Editor’s note: This Quick Hands-on Review of the new Formex Reef Green has been photographed with the assistance of Markus from Formex watches. For the detailed version of this review, pease head here. For our usual detailed hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here.
Diver to Behold
On a beautiful bed of dégradé green dial the sunburst effect rules all that it encapsulates; the bold new logo and appliqué indices complement the brushed and polished hands that march along to the tune of time that’s perfectly synchronised thanks to the COSC-certified SW300-1 movement that beats inside.
An inter-changeable bezel frames this magical interaction of light and shade with time, while the facetted stainless steel case featuring a mix of polished and brushed surfaces and measuring 42mm x 11.4mm sits grandly on my ~16cm wrists thanks to the only 48mm lug-to-lug spacing.
With a plethora of user-friendly details, to have the new Formex Reef Green on the wrist is to be in the presence of a watch truly built for the watch enthusiast.
Best Of Both Worlds
The new Formex Reef Green 2.0 with a distinctive case design, COSC-certified Sellita SW300-1 movement, 300m water-resistance, updated 120-click bezel, sweet bezel action, and interchangeable bezels with ceramic inserts simply delights.
It costs 3’000 AUD on the bracelet with 22mm interhorn spacing, and features a quick release system along with micro extension — very comfortable and highly recommended — or 2’800 AUD on the black rubber strap again with a quick release system, and a carbon fibre deployant clasp with micro adjustment system.
The bracelet will get you perfect fit. It’s all about perfection with this brand. Bracelet, case and hands all have a unifying mix of polished and brushed surfaces that I appreciate.
You can choose from 5 dial options – fume blue, green or silver, and black or white. To mix and match as per your tastes, you can also choose between blue, black, green or steel (silver) coloured bezels that are also impressively interchangeable. We reviewed two options here, and you can see, the personality of the timepiece changes instantly.
There is a certain degree of personalisation that I respect and score for the new Formex Reef Green.
Even though inside ticks the stock standard Sellita SW300-1 (self-winding) automatic Chronometer grade movement featuring 25 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve, Formex also includes a custom-built skeleton rotor with thermally blued screws.
It’s a true tool watch, but with classy refinements.
Due to the unique shape, the new Formex Reef Green is a tough one to measure.
- Diameter = 42mm
- 12’o clock to 6’o clock = 43mm
- 9’o clock to 3’o clock (ear to ear) = 47.8mm
- Lug-to-lug = 48mm
- Weight on bracelet = 164g
That’s All Folks!
Dive watches are flooding the streets like a tsunami. From high-end ones to entry-level divers, there is plenty to choose from. So creating a distinctive dive watch for such congested waters is truly difficult.
Enter the new Formex Reef Green.
It takes elements popular in the watch world today — hexagonal design, Genta inspired body, ceramic insert bezels, green colour way — adds a few new tricks of its own — interchangeable bezels, COSC-certified movement, quick release rubber straps and bracelets with micro adjustments on both — and presents with an offering that from both aesthetics and daily wear point of view is simply too good to be true.
And in the process, it’s slowly but surely disrupting the industry.
With the new Formex Reef Green it’s time to throw caution to the wind and grab life by the horns – play, work, or dive; no matter your pleasure, the Reef is ready to accompany you on your next adventure.
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