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Hi watch lovers, Here is one of my own personal watches that I've had for about a year. I purchased this one right after I moved to Germany and have on been wearing it that often because while I like the watch a lot, and in spite of the fact that it came with a very nice bracelet and a couple of nice rubber straps, I didn't like these OEM options very much. The reason I'd not built a strap for it until now is the tricky design of the Formex
lugs. I had been kicking around the idea of building an Ostrich Leg skin strap, but decided to start out with my other choice of Natural leather instead and I'm glad I did. I ended up using the OEM leather strap design instead of coming up with a totally new design and I'm really glad I did. I think it really compliments the watch and on the plus side, I've been wanting a natural leather strap for a while for one of my watches and I'm really glad I built it for my Formex
GTM. This is a brand that doesn't get the attention it deserves
. This watch features very nicely decorated ETA 2893-2 movement with a GMT complication topped off with a nicely engraved rotor, which can be appreciated through the exhibition case back. I've been getting time keeping within COSC specifications. Also, like all Formex watches
this model features their patented Active suspension system and the crown located at 12 O'clock in a bullhead design. The case on the Formex 6525 is blasted Titanium, which is extremely well finished and has proven very durable as you can see for these photos, I've not yet put a scratch on it. The Case is advertised as being 43x45mm, but with the thickness, certainly wear at least as large as the 46mm square of the Bell & Ross BR01 models. Formex
also offers optional interchangeable square bezel surrounds, which can easily be switch with the 4 alan bolts at the top of the watch case, so you can really change the look and customize your watch. The dial is extremely legible with great contrast and the 24hr GMT numbers printed on the bezel. Rated at 100 meters, it's perfectly capable for light swimming, although I don't plan to take this watch into the water. The sapphire crystal is very well done with a good AR coating that give the dial that "reach in and touch it effect" with minimal blue tones. I've always like the GMT watch in a square since I had first seen the BR01 GMT (one of my all time favorites). But, sadly the Bell & Ross is a bit out of my range right now and so I bought the Formex
. I wasn't sure this was a keeper until I finally built this strap, but I've got to say that this strap really transforms the watch. As I said, this strap design is essentially the OEM style leather strap, but has been hand build by me from Dangerous9straps'
finest natural vegetable tanned leather and hand stitching using cream white, 4 ply waxed Irish linen thread. Needless to say I'm loving it - so much so, that I'm making it my watch of the week!