On August 24, 2011, new Tampa-based company Hexa watches will be releasing their first model, the K500. Save for the 500 meter marking on the dial, there is no information on specifications or price yet.
Hexa watches press release:
“We exist to create products that are consistently fresh and exciting by offering new and unique design solutions. All the components and manufacturing processes of our products are designed to withstand the harshest environments – starting with proven movements, surgical stainless steel cases and a group of carefully engineered components to ensure that there are no weak links. The watches are tested, tuned and hand-assembled in the USA with the utmost attention to craftsmanship and precision.
Look for the unveiling of our Premier Edition K500 Diver on August 24 – when we will provide specs, pricing and detailed info. Stop by our site now to catch a sneak peak of the K500 – and sign up for our mailing list to stay informed about all things Hexa.”
Over the last 12 months I have witnessed how indie watch brand have been slowly but surely moving away from “homages” to original designs, and this K500 is one of the latter.
For example, they chose to position the crown at 10 o’clock, a position that prevents it from biting into the wearer’s wrist. A similar concept had already been implemented in 1968 by Seiko and in 1980 by Rolex; but both manufacturers chose to position the crown at 4 o’clock. Hexa pushes the concept further by keeping it on the opposite direction.
The bezel design is pretty much straightforward, and has something “utilitarian” about it.
Let us wait for the pictures of the first working prototypes to find out more about the details of this design…