthetic and efficiency winner. The 42mm-wide case wears a bit on the smaller dimension given the aspect flanks and smaller dial dimension, which has made it in style amongst lovers who need a 300-meter water resistant sports activities watch however not one that’s too massive in dimension. Formex signifies that the Reef has an 11.4mm thickness however that it additionally has a 9.4mm “perceived” thickness when worn on the wrist. Along with the interchangeable bezel characteristic, the Reef additionally has a quick-release characteristic for the strap/bracelet. Formex very a lot has it in thoughts that house owners of the Reef are going to be “reworking” it frequently to go well with numerous model and utility wants.
Extra details about the Reef watch design, background, and performance could be explored in my full overview of the sports activities watch assortment linked above. To recap, the watch accommodates a Swiss Made Sellita SW300 automated motion that has been given a COSC Chronometer certificates for accuracy. This can be a fairly fancy motion for a timepiece at this somewhat inexpensive value level. The 4Hz, 42-hour energy reserve motion options the time together with a date indicator window that’s elegantly positioned symmetrically on the dial on the 6 o’clock place.
My earlier overview of the Formex Reef watch was of the mannequin with a blue dial and inexperienced bezel. I appreciated that shade mixture, however admit that it might be good to have the ability to combine it up a bit. The white-dial mannequin has a unique really feel that’s maybe extra sporty (versus dressy) than the blue dial and has been a sporting favourite of mine. However what bezel do I choose with it? That’s a humorous query since I’m unsure any one of many bezel colours is a transparent winner. Proper now, I’ve the Reef with the steel-on-steel bezel, however I’ve equally appreciated it with every of the ceramic colours. Formex appears to be onto one thing, and I imagine this can be a sensible means of each encouraging individuals to get a Reef watch, whereas additionally holding them “within the Formex household” after they need to get equipment like new straps and, now, new bezels.
Subsequent for Formex is probably going extra strap shade choices and. probably, extra buckle selections. Every of those shall be new merchandise out there for brand spanking new and present Formex house owners to buy. For too lengthy, watch manufacturers have made it too difficult or costly to “decorate” their timepieces. Getting a brand new strap that matches your watch at many luxurious manufacturers is a irritating expertise in coping with their customer support workforce. Why not make objects like this simpler and extra fascinating to purchase? Formex is definitely heading in the right direction. Value for the Formex Reef as configured with the black rubber strap is $1,670 USD. Every extra bezel prices $160 USD. Study extra or order on the Formex watches web site right here.