Watchuseek is delighted to give its readers a world exclusive – the official launch of the HEXA K500 Premier Edition Divers Watch, an awesome new diver’s watch, details of which will be released to the rest of the world only on August 24th.
HEXA Watches are the result of extensive design and development, and the launch of the K500, a purpose built dive watch with an emphasis on quality and innovation, marks the introduction to an exciting new independent brand that breaks away from the tried and done to death practice of offering ‘me too’ tributes to big name dive watches.
Who is HEXA?
HEXA’s dream team consists of brothers-in-law, Rocky Santa Cruz (President) and Vic Donati (Designer) both have professional backgrounds in sales, design and web technologies. There is also a Manufacturing partner in Chris Weigand of Weigand Custom Watch (& LŁm-Tec).
The idea behind the Hexa K500 was to produce a watch that ticked all the boxes for two guys who like to wear and use a superior dive watch on a daily basis. Tampa Bay being surrounded by water – HEXA created a timepiece that is focused on diving, but is also rugged and versatile enough to work in a variety of demanding situations - from kite boarding to surfing to deep sea fishing.
The HEXA K500 and all the other models the company plan to produce take a unique, no short cuts approach to meeting such design challenges. www.hexawatches.com/wus.html
The HEXA K500
The K500 uses 316L surgical steel construction and a sapphire lens with interior anti-reflective coating. Other signs of top quality include a unique integrated left-hand crown guard design, powerful luminescence by LŁmTec, a ratcheting dive clasp, high-grip crown and bezel and ultra-legible dial design.
There’s a faint echo of Seiko and Rolex with the positioning of the crown to the side of the 3 o’clock position, but HEXA have opted to place the crown at 10 o’ clock rather than the more usual 4 o’ clock. This positioning is designed to give the crown maximum protection, while keeping it from biting into the wearer’s wrist.
Water resistant to 500m
The HEXA K500, as the name suggests, is water resistant to 500m and runs on the workhorse Miyota 9015 automatic movement. Miyota is part of Citizen Watches, and this movement will just keep on ticking.
The 44mm watch is entirely hand assembled in the USA with every design and engineering decision taken to ensure the greatest efficiency and durability for each component.
In case you’re wondering, the ‘K’ in K500 is derived from the watch’s nickname Kraken - a scary mythological sea monster – only the HEXA K500 is no myth, but it could be considered scarily good. It’s quite simply one of the best tools for underwater timekeeping that money can buy.
Speaking of money, with pre-sale prices starting at just $599 and rising to $699 for the K500, you’re getting a lot of watch for the money. But you will have to be quick because the launch premier edition will be limited to – you guessed it – just 500 pieces.
There are a range of finishes including Brushed, Bead-Blasted and PVD finishes with the PVD version being the top of the line. You can also opt for a PVD bezel for the brushed and blasted watches for an additional $39.00.
The watch ships with a 5-link stainless steel bracelet but as a value added extra there is also a rubber dive strap with extra pins and links, all packaged in a custom Seahorse waterproof box.
Two year warranty
The HEXA K500 comes with a two year manufacturer’s warranty. Pre-sale customers may well be tempted not only by the price, but by the fact that the first 250 will receive recognition with their name entered for posterity in the literature provided with the watch, together with the opportunity for early reservations of future models, and lifetime timing adjustments completely free of charge.
How to buy
So where do you get your hands on a HEXA? Don’t go looking in your local dive store. Instead you need to get online and order direct through the Hexa website. Watchuseek users now have exclusive access to detailed information, imagery and the ability to reserve watches prior to the official launch on August 24th at www.hexawatches.com/wus.html. Make sure to take advantage of this sneak preview! There is no cost to reserve a watch at this time.
Diameter - 44MM
Lug to Lug - 51MM
Height - 14.75MM
Lug Width - 22MM
- 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel
- Triple O-Ring Design
- Screw Down Signed Crown at the 10 position
- Patent Pending integrated crownguard
- Anti -Magnetic inner case
- 500M Depth Rating
- Stainless Steel
- Double O-ring screw locked case back
- Heavy Duty 316L Stainless Steel 5 Link bracelet
- Ratcheting diver clasp
- 3MM Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflective coating inside
- Luminescence by LUM-TEC
- numerals letterforms based on interstate signage - designed to be absorbed at a glance
- 60 Click unidirectional bezel
- Luminous Triangle
- Miyota 9015 Automatic Movement
- 28,800 Vibrations Per hour
- 24 Jewels
- Adjusted to 6 positions in-house to insure maximum accuracy
- anti-magnetic (80,000 a/m)
- Shock resistant
- Each K500 is individually pressure tested to insure reliability at 500M (1,640 ft)
Copyright © 2011 article written by Michael West for Watchuseek
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