In the world of micro brands, there are many choices these days. Many new upstarts, and many different styles being offered. Dive watches still seem to be the most produced, as there is something about that rugged style the dive watch offers, even if most of us never even dive.
Hexa is not necessarily a new brand, or a 2-month-old brand, as they have been around for about 3 years or so. Hexa’s first offering was the pretty popular K500, and had a unique case shape. The Osprey I am taking a look at today is technically their first new model since the K500, though they did have some different iterations of that one, and they released the F74, which was a watch only available for a large forum as the members voted on the design. That was actually the basis for the Osprey, with some changes of course.
The most notable changes were different dial colors as the Osprey is available in a blue or black sunray dial, different dial text and an exhibition case back, showing the Miyota 9015 automatic movement. The other change is that all of the Osprey models are assembled in the USA.
The Osprey retails for $949, but is currently on sale for $699, and at that price, I do feel it competes quite well with other micro brands in that range.
Below are the full specifications:
- Diameter – 42MM
- Height – 13.5MM
- Length- 50MM
- Lug Width – 22MM
- Weight- 215 grams
- 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel
- Screw Down Signed Crown
- Integrated Crownguard
- 300M Depth Rating
- Stainless Steel w/ Sapphire Display Window
- 316L Stainless Steel 3 Link bracelet
- Ratcheting diver clasp
- Sapphire Crystal, slightly domed with Anti-Reflective Coating Inside
- Sun_Ray Dial finish
- BGW9 Superluminova
- Applied Markers
- 120 Click unidirectional bezel
- Matte Ceramic Bezel Insert – Fully Lumed
- Citizen/Miyota 9015 Automatic Movement with Handwinding Function
Sale Price $699
Now, being honest, the Osprey is not breaking the mold when it comes to dive watches, and is not really that different in terms of looks and style in a market full of divers. It’s a solid stainless steel round diver case with crown guards, a rotating bezel, applied markers and a date, a bracelet we have seen many times before with the now almost industry standard ratcheting dive clasp, and of course the Miyota 9015 automatic movement.
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