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GIVEAWAY: Go Skydiving With Your New Formex Essence Leggera Chronometer Watch

GIVEAWAY: Go Skydiving With Your New Formex Essence Leggera Chronometer Watch Giveaways For December 2019, the annual aBlogtoWatch experience giveaway sponsor is Swiss Formex, and they are going to take one lucky aBlogtoWatch audience member (along with ABTW founder Ariel Adams) skydiving in California. The winner will also receive their own Formex Essence Leggera Automatic Chronometer watch — the latest in lightweight technology and style from Formex.

Building on the popular Formex Essence Chronometer watch platform, the Essence Leggera Automatic Chronometer is built using an ultralight carbon fiber composite case in combination with a highly scratch-resistant ceramic bezel. Sitting 43mm-wide on the wrist, the Essence Leggera uses Formex’s patented case suspension system and houses a Swiss-made STP 1-11 automatic movement which has been officially certified as a Chronometer by COSC in Switzerland.

GIVEAWAY: Go Skydiving With Your New Formex Essence Leggera Chronometer Watch Giveaways

The Essence Leggera Chronometer features a handsome black color palette that is mindful of style. Paired to the carbon composite case is a forged carbon dial, which offers an attractive aesthetic against the legible hands and applied hour markers. The durable case is water resistant to 100 meters with a sapphire crystal over the dial, and the Essence Leggera Chronometer case comes paired with a leather, rubber, or nylon strap with Formex’s tool-less strap removal system and high-performance carbon fiber deployant clasp, which includes a micro-adjust sizing system. Retail price for the Formex Essence Leggara Automatic Chronometer watch is $1,880 USD.

No previous skydiving experience is required to participate in this giveaway, but entrants should be willing to jump out of a plane! Formex is no stranger to skydiving. Current Formex CEO Mr. Raphael Granito is an avid skydiver, and the brand even has an official ambassador who is a record-setting skydiver. That is Mr. Marc Hauser who has set a record for reaching the fastest horizontal speed during a free fall, while also being the subject of an award-winning documentary regarding Hauser as the first person to jump into the planet’s jet stream to promote high altitude window power as an energy source.

GIVEAWAY: Go Skydiving With Your New Formex Essence Leggera Chronometer Watch Giveaways

Formex watches are tough, attractive tool watches with style and purpose. Formex fans include plenty of aBlogtoWatch audience members, and now the brand offers one of them the chance to “live the Formex lifestyle” by skydiving with Formex and aBlogtoWatch. This special experience giveaway is open to anyone, but Formex will only be able to pay for travel expenses within the United States. The winner must also be available to join Formex and aBlogtoWatch for this skydiving experience during the May/June 2020 date window. (Specific dates will be selected in early 2020 after a winner has been announced.)

Question to answer in order to enter giveaway: Formex is currently developing a new diver’s watch model and is interested in the community’s opinion. In your comment below, please share with Formex what you’d like to most see in a Formex dive watch from a functional, material, and style standpoint. Also try to mention whether or not a helium release valve in such a watch would have value to you.

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GIVEAWAY: Go Skydiving With Your New Formex Essence Leggera Chronometer Watch Giveaways

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1. Comment on this post below (on aBlogtoWatch.com, not Facebook, or elsewhere you might see this article) before the giveaway is over with your valid email address where required. (If you’ve signed up for the commenting system before, your e-mail should already be in there.) In the body of your comment, answer the question above.

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3. Wait until the giveaway is over on December 31, 2019 for the winner to be chosen at random. A couple of basic rules. You can only enter once. You must comment with a valid e-mail address where you can be reached. Your comment must be confirmed and approved. You must complete the objectives to be considered. You are responsible for providing your contact shipping information if you are chosen. Shipping restrictions to non-U.S. entrants may apply, based on sponsor’s policies. Giveaway watch selection based on sponsor’s inventory and watch availability. All comments made after the end of the giveaway period will not be considered. If you are chosen as a winner, you then have 24 hours to ensure receipt of your full shipping information or an alternative winner will be chosen. For the full terms and conditions, please click here.

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  • Zil

    I would love to have a Carbon Dive Watch. Something tough and resistant. May be around 43m.

  • j4m3z

    I would like the dive watch to be light, robust and sturdy with great luminosity plus a helium release valve.

  • Vino

    Would love a dive watch that would be tough and thin and under 42mm, a texturized dial with big markers, open case back, interesting case design that makes a technically adequate watch, but with a small footprint. Oh and an impressive bezel! No helium escape valve needed!

  • VladimirRPetreski

    No helium release valve. Combination of both clasic lume and tritium. Make a full lume dial with tritium tube markers on dark printed indices.

  • John

    Very nice! I didn’t care for Carbon Fiber until recently. I got a few watches made from CF and I got used to how light they are so now I do not pass on a watch because it’s not stainless. Love the looks of this watch wish it was a shade larger but 43mm is the smallest size I usually buy. As far as a new dive watch even though I gave up diving years ago I would expect it to be available with Helium release valve, large enough 45mm + easy to read dial, highly visible hands, lots of lume or tritium tubes maybe a combination of both! Additional large strap so you could wear it over a wet suit, a nice lumed 120 click ceramic bezel. Hopefully you would be able to keep it affordable! I have to say I haven’t jumped out of a plane in years either, the few times I did I was strapped to a pro skydiver. Was trying to work my way up to solo but it got too expensive for me.

  • Steven Servantez

    A dive watch would need to have a large clear dial. A titanium case would be great. Obviously, good rubber seals are a necessity. A textured bezel would be a bonus. The helium escape valve should be optional.

  • mufaddal

    Would love to see a watch with lightweight material, longer power reserve and increased readability under extreme conditions.
    Personally I do not use the helium valve but it does not hurt if you throw it in 🙂

  • Russell DeJulio

    I recently turned 66 and have never sky dived -I am in good shape and ready for a new adventure !

    Re the dive watch I would offer both black and blue dials – lume not using gas tubes – a helium valve is a nice add ( likely used by .000000001 % of divers ! ) The watch of course should have an outer unidirectional time bezel – ceramic would be nice – also a date window at 5 or 6 o clock . Thank you for the chance to enter Russ DeJulio Pittsburgh

  • cyklopz

    I like the dial on this rig.

  • Gary Aerne

    Sounds like a great watch. Dont think a valve release is needed.

  • Jonathan

    39-42mm, unidirectional bezel, steel, and high legibility! Helium escape valve not necessary.

  • Ingu Kang

    This Formex Essence is a truly beautiful piece, very under the radar!

  • Kim Wrigley

    Time for a high flying choice.

  • Jakub Lendacky

    This watch is tailor made for me. Very, very nice piece.

  • I’d like to most see in a Formex dive watch a bronze case. A helium release valve in such a watch would not have value to me because I don’t dive that deep to need one.

  • shellieclark

    I would love to win for my son!

  • If I win the watch I will gift the skydiving to someone who will enjoy it more 🙂 This sound like something Raymond would enjoy!

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Certain death ? sign me up !
      Planes arn’t meant to be jumped out. that’s why theres a door

  • Alan Lewis

    Wow..id love to do this.. always on my bucket list…?? the dive watch would be the perfect partner

  • Brice.wgr

    I’l like to see a 44mm divewatch that would be scratch-proof and has a high legibility. An helium escape valve isn’t mandatory but nice to have. BTW that leggera would pair very well with my Formex Element 🙂

  • Varm

    In a diver, I’d like to see smart use of materials (e.g. carbon, ceramic, titanium, etc.), a high quality external ratcheting bezel (many entry-level divers have weak ratchets, or internal bezels controlled by a crown that’s impossible to use with gloves on) high visibility of indices and hands, very strong luminous paint, perhaps luminous paint on the bezel as well. High quality bracelet with micro adjustment is critical for daily wear, and if the intent is to design a “true” diver, an additional diver’s extension should be included. Interchangeable straps would be fantastic, and even better would be a quick change system to allow changing straps without tools. Ideal size is 39-42mm, 20mm lugs, 15mm thick or less. Finally, a helium release/escape valve is fine, but only if it’s automatic. A secondary crown that needs to be opened is, I think, unsightly and a potential second point of water ingress in a watch whose primary function is not to take on water. The regular crown can function as a HEV/HRV so if adding an HEV/HRV means adding another crown just for diver’s styling, my vote is no.

  • Rhino67

    The helium release valve is superfluous for most users. Ceramic bezels are desirable for their durability. I happen to think that a 12 hour bezel works for divers and gives the watch additional functionality. Both stainless and carbon fiber are great, as is titanium.

  • angela

    I’d like something thin with large markers, generous luminosity. perhaps titanium. No need for a helium escape valve.

  • I’d like to see a dive watch around the 42mm size that isn’t too thick. A clear and legible lumed bezel that has either countdown markers or can lick in place. Bright hour markers and an easy to read face as well as easily distinguishable hour, minute and seconds hands. If a countdown bezel isn’t an option then perhaps an additional minute hand that can be set as either a start time marker or a countdown place holder. An inner rotating bezel can also serve this purpose. A large screwdown crown with good crown guards would also be useful. I wouldn’t plan on going too deep in the water with it so a helium escape valve would not necessarily matter to me but I can appreciate its presence. A display case back would be nice but for the sake of having a better depth rating, a well decorated case back would be great. The inclusion of a metal bracelet and either a rubber or nato strap would be the cherry on top.

  • Ignacio

    Loved the watch……

  • I think titanium is an underutilized metal for a dive watch and no helium valve. Crisp blue dial and 42mm would be perfect.

  • Zoran Filipovic

    Great giveaway,

  • Tim

    I did my first SCUBA dive this past summer in Key West. Obviously, a dive watch needs to be water resistant. I also think a good dive watch should have a rotating bezel so I can see the elapsed time + hands and numbers that light up so I can read them underwater.

  • Great robust watch

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Would i jump out of a plane for a free watch…..bloomin’ right i would. This give away is eerily quiet. Is it something to do with facing death?

  • luis4gevo

    I would love a titanium watch. Light weight and tough.

  • Phlip74

    I really like this watch! Another great one for the giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to watch!

  • Phlip74

    Ok so I would like to see a Titanium case or maybe some recycled materials used to make an environmentally sound watch! It is always cool to see watches made from recycled airplaine parts, since there is a huge aircraft junk yard! Also I really like the way the Helium release valve looks on a dive watch, so I think yes it adds value to the watch for me!

  • This is a beautiful piece.

  • ray h.

    I’m in,,would love the experience and the watch !

  • Markus

    This case shape with a lime inlaid bezel will be a classic

  • Aaron

    I’d love the watch, and I’d love to go skydiving again!

  • Daniel D.

    Dive watch, 42mm with great lume

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Why would you wear sun glasses to sky dive>?

  • Petr K?ístek

    The watch is amazing. I would love it.

  • kamal rai

    Things were pretty hard for me in winning the giveaway. Hopefully this time it will be in my favour.

  • Oliver

    Really liking this new addition with the use of carbon to Formex’s line.

  • Erik Anghagen

    It looks great – the shape and color really appeals to me – Great job Formex

  • Tim

    I’m a fan of exotic materials – Carbon Fiber, Titanium, Ceramics

  • Brett Lintvelt

    A dive watch – in stainless with ceramic uni-directional bezel, super luminova indices / numbers. No helium valve.
    Also consider screw in bars. Low profile auto movement.

  • Bryan A

    Smaller on the wrist, 38 or 39MM. As thin as possible and high on the lume please. Helium release valve provides little value in my opinion.

  • Daniel Dieringer

    That’s a pretty slick looking watch. It would also look nice on a NATO strap or leather strap.

  • Kirian Yee

    A dive watch with Carbon fiber and a colourful strap would be nice.

  • Curt Thompson

    I’d like to see a simple design 100% made in titanium with tritium lume, or other innovations in lume. I think a helium release valve is a little gimmicky.

  • bib

    Beautiful watch, the dial is stunning!

  • IDDQD

    Very stealthy

  • Jon W

    I would like to see a 42-43 mm titanium diver with black dial and white (monochromatic) indices & numbers (only 3,6,9,12 please), ceramic bezel, symmetrical with no date, and definitely no unnecessary helium escape valve,

  • Roland Singer

    I think a coin edge bezel with sapphire or ceramic insert is always a winner on a diver. Thin helps, too, with diameter of 41 or less, so it can be worn dressy. Those are my preferences…and I would not pay a premium for a He valve, and don’t like them sticking out from the side anyway.

  • spotpuff

    a 40mm+ Titanium w/ lume.

  • lel

    i would like to see a smaller case diver watch, also would like to see a meteorite dial on a case like this one

  • OK Guys, please count me OUT of the competition.I’m only participating for the thrill of the ride!

    Just like the Formex Essence Leggera, meet its match, the Aston Martin DBS Super Leggera https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9ed34065f64cd1df9f97bb2dd7496fe068f5b45f5b474b780c1a4c60f03b5404.jpg Sophisticated machining dripping of quality, Performance Driven Design,Ceramic Bezel-like Brakes https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/69153c1921487da43cd2be1183a4d2577dc8bbf642a694fc342364add658d5f7.jpg Immaculately sculptured carbon fibre inspired design https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/019edbf1f86190740aee2a669c604e60f5c72d36e5c8585b24f7d9237ae1da69.jpg COSC Certified Accuracy and Acceleration from 0-62mph

  • Bob Sebastian

    While I would appreciate a bronze cased watch, I also think a case and bracelet that stands out, like blue or burgundy, could really be striking with a complimenting dial color.
    In terms of the face, I really have a thing for full luminous dials, maybe with tritium tubes.
    Add a GMT and skip the helium release valve and it would be a winner for me.

  • Gregg Turcich

    The Essence is quite a handsome watch. It would look great on my wrist during a skydive!
    As to a dive watch; it needs to be clear and uncluttered, and meet ISO 6425 standards, helium release valve not so much.

  • Harold

    Very nice watch, thanks for the review. My preference is for a thinner case with larger markers, excellent luminosity. Titanium would be good. Helium escape valve not required.

  • equinoctialgale

    40 mm, titanium, no helium release valve.

  • Flavio Aleixo

    I would love to se a 40-43mm dive watch, with a chronometer movement, tough bronze case and perhaps a blue or green dial! 300m water resistance, but no need for he valve!

  • Humphrey Mar

    Helium release valve: not needed because I don’t actually dive. Dive watch elements that I’d love to see would be high visibility, durability, reliability; skeletal back; date window; matte black stainless steel finish.

  • Seth

    Stylistically: I’d _love_ to see Formex create their upcoming dive watch with a California dial, as this is a really striking way to stand out from other offerings.
    Helium release valve: unnecessary and somewhat overdone, frankly.

  • TKoren

    I feel the perfect dive watch would be 40-42mm, very rugged and elegant, great lume and easy to read, a separate single hand that can be used to mark hours or minutes, and a rotating bezel for marking time. I spend a lot of time in the field going from land to water and need mark two different start times. Or maybe you want to mark your parking meter time and a time your meeting a friend or family member. No escape valve needed.

  • Maria Katie

    The Essence is awesome !

  • Jay Rothman

    I love the Formex essence and the carbon leggera is certainly a unique addition to the line! My idea for a dive watch is a titanium watch with a sapphire Bakelite style bezel and a bracelet with easy micro adjustment you can do by hand without a tool, a helium valve isn’t of use to me so I’d say it doesn’t need one, it’d only add to the cost and only a deep sea diver would need one. Also it would be cool if Formex could include a nylon strap with the carbon buckle with the diver and a special watertight box.

    Ps. Thanks for the opportunity ablogtowatch id love to get the watch but I don’t know if I’d go skydiving 🙂

  • Emre Bülbül

    Helium release valve: overkill and not needed in my opinion. A good lume and small case size, I think, is what everyone wants, including me 🙂

  • Low~Rotor

    Needs to be 42mm. No more than 16mm tall, Stainless Steel with matching bracelet with micro-adjustment. A choice of 3 dial variants please (any more and things get expensive!) Classic looks but not a heritage re-hash please.

    Helium release valve: not necessary. I view this as a gimmicky and non-functional selling point only. I’m not going down 30 atmospheres of pressure.

    (Can the winner choose the grey dial variant?? love it).

  • Christopher

    For a dive watch I’d like to see something right around 40mm and not thicker than 12mm. To carry over some of the Formex DNA, keep the case lightweight and strong by using titanium. Preserve the aesthetics by pairing the case with a carbon bezel (unidirectional, of course) insert. Keep the carbon dial, but up the legibility factor with broad hands and painted/lumed hour markers. No date for simplicity and no helium escape valve because I’m not planning to saturation dive anytime soon.

  • Sagi Yogev

    gilted face panels, or at lease panel ring, will be more than welcomed.
    42 mm will be well respected as well.
    Helium release valve is not necessary.

  • Tony G

    Bright lume, 120 click ceramic bezel and both rubber and bracelet included in the purchase. A Helium escape valve makes no difference to me and 99% will likely never get used.

  • Alan

    What I would like to see in a new dive watch:
    42-45 mm case
    Lumed unidirectional ceramic bezel
    Lumed Arabic numerals, 12, 6, 9 to be different from traditional diving watches
    Day – Date
    Black, White, and Blue dial variants
    Bracelet has diving extension and micro-adjustment
    22mm lugs width with drilled lugs
    Minimum 200 meter certified diver, additional depth is only needed on commercial diving watches
    I only see the need for a helium escape valve on commercial diving watches

  • Manzur Dan

    Helium escape valve is not a must for me, I would like to see a Titanium, 40-41mm , day date very legible dive watch with a high titanium bracelet.

  • 40-42 diameter, 120click bezel, lots of lume. Helium valve? Not for me.

  • Alec Barrett

    A helium escape valve I think makes little to zero advantage because anyone who is going to legitimate depths is working on a level of professionalism that…well a dive watch is for redundancy dive computers exist for reasons.

    I think the the most commonly overlooked element in a dive watch is the actual design of the bezel. It’s virtually universal that the bezel has basic hashes and spaced numbers when there’s quite a lot of design space that can go into colours and shapes to make it legible at a glance without having to sit and reference, which aids everyday usability to check on something “in fifteen minutes” in the air that dive watches exist in most of the time.

  • Sathya Silva

    It is the best !!

  • llutomski

    It’s beautifull

  • Ramon Costa

    Awesome piece! I looks great!

  • SPITX206

    A dive watch must comply with ISO 6425, have a diameter of 40-42mm, come on a bracelet and include a rubber strap. The watch and bracelet should be constructed of titanium. Various colored dials should be offered, including orange. It would be very nice if the watch was approximately 12mm thin.

  • Gregg

    Not sure I want to go skydiving, but I like the watch.

  • Amanda Kline

    I don’t think that the helium release valve is necessary. The elements in the dive watches I would like to see are durability, easy to see, and a black finish is nice.

  • Randy Bradford

    I need a watch that can be read with out a heavy reading glass. plus a good lighted dial

  • Dan Baxter

    While the HE release valve lends a certain cache, it’s not necessary on 99+% of dive watches. That being said, I’ve got several models that have one. High visibility is far more critical, as well as the unidirectional divering. I am a fan of the internal timing ring as in the Christopher Ward Makaira, among others.

  • Jordan Rausch

    I don’t think the helium escape valve is a must, instead focus on the legibility, lume, and offering several dial colours and strap options. Gotta keep the bracelet and rubber band camps happy!

  • Joshua

    Formex’s foray into dive watch territory should focus on their strength: shock resistance. I would like to see a titanium case with ceramics or other advanced materials utilized for crown/bezel/bracelet/etc to make it ultra sturdy. Leave out the helium release valve – it offers zero functionality for 99% of wearers and only adds one more point of failure.

    I would also like to see a more aggressive handset for better visibility, but stay away from the common dot&dash markers – just evolve your current style with more prominent indices. Good luck!

  • Christina Jensen

    I would love to see more colors available.

  • Zaskar36

    AWESOME giveaway!

  • Peter Benkmann-Photography

    Looks great and functions superbly. Too bad, that this time the give-away does exclude most of the watch enthusiasts as it does with me …

  • DaveDRanged

    This would be a very nice gift to myself. Looks great.

  • AH

    Amazing. Looks like a beautiful watch. Thanks for the oppotunity!

  • Leland Williams

    I like the styling and functionality of this watch. The helium release valve is not something that I`m I used to as most of my diving has been sport. I can see were it be functional for saturation diving.

  • D.C.

    Great lume and maybe a depth indicator? Helium valve not important for most divers.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Orange dial option, ceramic bezels, 300m, and good lume. Helium release valve not necessary, but fine if discrete.

  • Mickey

    Awesome dial, rotor shape reminds me of a Miyota, so I would change the cut-out decoration, otherwise a great looking watch!

  • roland monkman

    amazing watch giveaway thanks for the opportunity to win it!!!

  • Tony Platz

    Awsome watch great functionality.

  • Eric Thompson

    Thank you for introducing me to the Formex brand. Maybe this will be an opportunity to add one to my collection.

  • heatherswanson

    Perfect for my boyfriend.

  • Calvin F.

    A helium release valve would be a neat feature, but certainly not necessary for my lifestyle. What a well built masterpiece.

  • Erin N

    Awesome watch and giveaway 😀 Happy Holidays and thank you!

  • Claus Hoerandner

    Would love to see something slim. All the divers coming out are all chunky. Something slim would really be something unique in the market place.

  • pawel debik

    Don’t really care about Helium valve as I don’t actually dive with dive watches. I do like em for their sturdiness. For a new model, bronze case with blue dial would be cool.

  • rismit

    styling and functionality What more?

  • I’d like to see new colors

  • Brian Kautz

    very bright Luminous markers

  • theponyhalf~

    I would like a lightweight but strong band with some flexibility

  • Grenouilleman

    Very nice.

  • Jason Kinnin

    New Colors

  • Orna Soref

    like to have it to my dad

  • nickie burke

    Awesome giveaway!

  • Norman

    Helium escape means nothing to me. Spend more time as a desk diver, so it nice if the watch is capable of being dressed up a bit, while still maintaining its tool soul. Would be disappointed with fashion color variety, but do like some design forward appeal. Lume is important. Don’t know if a combo of traditional lume and tritium tubes makes any sense. Have a soft spot for GMT lately, though not sure how that ties into a diver.

  • John Simpson

    Two words…Bright Lume for dark water diving. I do dive so the escape valve is actually useful.

  • Krishna

    I love the watch the way it is. Carbon materials add very high readability while maintaining the look and feel of the watch. Helium escape does not mean anything to me as I am not a serious diver but I would not mind having the function. It is a ‘nice to have’ function. Since it is meant to be a dive watch, I would probably prefer a rubber strap and high luminosity (probably add tritium tubes).

  • Adrian Choo Cheng Yong

    Firstly, I believe there is no need for a helium escape valve. It adds to the cost while providing minimum function to 99% of users out there. In terms of function: 300m water resistance just to match the big boys Rolex and Omega. 120 click rotating bezel, the patented Formex Case Suspension system for shock absorbance, on the fly Divers extension on the bracelet, 40-42mm case diameter to allow it to double as a dresswatch (more on that later), best grade of lume material available. Material: Grade 5 Titanium for both case and bracelet, fully lumed ceramic bezel insert, sapphire glass. Style: A dressy diver would be great Eg: Slightly thinner bezel, cleaner dials (less words), 3o’clock crown.

  • drhrva

    Good lume and easily grasped bezel is necessary. Depth indicator would be great. Helium release valve is not really necessary.

  • Chris Davidson

    Would love to win this. Thank you! 🙂

  • SJ

    Wowza nice watch! Fingers crossed on the win!

  • dr.alexandris

    For a Formex dive watch, i would like to see the following: functional: day date, unidirectional bezel, high readibility and lume, material: stainless steel, titanium / and style standpoint: something bold like the helson shark diver like. I dont think a helium valve is of any value.
    Thank you very much for adding me in the giveaway.

  • Fearless_fx

    I think the brightest lume possible would be the best feature. Also helium release has no use to me since I don’t dive.

  • Brad

    Easy to read and durable are important to me. Release valve not so much.

  • Nate White

    A formex dive watch? Nice. I still can’t find one that fits my desires, so here goes: 47-48mm and not more than 14mm tall; curved luges so it hugs the wrist; hardened, scratch resistant titanium; less bezel/more mildly domed sapphire crystal (I love big crystals and don’t love wide bezels); a power reserve is nice; an instrument-like dia, with wide, thick hands (I like zrc grand fonds oversized hands for legibility); and loads of lume, with an eye more toward long life over initial brightness. And hex screwed strap bars….now let’s jump! ?

  • Jose Felipe Garcia Vivanco

    I would like to see all in iron with some inserts of carbon with luminor for the finishing. Also some composing with seriousness about being a diver watch but with classy suit fit.

  • Utku Caglayan

    I would love to see a smaller case without a helium escape valve. It would be awesome

  • Martin Chiu

    How about a vintage inspired 38-40mm diameter for those with small wrists. Maximum lume, unidirectional bezel, Sapphire crystal

  • Andrei Mihaila

    There is a lack of small divers on the market. All divers have helium valve, 1000m water resistance and all types of gymnicks we don’t actually need. A small 38 mm diver inspired from old Tags 2000 with a combination of vintage Seiko would be a real winner. 90% of buyers do office desk diving and really use the watch in the water a few times per year in pool or seaside.

  • gtbr

    I’d like to see a titanium made with date time.

    • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

      Can you bend Titanium??

  • Joe in WI

    Personally, I prefer smaller cases; somewhere in the 38mm-40mm range, but this thing looks sweet. I have zero use for an HEV. I think a very high percentage of divers have zero use for an HEV. This very Superleggera would be a great basis for a dive watch! Jam an internal dive bezel in there, another crown to control the dive bezel, massive hands, and massive lume plots. Maybe throw some titanium bits on there too for a little bit less murdered-out look.

  • grandma 1

    perfect gift for my hubby. fingers crossed.

  • Danijel Tojagic

    I always prefer steel, if it is possible to install a depth gauge. big numbers, good lighting. that’s it

  • Dominic Cloutier

    Shark fins.

    And no

  • Claude Robert

    Looks like an ordinary watch at first and until one read all the details about it’s components and what this watch is designed for, making it essential for no other sport/passion that is skydiving.

    This watch also serve as “double edge sword” as it is also very fashionable for everyday use. .

  • Steve

    A dream dive watch should be 300m, 42mm w/o crown, ceramic bezel with pearl dot, brass case, royal blue dial with lume, helium is not necessary for me. The most important is swiss heart and swiss made.

  • Claude Robert

    Very fashionable with a purpose!

  • Max Attack

    I would like to see at least a minim a 200m capable watch at 40mm. It must have atomic lume I can read by at night. A 120 click dive bezel that has zero play and lines up properly with the dial markers, a ceramic insert that has atomic lume. A helium escape valve is not something I think is needed, and most often is just an eye sore. A watch does not have the following a heart or a soul, but should have a quality movement, ETA 2892 maybe. Stainless steel case, not brass or bronze.

  • Kevin Beard

    I like when they put lume into the bezel markers.

  • arthur gusowski

    Aside from the 200 meter water resistance i would like to see a fully graduated unidirectional bezel with the 15, 30, and 45 marks lumed. Other than that you cant go wrong with a stainless steel case with an crazy mount of lume and big numerals. As for the giveaway i cant jump out of a plane due to medial reasons. Beautiful watch though

  • James

    This is a cool watch. Does a skydiving adventure go with the giveaway???

  • Adam Moniz

    Nice to see this watch here. Excited to see who will win it!

  • Nick

    I would love to see the blue and red colour scheme common with luxury dive watches. Personally a helium release would not be useful to me.

  • Allen Ross

    I’d love to see it in 42mm and titanium case.

  • Yaakov List

    I would love a dive watch with a blue dial with contrasting hands in steel, very legible.

  • ijg projects

    Formex Watches are Ultra Cool and Tough as Nails!

  • Mike O

    40mm case with thickness not more than 14mm. 300 meters water resistant. Titanium case and bracelet. “On the fly” bracelet expansion not requiring tools. Additional rubber strap. Simple, indexed bezel. Chronometer certified. No HEV. Minute and seconds hands that touch the minutes/seconds track on the dial (if the track is applied/printed on the dial). Handset and indices proportionate to the dial. No “fauxtina.” Date function. Moderate sized, screw-down crown that can be operated with light gloves.

  • Michael Kopala

    Black is the perfect color for this watch. Very attractive and very functional. Add a NATO (i.e. ‘ a James Bond’) strap and you are good to go.

  • Alana LeSueur

    Great looking watch..I really like the size and design.

  • Kit W

    I’d very much like to see variants with a fully lumed bezel and option for a smaller and/or black pvd case in the upcoming diver’s range. I see very little purpose of a helium escape valve seeing that I’m not a professional diver. Thanks ABTW and Formex – truly unique design!

  • Dickson Chen

    It’s a cosy looking & stylish watch that I probably not only wear it to skydiving but also partying.

  • M. Rogers

    Definitely think a Formex dive watch would sell. Like someone else mentioned, tritium please! I have helium escape valves on a couple of my watches and even though I like the aesthetic it provides, the function itself does nothing for me.

  • Jonathan Hancock

    That is a cool looking watch. I really dig that dial!

  • whit.h

    First, thanks to abtw and Formex! I would also love to see some tritium tubes. I wish I saw them more and surprised they aren’t used more often. A 120 click bezel and around a 40-41mm case size would be ideal. I don’t think a hev is necessary but 300m rating would be great! A blacked out carbon case would also look awesome!

  • Frits van der Veer

    Very sexy design, will look great on my wrist 😉

  • Miles Escajeda

    A thin, legible, dive watch I think would set it apart from the crowd. Seeing thick, bulky dive watches on guys in offices just never seems to work well. Using new techniques and case materials to achieve this would really make it stand out. Imagine a forged carbon/ titanium thinner watch that could take a true pressure beating. I salivate at the thought!

    As for the helium relief valve, let’s be honest, anyone like myself looking for a “office appropriate” dive watch will never put that to use. BUT, and it’s a big BUT! Who doesn’t like to explain they have the most advanced (car/phone/watch) they use to commute, take dog selfies, and display at the board meeting.

    This is a great opportunity to stand out in the market and I think Formex can do it!

  • Konstantinos Adamopoulos

    Black on black is the new trend. Looks so cool and sporty !

  • Steven Stone

    Id like to see black on black with neon green numbers.

  • Libby Gibson

    What an awesome giveaway!

  • IPL

    Cool watch

  • D Park

    Tactile feel is huge. The way the bezel moves, strap clicks, etc. Micro adjustments are always nice as well

  • kw

    PVD coatng

  • Harley D boy

    yeah like this watch but to scared to enter this competition 😛
    ps. no i don’t like all this helium valve business . not needed for my trips to the beach

  • Péter Nagy

    Formex should make a 42mm diver made from ceramic+carbon fiber, with sapphire crystal, of course, fully lumed bezel insert and some vibrant splash of color, orange, yellow, or even bright green. A helium escape valve would not be necessary, I think skipping it would give even more credit to the tool watch purpose.

  • k2

    40mm bronze case, black dial, exhibition back, 120-click bezel.

  • Benny Nem

    39-41mm but not too thick (tall), 13mm max, slimmer better, chronometer certified and anti-magnetic, titanium case, ceramic bezel, sapphire crystal, easily adjustable bracelet/clasp, helium valve not needed.

  • Antony Norris

    Formex should make a smaller sized dive watch ( 40mm) in titanium. A helium escape valve wouldn’t be necessary.

  • Tobi Tool

    I like the vintage inspired style, esprecially the compressor style. An helium release is not important to me.

  • Walter Van Tine

    A helium release valve is ALWAYS of value. A luminescent dial and hands with a contrasting face woul be perfect!

  • jovier champagne

    I would love to see a rotating bezel and gmt hand on a formex diver. Stylistically they already look great, those are just the functions I enjoy on divers. Thanks! Hope I win!

  • diverfan

    That is really a sweet looking one. I’ve wanted a formex since I got into collecting, but, usually a bit too pricey for my account lol. I agree, smaller, 38-40 would be cool.

  • Ménesi Gergely

    Oooooohboii 🙂

  • Mathieu

    Nice giveaway for a cool watch! The case could have been smaller in regards of the mouvement.

  • Marlene V

    I would really like the watch to be durable and trendy. helium release valve isn’t important for me.

  • Kumaran Ramu

    I would love a 42mm diver in bronze with sapphire crystal, fully lumed bi-directional bezel and vibrant dial in yellow/orange. Display caseback is irrelevant or not a specific feature to be on diver; but i prefer a it in all my watches.

  • ManuelMV

    Steel, rotating bezel, screw down crown, steel case back, helium valve, blue dial, and for style I would like to see something based on function, a tool watch.

  • Andra Freiberg

    A functioning dial is a must for a usable diving watch. A light would be useful too.

    I’m in for the skydiving btw if you can pay for travel from Canada!

  • Sárándi Attila

    For a Formex dive watch, i would like to see the following: functional: day date, unidirectional bezel, high readibility and lume, material: stainless steel, titanium / and style standpoint: something bold like the helson shark diver like. I dont think a helium valve is of any value.
    Thank you very much for adding me in the giveaway.

  • Peter Jones

    Not leaping from a plane unless its on the ground these days but a luminous dial would add to the already classy finish.A helium valve not necessay unless the jumper is full of hot air

  • Tyler G

    I’d like to see a sleeker aerodynamically designed watch.

  • David Fisher

    Interesting use of materials. I like the six oclock date position because I want to know the date at quarter after sometimes but not half past.

  • Jonathan Davies

    In my opinion quality determines a good dive watch. If I can’t trust wholeheartedly that my watch will be airtight, I’m not even going to wear it in the rain. Other than that, I really enjoy a diver with classic diver style that separates it from field watches. I am not a big fan of huge hands but a good middle ground would be cool. Helium release valves are cool looking even though people don’t seem to use them often. I don’t mind either way but it may help a watch stand out.

  • ?????

    Excell in finishing all the components to a high level. Make the watch stand out in its smallest details. What Grand Seiko has done. That’s what I’d suggest. Helium escape valve not necessary

  • Kelly O’Neal

    Bracelet, sapphire, exhibition back, 120 click ceramic bezel without hash marks, 300 meters, choice of sunburst colorways, blue lumen, no helium valve.

  • GKS

    I’d like a Formex dive watch to be a carbon composite statement inspired by the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000. Similar tough construction, 600m strength, designed for great legibility (Super-LumiNova Grade X1 in White Line and Ultramarine Line colors) and maintenance, 46-48mm oversize case, 48-hr plus power reserve. Classic style with modern construction. No need for helium escape valve. Keep the forged carbon dial and the date at 6 o’clock position.

  • Manuel

    Carbon case, 300m rating, quality rubber strap, no helium valve.

  • J-Dec

    Stunning!!

  • Mark Mason

    A Formex Dive watch in Carbon Composite material, Italian rubber, Sapphire glass and some decent lume on vintage markers would be great. Perhaps a choice of clean contrast colour, such as markers and name would be good. No need for Helium escape valve. Like the date at 6 o’clock too.

  • Natalie S

    Haven’t heard of this brand before, but this watch looks great! Like on Facebook and following on Instagram! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  • Martin Krocil

    Diver? 300+m rating, sapphire with inner antireflex, 120click sapphire bezel, lumed/but only slightly-like 4 corners, not Las Vegas, larger size raised indexes, size max 43mm /14mm – there is way too many heavy tuna cans out there.. High quality lume, if perfect, try to get the “ultimate black dial” substance 😀 or make it a bit vintage, that is quite popular lately. Thinking about dark shark leather/tooth dial as a limited edition too. Thank me later 😀

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    Grandma: One entry only per contest.

  • Dries Van Houtte

    A more robust yet elegant look is most important for me in a diver watch. I like the steel black.

  • Matthew Brenneman

    This watch looks amazing. I like the look, the movement is also nice looking. I would love to wear this watch everyday.

  • Mike Bookhardt

    Beautiful pieces Formex. For a dive watch, even at more shallow depths, greater than 10 feet but less than 60 feet, lumination and visibility become key. A Large, well lumed dial is important, as well as a unidirectional bezel, lumed as well. Also Yes, the helium escape valve is important, not so much for my diving, but for a TRUE dive watch. Not having the ability to release built up pressure, until you back on board a dive boat, in a dry environment, can’t be good for the watch movement, and crystal.

  • Jesper

    I think Formex is spot on with this watch. Cool to see a black divers watch. The helium release valve is not something I need, but I do like to see it on a divers watch. It makes it a divers watch

  • Robin Bullock

    I think Formex should create a way to allow the wearer to change the color of the hands. A helium release valve would be of no use to me.

  • Richard Arseneault

    I feel that the dive watch should have easy to read numbers that maintain their luminosity. Like any standard dive watch, the bezel must rotate in the counter-clockwise direction. For the professionals, I am sure they would look for the added feature of the helium release valve.

  • wow. this is nice formex. i like to see a camera and a waterproof.

  • Moran

    I would like to see a Formex bronze watch

  • Gary Hughes

    Great looking watch, would be a privilege to wear this beautifully crafted item everyday. I’ve never considered jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft before but for this and in California… Count me in

  • Matthew Moy

    I would like to see a bronze watch with tritium tubes. I don’t think anyone else has done that. Helium escape valve would be nice.

  • Shaun Buchanan

    I would say 2 things that are needed in a dive watch is adjustability and illumination. First the adjustability, as most divers do not depend on an actual watch as a primary anymore, the watch being easily adjusted to fit on a wet suite and then back on the wrist is essential. Second, is the illumination, a dive watch needs to be easily read under water regardless of visibility and the amount of sunlight. The addition of strong illumination or tritium makes this happen.

  • Marco Cipriano

    Been eyeing the brand for a while. Love the simplistic look !

  • helobuff

    Stunning watch. You write great reviews on all these watches! My husband would flip over this one. <3 Thank you for the great reviews and giveaways! I liked you on all channels you have- facebook, instagram and the other page as well. Happy Holidays!

  • Hartmut Schulze

    Would be my second Formex watch. I love the brand

  • jovier champagne

    Watch looks awesome! In a dive watch from formex I would love rotating bezel, 6 o’clock date window and an adjustable clasp making it easy to change size at any given moment.

  • David Broska

    I really like the looks and handling of my Essence. In a dive watch, perhaps what I would like is interesting materials to complement the interesting engineering. Perhaps titanium case, or sapphire bezel.

  • Mr. Mechanico

    I’d love to see a ceramic rotating bezel and an adjustable clasp with a push-button slider. Personally, I don’t really care for a helium escape valve. Most of the time, I think it interferes with a clean design.

  • Trevor Scofield

    Helium escape valve is nice but not necessary. A unique font on the bezel insert. 12 or 10 o’clock crown could be interesting.

  • 0059mike

    I dont have a need for a helium escape valve.

    I would like the watch to be 300m , cosc, ceramic bezel and date. band should be extendable and sailcloth

  • Fred

    Helium Escape valve should only be a feature if the depth that you will allow to reach needs it… Ceramic Bezel insert with lume, not shaped like Omega Seamaster with waves! 42mm, adjustable dive clasp, all 316L Steel. I would love to see something inspired by Stellaris Diver in blue or black/grey.

  • Michael Patterson

    I love the clean look of the watches. Not cluttered looking at all. A nice dark blue face in a matte black frame would be pretty nice. I have no need for a helium escape valve, but that’s just me.

  • Alexey Petrov

    I would like to see a Formex carbon watch. Helium release valve is not so important

  • David Baranov

    This is a really nice watch, I would love to wear it. It would be cool to see formex try out an thin elegant dress watch but with many hits of their iconic rough tool style incorporated.

  • Kevin Dodge

    Love diver watches, definately needs good lumen, chronograph, crystal face, steel or rubber band.

  • ?ukasz G?d?ek

    For the diver I would like to see it made of titanium with simple dial design (preferably light blue dial with black marks and hands). Strap which can be easily adjusted. Helium release valve is not necessary for me.

  • John Peter Holt

    Wish i could be more original but I’d like to see the case made out of bronze. Bright lume is a must and a not-to-complicated sleek dial.
    I personally don’t have a need for the valve.

  • On any/every diving wristwatch, I want a rotating timing bezel!

  • Joshua West

    As to functionality must be able to go more than 1000 feet under water. As to materials bronze has a long maritime history or carbon fiber for a futuristic look & a rotating timing bezel is a must & sapphire crystal with a date function. On style I would love to see a dive / pilot watch with appropriate features for both uses. The lume should be of the highest quality presently available which is “New Swiss Super-LumiNova Grade X1” a 12 hour lume made by Tritec a Swiss company.

  • Sean Ely

    Nice looking watch but I would rather have titanium..

  • Jeffrey Mondlock

    Would love to see the dive watch have varying rotating bezel color scheme options As well as a big date on the dial.

  • Stan Litvin

    Very nice watch. Looking forward to win!

  • Pro-f-sor

    600m, helium release and closed back would be an option

  • Jack Sexton

    Would like to see it be 40mm or slightly smaller, titanium case, and no helium release valve.

  • Týr Miranda

    Thank you for the contest!

  • Týr Miranda

    Forgot to include my answer to the question. A 300m depth would be optimal. Rotating bezel is a must, though I agree with other comments that color choices would be preferable as well. The valve release isn’t a huge deal to me but if it could be included without sky-rocketing the cost that would be a plus.

  • Kevinb

    No question that a nautical theme deserves a bronze option. 40mm to 42mm and 1000 foot capable. Nice and clean numbers not the circles like most others. I have never seen a coral face, that would be cool!

  • Ionesi Victor

    Bright lume very important than titanium case and orange color. The helium valve not necessary.

  • tsujigiri7

    A forged carbon dive watch would be interesting since there are not many options available on the market. The helium escape valve wouldn’t be necessary.

  • Rich LPS

    In a diver, I would like to see lightweight materials. I think the technology is there to produce highly functional watches that are also very light weight and strong.

  • bert gillespie

    No escape please, Like putting an aftermarket spoiler on a Porsche. Watch looks great thin!

  • JPLQ

    In a diver I would like to see a brighter lume, lightweight and the helium escape valve wouldn’t be necessary.

  • John Cherry

    Love the advanced material use (Zirconium oxide, forged carbon) but would also like to see more variety in case materials. That is, titanium (especially), bronze, etc would be great. I think a helium valve would not be needed, it’s only for saturation divers.

    Look forward to the skydiving! 😉

  • Zak

    I’d love to see it come with a rotating bezel ?

  • Roy

    I would like to see 42 or 41mm and a quartz movement option with the same build quality. Maybe spring drive but it’s unlikely.

  • Patrick Koch

    I would prefer to have titanium case with a high quality rubber strap, a lumed ceramic bezel at around 43 to 42mm and not a retro “turtle” style case. A helium escape valve is definitely not a concern for me.

  • Darren Scrubb

    I do not need a helium release valve. Also I would like to see a rotating bezel/

  • wayne gohl

    Who doesn’t like a quality watch!?

  • markahaviland

    Beautiful watch, absolutely sporty lines.

  • kvks kumar

    From functional point of view I believe it should have the lume for visibility on dial numbers(may be not on all of them just the four), hands and obviously the rotating bezel which is bidirectional for making things easy. May be few gauges for a quick alarm(something that flashes instead of vibrate) or some other measurements. May be hybrid watch functionality that would embed few smart watch features into it but would work in traditional way when there is no charge left in the watch. The material can be lightweight but yes it may be from titanium or bronze for showing off :D. But it should have some coating for preventing damage due to salt water. May be ceramic coating or something. Also I feel having some coating that would help the material last long because watch is something that can be kept for years together. So having the watch last longer like new would preserve a lots of great memories to be taken to the generations ahead. As far as the styling is concerned I believe having a minimalist clean design with clearly visible markings. The additional features like gauges or anything unique that is added should not create problem to the main features of a diver watch. The watch shouldnt be too small because it couldnt be easy to read. At the same time having a bulky or big watch wont have enough space to put other smart gadgets set on the wrist. The valve I believe may not be required if the watch could be equipped with a stronger glass. Hope that is helpfulWish I could win the watch and the diving experience. 🙂

  • Carlo Losacco

    Loving this watch! i’d really like to win it

  • msultan22071

    I’d love to see the rotating bezel and as a commenter said before me, the lume being bright enough, and lasting for a reasonable amount if time, would be welcomed. Titanium for the band would also be nice so that it isn’t too heavy but strong enough to take a beating. It would be nice to have a rubber strap as an alternative.
    A big thing to me is having the overall weight of the watch being light but also for the watch to be strong enough for actual use when it comes to diving. Many dive watches may look nice when you’re wearing them about town, but if you can’t actually use it as a diver watch, its main function at least in theory. If you can’t actually use it for diving, then why would you want to pay top dollar for a dressy watch that only looks like a diver?
    I’d also prefer the watch to be at least 43 mm as well – a nice meaty watch!

  • Abbas Momin

    Would like to see a bronze case or bronze bezel, rotating bezel, date function, on the fly micro-adjustment bracelet.

  • joye t

    While style is important, basic function and reliability should be the real objective of any timepiece. Go for it all and be forever happy.

  • Yoni

    I would like to see a Formex dive watch with the same simlpe clear design+a touch of color. A rotating bezel, date, strong lume and stainless steel bracelet (and a rubber strap option.

  • Michael

    Very nice looking watch, like to see how formex is evolving their design language.

    My formula for an ideal Diver- would want to see steel, titanium, or bronze for material. Any of those would be fine by me. For a diver I consider good quality lume essential so likely would need to fatten the hands/indices used in the esence series to allow for adequate lume application. Sapphire crystal and I prefer ceramic bezels, and it has to have a decent bezel action. For depth I’d prefer 200-300 m (all any non-commercial diver needs) and relatively slim to 1000m (unecessary) and 15 mm+ thickness. 40mm – 43 mm is sweet spot for size for me. Needs to have decent waterproof strap/braclet options and tool free microadjust is a must (which formex already has on the essence line)

    Personally i regard helium escape valves as a gimmick. If you want to differentiate your diver i’d rather add an extra complication. I’d suggest a ETA 2893-2 or sellita SW330-1 (I don’t think STP makes a GMT). A true “traveller GMT” would be nice but I’m not aware of any non-inhouse ones, and I think people really exaggerate it’s superiority to “caller” type GMT’s.

    The critical part to making my perfect diver would be to integrate the GMT function without compromising legibility/diver functionality. Hard to do from a design standpoint, but i’d look to watches like the rolex skydweller, IWC Pilot Spitfire UTC, or the recent oris aquis gmt date as ways to do it.

    The oris aquis gmt date actually came very close to nailing my “perfect” diver asthetic, except for the bezel. I would prefer that companies NOT put on a 24 hour bezel. A diver needs a countdown bezel, and honestly a timing bezel is something I actually use in daily life to time a host of mundane things. There are a sea of rolex GMT master clones, and they are boring. Personally, 2 time zones are fine for me, I don’t need three.

    EDIT- after posting looked at the formex website, The GMT display on the “quartz diver is” very well done, but I’d want to see automatic, and more like the essence line in terms of sveltness/date window/case/design language than the current diver.

  • Molli Vandehey

    i would love to see a titanium watch and some serious depth as possible within a decent price point

  • I’d like to see something with a carbon fiber vibe to it

  • spotpuff

    Titanium is nice. Maybe carbon fiber is better though.

  • Addison Gernhard

    Best thing I’ve seen on dive watches is good lume. Tritium markers would be nice.

  • Brian McCoy

    Would love to see the carbon fiber make an appearance. Rotating Bezel, long lasting luminescence, or tritium. Personally there is no value in a helium escape valve for me, I can’t imagine there are many saturation divers either.

  • Anna

    A rugged yet refined titanium diver, that isn’t bulky, with a classic design that is lightweight and provides plenty of lume is of most importance to me, not a helium release valve.

  • Loslier Guy

    Beautiful watch and impressive features, I would love to wear it

  • Ben Symes

    I love the modern, sleek look of this watch. Would look great on my wrist ?

  • Edward Reinholtz

    This looks like a great Watch to add to my semi-watch collection … I am Following you on FB since I can’t like the page too many likes ….

  • Andrew Chan

    Good legibility is important. Love the all black styling and a valve isn’t that important to me

  • Bryan K

    In a dive watch, I wold want it to be titanium, have good lume, include a method of keeping elapsed time, and have a depth rating of at least 200M. A helium release valve would not be important to me.

  • hachep

    Great robust watch with great luminosity. A HRV in such a watch would not have value to me because I don’t dive that deep to need one

  • Seth L

    For the Formex dive watch I’d recommend a Stainless Steel and Sapphire construction with either ceramic or sapphire capped bezel. Helium Escape valve would be a negative for me. Crown at 4 o’clock or 9 o’clock.

  • Nicholas Rodriguez

    I wouldn’t mind winning this Formex. It would look great on my wrist.?
    The skydiving part……I suppose.
    On to the dive-watch part.
    Titanium case
    Carbon fiber sandwich dial
    Lume + Tritium
    Power reserve gauge
    Sapphire bezel with lume
    Sapphire window
    Helium escape valve only if over 500m (like most others
    Day/Date
    4:00crown

  • JIBRAN M

    Dear Mr. Raphael Granito,

    If I win this watch I’ll write an entire article (formex essence review & ablogtowatch) on my college campus press at South Dakota University, where I currently study and manage the college magazine, hence free publicity to 22,000 students for the watch brand and website to seal future clients on your behalf. Win-Win.

    Regarding Dive watch; this will sound snobbish, but I have rented a submariner, sea-dweller, sea-master, panerai submersible; though they are all great, they simply overlap the fundamental design. You might think the over saturation of dive watches leaves no flexible room for Minuscule design changes to create a demand. However, the right approach would be to create a vacuum by presenting something people didn’t know they needed, especially watch collectors like myself and others. A novel design dive watch is one thing but a design that adds utility and guaranteed demand is another perspective and requires exhaustive introspection into every aspect of what the watch provide aesthetically and functionally, so let’s begin.

    The bezel, like it or not needs to adapt a language unseen in the dive watch community, meaning a new ‘exotic material’ won’t cut it for collectors like myself. We need to see a different riskier approach to the bezel and incorporating more than the standard 15 min mark. Being a metallurgist and a chemical engineer myself I know what material and alloy can be most suitable for bezel and watch face, and that is an Epoxy polymer glass fibers, entirely developed by hand layered process to create uneven surfaces on the bezel b/c I have yet to see hand crafted proof stains on a nice watch. It makes it more personal, in an age if 3D printed CNC drilled pile of watch bezels.

    Glass fiber is an interesting material, you’ll be entering new unprecedented territories in watch making, and I’m not talking about the regular glass fibers used in windmills, there is a special technique in the layering process and de-molding that I did in my polymers classes where the structure is much more heat resistant and increased tensile strength and gets more strain exposure capacity. Why rush to make another dive watch in the market that will at most be 25% different than the rest of the dive watches on the market when you can reinvent what dive watches is by researching more into this material and testing it. The more preparations and exhaustion is done in research, the more client will feel they are spending money for the right reason, hence creating a vacuum for this category of watch. Email me on my college email for physical properties of this structure.

    Dive watch face; another material I studied in my engineering class, is nickel dopped lithium ferrite, again not your usual steel/titanium/carbon over saturated material in the watch industry but something new. Again it will require additional testing, resources and time but you will create a demand unlike any other watch on the market. I can name few more polymers that I have access to and feel free to email me for additional resources, happy to help.

    Dive watches need to look different in a sea of ice burg of already existing dive watches, so DO NOT GO WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD BUT GO WHERE THERE IS NO PATH AND LEAVE A TRAIL, aka DO NOT use an already existing material however exotic it may be but give people what they want, an innovative complex and highly advanced material fit for the future of watchmaking.

    I’ll still be happy to give more input on dive watch via email in much further detail but I have advanced thermodynamic exam to study for right now, sorry.

    I hope I win this and I’ll try to reciprocate the win with as much engineering knowledge I have on material and polymer properties and testing facilities. Thank you.

    Best,
    Jibran

  • JIBRAN M

    Dear Mr. Raphael Granito,

    If I win this watch I’ll write an entire article (formex essence review & ablogtowatch) on my college campus press at South Dakota University, where I currently study and manage the college magazine, hence free publicity to 22,000 students for the watch brand and website to seal future clients on your behalf. Win-Win.

    Regarding Dive watch; this will sound snobbish, but I have rented a submariner, sea-dweller, sea-master, panerai submersible; though they are all great, they simply overlap the fundamental design. You might think the over saturation of dive watches leaves no flexible room for Minuscule design changes to create a demand. However, the right approach would be to create a vacuum by presenting something people didn’t know they needed, especially watch collectors like myself and others. A novel design dive watch is one thing but a design that adds utility and guaranteed demand is another perspective and requires exhaustive introspection into every aspect of what the watch provide aesthetically and functionally, so let’s begin.

    The bezel, like it or not needs to adapt a language unseen in the dive watch community, meaning a new ‘exotic material’ won’t cut it for collectors like myself. We need to see a different riskier approach to the bezel and incorporating more than the standard 15 min mark. Being a metallurgist and a chemical engineer myself I know what material and alloy can be most suitable for bezel and watch face, and that is an Epoxy polymer glass fibers, entirely developed by hand layered process to create uneven surfaces on the bezel b/c I have yet to see hand crafted proof stains on a nice watch. It makes it more personal, in an age if 3D printed CNC drilled pile of watch bezels.

    Glass fiber is an interesting material, you’ll be entering new unprecedented territories in watch making, and I’m not talking about the regular glass fibers used in windmills, there is a special technique in the layering process and de-molding that I did in my polymers classes where the structure is much more heat resistant and increased tensile strength and gets more strain exposure capacity. Why rush to make another dive watch in the market that will at most be 25% different than the rest of the dive watches on the market when you can reinvent what dive watches is by researching more into this material and testing it. The more preparations and exhaustion is done in research, the more client will feel they are spending money for the right reason, hence creating a vacuum for this category of watch. Email me on my college email for physical properties of this structure.

    Dive watch face; another material I studied in my engineering class, is nickel dopped lithium ferrite, again not your usual steel/titanium/carbon over saturated material in the watch industry but something new. Again it will require additional testing, resources and time but you will create a demand unlike any other watch on the market. I can name few more polymers that I have access to and feel free to email me for additional resources, happy to help.

    Dive watches need to look different in a sea of ice burg of already existing dive watches, so DO NOT GO WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD BUT GO WHERE THERE IS NO PATH AND LEAVE A TRAIL, aka DO NOT use an already existing material however exotic it may be but give people what they want, an innovative complex and highly advanced material fit for the future of watchmaking.

    I’ll still be happy to give more input on dive watch via email in much further detail but I have advanced thermodynamic exam to study for right now, sorry.

    I hope I win this and I’ll try to reciprocate the win with as much engineering knowledge I have on material and polymer properties and testing facilities. Thank you.

    Best,
    Jibran

  • Andrew Kimball

    I would like to see a carbon fiber watch that is streamlined to not get caught or less chance to impact rocks or anything else around. No date needed. It definitely would need good lume to be a good diver. Put the crown anywhere but at 3 o’clock. A HRV has no benefit to me as I would not dive far enough to need it.

  • Nicolas Indermühle

    the watch should go according to the standard of the company and follow the lines Formex has been following in the last years

    A depth gauge should be integrated.
    A chronometer would be good
    Of course highly readable / visible dial whuch meet the ISO 6425 requirement.
    It should be possible to use that watch down to 300m
    Helium valve is capital.

  • trehanp

    Not a watch collector but this is a beautiful watch.

  • Ala Jaskulska

    Pretty cool, but I doubt I would go skydive anytime soon 🙂

  • Joshua Young

    Formex divers already look great, just need to make sure lume are bright and clear

  • William

    I am a big fan of tool watches and this is a wonderful offering of one. I especially like the carbon fiber given it is both durable and light weight. As a former military paratrooper I am more accustomed to low altitude static line jumps but would give skydiving a shot.

    As for a diver offering? I would say that visibility is key so larger, quality lume, and minimal distractions on the dial. Another excellent place to use carbon fiber. I would say a rubber strap with extension, for those that actually would use it for diving, and an additional leather or NATO strap for hanging out in the beach bar after a day of diving.

  • jimley815

    I’d like to see something from Formex in a ceramic case. No clue what a helium valve will do, but if it’s important, I say go for it! As a soldier, I’m a big fan of Formex.

  • Eli Munger

    Since everyone that actually dives will use a dive computer, it would be nice to see formex create a dive watch based around the fundamental ideals of a tough legible tool watch instead of getting caught up in specifications such as a helium release valve

  • Ad rock

    This is a great looking watch, and carbon fiber is an interesting material. For a dive watch: I’d like to see a countdown bezel, rather than a “regular” bezel. Material wise titanium would be really nice, as it’s hypoallergenic and light. Design-wise – something similar to the Essence Leggera would be nice – it’s a sharp looking watch. A helium release valve isn’t important to me either way

  • SCOTT BRUNSKILL

    I don’t have the temerity to jump out of planes but I would wear this watch with a confidence befitting an adventurous soul….I love it…stylish….easily read….quality plus….it all works for me

  • Ae Minx

    I’ve never gone skydiving. I want to, but my fear of heights gets in the way. I love the look of this watch though.. Not sure what I would do to modify it

  • penemio

    My criteria would include strong unscratchable glass, solid bars, as much water/dirt/dust/sweat/pressure resistance as possible, a good automatic – preferably ETA – mechanism, central second and date, max 40mm and preferably 38 mm diameter.

  • ivel1977

    I would like to have the following specifications:

    – my wrist circuit is 17,5 cm, so watch diameter max. 42 mm
    – automatic movement (prefer swiss, german, EU)
    – water proof min. 200M
    – saphire will be great, could be hardlex without lentil over the date
    – rotating bezel-

  • larry

    My choice would be a carbon fiber case with a long lasting lume on all the hands an the hour markers and a 300 m WR. No day or date.

  • Manuel Cantoria

    Would like to see the following specifications in a dive watch:

    – watch diameter in multiple sizes to accommodate various wrist size ranges
    – automatic movement (prefer swiss, german movement)
    – water proof min. 200M with 300M preferred; strong dust-proof seals as well
    – rotating unidirectional bezel
    – long-lasting lume on hands and hour markers

  • Kris A.

    I would like to see a really light-weight aluminum diver’s watch developed by Formex that can stand the pressure of deep sea diving. Something stylish and functional that can be taken underwater or up in the air!

  • steven stone

    id love to see an alien themed watch. greens and blacks. or some type of alien movie theme.

  • JoKing

    I would love to see more celestial faces.

  • James Tran

    I would love to see a full titanium watch (Lightweight), 300m water resistant, sapphire crystal, under 13mm thick, ceramic unidirectional 120 click bezel, no helium escape valve.

  • Beau9

    From a functional standpoint I would like to see more complications such as a chronograph incorporated into the design. From a material standpoint, more practical touches such as gun-metal finishes, brushed/satin finishes, and even blasted watch cases on the sides.

  • Joel Schumann

    I am only open water-certified so no valve for me.

    At 20 meters below surface colours are pretty much gone, so just give me black dial, black bezel with few as few distractions as possible. The watch shown in this article is not a bad start for a design.

    I’m ready to jump from that plane now.

  • Sam Schmel

    Never

  • Eric Jarrell

    Sweet

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