None of the features of the Formex AS 6500, are as much of a unique selling point as is the combination of the features and look of the watch are to the buyer who takes attention. Full titanium, large square face, rugged race-inspired looks, nothing else looks quite like it, and for a few thousand, it is much cheaper than watches such as the French BRM watches that are also racing inspired, but appeal to a different pedigree of watch owner. I can see even non watch enthusiasts loving the Formex as a watch that stands out and calls attention. As such, Formex is a proud manufacture and would never release a product with form over function. These watches will operate reliably, and are intended to be highly durable. This concept might be mystifying to most consumers, but when it comes to the majority of watch makers, they must appeal to a very demanding clientèle. Take a good look at the Formex 4Speed AS 6500 GMT watch, and the rest of the Formex line of racing inspired watches.
The first major watch from Helix is the Okto Deep Black. An modern and attractive diving watch, build for serious performance while being affordable. The impressive 1000 meter depth rating means the Okto Deep Black can take just about anything you can throw at it. The sapphire crystal is more than 5mm thick, and the entire back meets high technical diving watch standards.
LIP watches have been around for over 100 years, but you probably haven't heard much of them. They belong to the design orientated French crowd of watch makers, who always have interesting and artistic offerings. LIP's claim to fame was their clever contracting with popular designers of the day to create watch designs totally unheard of before. At that time during the 1960's and 1970's the world seemed bent on traveling to the future with greater haste by designing everything to be "futuristic." Utilizing new materials such as plastics and other synthetics, futurism was born, and watches like the LIP Mach 2000 series emulate it perfectly. The result was an era of design and style unlike anything the world had seen before, and the look is coming back with a vengeance.
The LP Celano is highly functional watch as well, not just for show. The bezel rotates fluidly, yet securely. The red tipped arrow on the seconds hand is attractive, but also allows for easy viewing along with the arrow hour and minute hand. This gives me more of a reason to wear the watch rather than just the looks. The bracelet locks via a butterfly clasp which closes securely.
Nivrel watches have a good deal of merits, but I will save such praise for another time, my focus now is on the "Sea" series of diving watches. Of which are the Red Sea, South Sea, and Deep Sea; which accordingly have red, yellow, and blue trim. By this I mean that the tips of the hands are specially colored along with the model name, and the first fifteen minutes on the rotating bezel scale. The Nivrel Red Sea and South Sea watches only differ in color, while the Nivrel Deep Sea has a deeper depth rating of 1000 meters rather than 300 meters for the other two. Inside each of the watch you will find a familiar ETA 2824-2 automatic Swiss movement, and a look enhanced by a half century of refinement.