Formex Divers makes waves with the new GMT spring-off of the Reef collection of watches. Working to combine cool styling with rugged durability Reef GMT Automatic Chronometer 300M Designed as an adventure-ready travel watch that can display three different time zones.
As with the brand’s previous models, the new design features the brand’s patented tool-free interchange bezel and bracelet systems. In addition, the travel watch chooses the finely decorated caliber SW330-2, a chronometer-certified, self-winding mechanism brought to life by the exhibition case back.
The new 42mm by 11.4mm GMT offers the namesake water resistance up to 300 meters and features a guard-protected, screw-down crown along with the signature reef design, a silhouette that uses geometric lugs and other details.
Since the Reef GMT is clearly not a dive watch, its bezel design has been updated to include a piston ratcheting system that provides bidirectional motion. In addition, the bezel, made of zirconium oxide or stainless steel, has a 24-hour scale, which now offers a 48-click design to accommodate GMT functionality. The engraved 24-hour scale is filled with gold and black lacquer or luminous Super-LumiNova BGW9 grade A.
Notably, the dials and color-matched date wheels are created entirely in-house by the brand’s own dial manufacture located in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland. Each watch face requires a complex process of hand applying individual layers of color on top of a radial sunray finish to achieve a subtle gradient effect that darkens towards the outer edge. Bold rehot-style hour markers are triangular in shape and applied by hand. Like the hands they are filled with more lum and emit a bluish glow in the dark.
The new Reef GMT Automatic Chronometer 300M also marks a premiere for Formex, as it introduces a Milanese mesh bracelet to the collection. As this bracelet features a screw-in link structure, the actual length can be adjusted to a specific wrist size, allowing owners to take full advantage of the clasp’s 10mm fine-adjustment extension system.
The Reef GMT Automatic Chronometer 300M Online can be configured with six dials and six bezels, as well as several strap and bracelet options. They include the aforementioned mesh bracelet, a standard metal bracelet, leather and rubber straps as well as a NATO strap. Starting price $1,800 And the watch is now available for pre-order from the brand’s online boutique, with shipping scheduled for early August 2022.
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