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Essence

Automatic Chronometer Black

US$1,265.00

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Essence

Automatic Chronometer Black

US$1,265.00

About This Watch

The Essence combines elegance and robustness in a Swiss mechanical high precision timepiece. With its patented Case Suspension System, waterproof case, COSC-certified Swiss Automatic movement and flawless hand-finished surfaces, the Formex Essence is a study in what it means to have the best of both worlds. On top of that, unique features, such as our patented Micro-Adjustment System, will make the Essence wear exceptionally comfortable on your wrist.

  • Robust. It may take on the look of an elegant evening watch, but the Essence carries the Formex reputation for sporty durability.
  • Luxurious. Hand-finished with undiluted passion, the Essence is crafted with an execution only found in high-end timepieces. The movement's accuracy has been tested and certified by COSC, the official Swiss Testing Institute for Swiss Chronometer.
  • Comfortable. Our patented Case Suspension System and carbon fiber composite clasp with patented Fine Adjustment System adapt to your wrist movements and daily adventures. 
  • Bold. Above a complex construction lies an elaborate case with brushed stainless steel and mirror polished bevels. To create perfect angles and a razor-sharp look, the horizontal lines on the dial are CNC machined one by one.
  • Yours. You don’t have to sit in the lap of luxury to put something luxurious on your wrist. Our direct-to-consumer approach means you'll get high quality watches at a fraction of the cost of any comparable Swiss timepiece.

 

Features

  • Swiss Made Automatic movement
  • Chronometer
  • Patented Case Suspension System
  • Patented Micro-Adjustment System
  • Tool-free change of straps/bracelet
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Anti-reflective (AR) coating
  • Transparent Case Back
  • Water resistance 10 bar
  • 3-Year Guarantee

    We back our watches with a 3-Year international warranty. In the rare case of a malfunction or a movement defect, you can contact us and send your watch back free of charge and we’ll repair it for you within 2 weeks.
  • Secure Payment

    Formex is dedicated to online payment security. We do not store any of your payment information. The following methods of payment are available: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, ApplePay, PayPal & Bank Transfer
  • All Taxes & Duties Included

    The courier dropping off your Formex will not hand you a customs and sales tax bill nor ask you to pay them cash, as we have already taken care of that with our shipping partners. The prices you see on our Online Shop is the price you pay – no exceptions and no hidden charges.
  • Free Express Delivery & 30-Day Returns

    All watch prices already include free shipping worldwide. As soon as we have processed your order, you will receive a tracking number to follow your package. Expect your watch within 2 business days within Europe, or within 3 business days for overseas orders. If for any reason you think it’s not the right fit, you can return your watch free of charge. If you contact us before returning or exchanging your watch, we’ll even have your shipping expenses covered.
  • Swiss Made

    All our watches are designed, developed and assembled in-house at our headquarters in Biel-Bienne, Switzerland and meet the current, more strict Swiss Made requirement, which entered into force on January 2017. Every single piece undergoes a variety of quality and functionality controls, before making it to your wrist.

Technical Specification

Movement

Swiss Made Sellita SW200-1 (self-winding) Automatic (Chronometer grade), officially certified by COSC. 26 jewels and glucydur balance wheel. Date display. Custom-built skeleton rotor with thermally blued screws. 38 hours power reserve.

Case

  • Diameter: 43mm
  • Height: 10mm
  • Lug width: 22mm
  • Lug-to-lug: 49mm
  • Water resistance: 10 bar (100 metres / 330 feet)
  • Weight: 80g (case only)

Material

  • Bezel: Stainless steel 316L
  • Case: Stainless steel 316L
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal (front and back) with anti-reflection treatment

Strap

  • Italian calf leather straps with curved spring bars, Quick Release function and carbon fiber composite folding clasp with patented Micro-Adjustment System.
  • Black rubber strap with curved spring bars, Quick Release function and carbon fiber composite folding clasp with patented Micro-Adjustment System.
  • Stainless steel bracelet with Quick Release and Micro-extension function.
  • All Essence straps and the bracelet can be changed by hand without the use of tools. The carbon fiber composite folding clasp with patented fine adjustment system can be changed without tools and can be used for all Essence leather and rubber straps.

Dial

Vertical brush finish with horizontally cut lines which are CNC machined into the dial base one by one. BGW9 Super-LumiNova on hands and indexes.

Reference Number

0330.1.6321.100

Suspension System

Since the beginning of Formex in 1999, the patented Case Suspension System has been an integral part of every single Formex timepiece. Its two main functions are:

  • absorbs shocks to protect the mechanical movement from heavy impacts
  • adds to the comfort on the wrist by adapting to the wearer’s movements

Modeled with high-performance bikes and racing cars in mind, the Formex patented case suspension system works by integrating four springs between the upper and lower watch case. The result is the ultimate shock absorption system designed to protect the mechanical movement and deliver unparalleled comfort to the wearer.

This patented case suspension system brings form and function together for Formex Swiss watches. It’s functional, it’s state of the art engineering and it’s unquestionably unique - all in one watch.

Fine-Adjustment Clasp

This in-house developed folding clasp is made of injected carbon fiber composite on a stainless steel or titanium buckle. It features a patented gradual 7mm fine-adjustment system that allows to micro adjust the length of the strap without taking off the watch. As our wrists change size during the day and in different temperatures, this system gives a bespoke fit no matter the conditions, improving the comfort and fit on the wrist.

About This Watch

The Essence combines elegance and robustness in a Swiss mechanical high precision timepiece. With its patented Case Suspension System, waterproof case, COSC-certified Swiss Automatic movement and flawless hand-finished surfaces, the Formex Essence is a study in what it means to have the best of both worlds. On top of that, unique features, such as our patented Micro-Adjustment System, will make the Essence wear exceptionally comfortable on your wrist.

  • Robust. It may take on the look of an elegant evening watch, but the Essence carries the Formex reputation for sporty durability.
  • Luxurious. Hand-finished with undiluted passion, the Essence is crafted with an execution only found in high-end timepieces. The movement's accuracy has been tested and certified by COSC, the official Swiss Testing Institute for Swiss Chronometer.
  • Comfortable. Our patented Case Suspension System and carbon fiber composite clasp with patented Fine Adjustment System adapt to your wrist movements and daily adventures. 
  • Bold. Above a complex construction lies an elaborate case with brushed stainless steel and mirror polished bevels. To create perfect angles and a razor-sharp look, the horizontal lines on the dial are CNC machined one by one.
  • Yours. You don’t have to sit in the lap of luxury to put something luxurious on your wrist. Our direct-to-consumer approach means you'll get high quality watches at a fraction of the cost of any comparable Swiss timepiece.

 

Suspension System

Since the beginning of Formex in 1999, the patented Case Suspension System has been an integral part of every single Formex timepiece. Its two main functions are:

  • absorbs shocks to protect the mechanical movement from heavy impacts
  • adds to the comfort on the wrist by adapting to the wearer’s movements

Modeled with high-performance bikes and racing cars in mind, the Formex patented case suspension system works by integrating four springs between the upper and lower watch case. The result is the ultimate shock absorption system designed to protect the mechanical movement and deliver unparalleled comfort to the wearer.

This patented case suspension system brings form and function together for Formex Swiss watches. It’s functional, it’s state of the art engineering and it’s unquestionably unique - all in one watch.

Fine-Adjustment Clasp

This in-house developed folding clasp is made of injected carbon fiber composite on a stainless steel or titanium buckle. It features a patented gradual 7mm fine-adjustment system that allows to micro adjust the length of the strap without taking off the watch. As our wrists change size during the day and in different temperatures, this system gives a bespoke fit no matter the conditions, improving the comfort and fit on the wrist.

Features

  • Swiss Made Automatic movement
  • Chronometer
  • Patented Case Suspension System
  • Patented Micro-Adjustment System
  • Tool-free change of straps/bracelet
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Anti-reflective (AR) coating
  • Transparent Case Back
  • Water resistance 10 bar
  • 3-Year Guarantee

    We back our watches with a 3-Year international warranty. In the rare case of a malfunction or a movement defect, you can contact us and send your watch back free of charge and we’ll repair it for you within 2 weeks.
  • Secure Payment

    Formex is dedicated to online payment security. We do not store any of your payment information. The following methods of payment are available: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, ApplePay, PayPal & Bank Transfer
  • All Taxes & Duties Included

    The courier dropping off your Formex will not hand you a customs and sales tax bill nor ask you to pay them cash, as we have already taken care of that with our shipping partners. The prices you see on our Online Shop is the price you pay – no exceptions and no hidden charges.
  • Free Express Delivery & 30-Day Returns

    All watch prices already include free shipping worldwide. As soon as we have processed your order, you will receive a tracking number to follow your package. Expect your watch within 2 business days within Europe, or within 3 business days for overseas orders. If for any reason you think it’s not the right fit, you can return your watch free of charge. If you contact us before returning or exchanging your watch, we’ll even have your shipping expenses covered.
  • Swiss Made

    All our watches are designed, developed and assembled in-house at our headquarters in Biel-Bienne, Switzerland and meet the current, more strict Swiss Made requirement, which entered into force on January 2017. Every single piece undergoes a variety of quality and functionality controls, before making it to your wrist.

Technical Specification

Movement

Swiss Made Sellita SW200-1 (self-winding) Automatic (Chronometer grade), officially certified by COSC. 26 jewels and glucydur balance wheel. Date display. Custom-built skeleton rotor with thermally blued screws. 38 hours power reserve.

Case

  • Diameter: 43mm
  • Height: 10mm
  • Lug width: 22mm
  • Lug-to-lug: 49mm
  • Water resistance: 10 bar (100 metres / 330 feet)
  • Weight: 80g (case only)

Material

  • Bezel: Stainless steel 316L
  • Case: Stainless steel 316L
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal (front and back) with anti-reflection treatment

Strap

  • Italian calf leather straps with curved spring bars, Quick Release function and carbon fiber composite folding clasp with patented Micro-Adjustment System.
  • Black rubber strap with curved spring bars, Quick Release function and carbon fiber composite folding clasp with patented Micro-Adjustment System.
  • Stainless steel bracelet with Quick Release and Micro-extension function.
  • All Essence straps and the bracelet can be changed by hand without the use of tools. The carbon fiber composite folding clasp with patented fine adjustment system can be changed without tools and can be used for all Essence leather and rubber straps.

Dial

Vertical brush finish with horizontally cut lines which are CNC machined into the dial base one by one. BGW9 Super-LumiNova on hands and indexes.

Reference Number

0330.1.6321.100

In the Press

"A versatile and high-value timepiece that is easy on your pocket is hard to find - this year, Formex Swiss Watches presents a chronometer-certified one that, amazingly, can be had for about a grand." Keith Strandberg, Editor-in-Chief

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"Under a loupe, the way the hour hand hovers just above the dial and just inside the indices is impressive. The color-matched chamfered rehaut holds a white minute track and is attractive and legible". Allen Farmelo, Author

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"This knowledge and experience show in the Essence Automatic Chronometer, which takes all the good things about a micro-brand watch and engineers them to the next level. This is legitimately great value for the money." Tom Mulraney, Editor

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"A remarkable watch at a remarkable price which holds more details than could ever be expected". Armand Rosen, Owner of the YouTube Channel "Armand the Watch Guys"

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"Swiss brand Formex has managed to create a versatile mechanical watch with a rather distinctive design at a very attractive price point". Roger Ruegger, Editor-in-Chief

Customer Reviews

Based on 70 reviews
99%
(69)
1%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
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B
B.S.
An Excelllent Watch

To be honest, I was in the market for an Omega Aqua Terra, but I simply could not justify the price. I looked at every available option, but nothing really spoke to me until I found the Formex Essence. It has the look and feel of the Aqua Terra, while also being its own watch. The movement has been great, and it looks good and feels good. I would recommend this watch to anyone in the market for a more affordable Swiss made watch that is great for all occasions. And I have received a number of compliments for it as well

Thank you very much for your 5 Star review. We are humbled that you chose a Formex after your extensive research, and love to hear that you enjoy wearing your new watch.

S
S.E.
Great watch at a great price.

I had been considering a Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41 but the Formex Essence is a much better watch for 1/3 the price of the Tudor ($1265 for the Formex and $3248 for the Tudor, both new prices that include taxes). The Formex bracelet is top-notch I love the quick-adjust, the bracelet not only looks good but is comfortable, and the build quality is superb. The blue dial looks so good and the color play in different lighting situations is awesome. The BGW9 lume looks fantastic in low light and it will last all night. The SW200-1 Movement looks great through the sapphire case back and mine has been running 2.5 seconds fast per day. This watch is amazing and in my opinion, it beats out other watches that cost a couple of grand more. I have been enjoying this watch since I got it and I look forward to many years of memories with this watch. I researched many different watches for a year before I pulled the trigger on this watch, I am a big-time watch lover and for the money, I think this watch has a lot to offer. I bought this watch directly from Formex on a Sunday night and I was wearing the watch on Wednesday afternoon (I live in North Carolina) so the shipping is fast.

Thank you very much for your terrific review. We're so excited to hear that you are very happy with your new watch.

A
A.V.
Bien balanceado y excelente relación Costo/Beneficio

La manufactura del este reloj es sobresaliente, compré el brazalete metálico y una correa de cuero café. El brazalete está muy bien maquinado, detallado al máximo y es muy cómodo. El reloj en sí verdaderamente es bello, la carátula plateada lo hace verse muy limpio, el trabajo en la esfera con un micromaquinado en las rayas horizontales le da un efecto extraordinario.
Otra cosa a remarcar es el clasp de fibra de carbono, al principio pensé que era de plástico dada la ligereza, pero es resistente y sobre todo muy ingeniosa y útil la función de micro ajuste.
Tengo otros relojes de diferentes precios y puedo decirles que este Formex Essence presenta el mejor balance entre precio y calidad.
El proceso de envío fue en tiempo y la verdad dudaba sobre la promesa de que los impuestos están incluidos, pero fue verdad. He pedido otras marcas de relojes y cuando llega DHL o Fedex tengo que pagar un 20% extra por impuestos. Con este Formex me llegó limpio de cargos extras.
En resumen ha sido una gran experiencia y disfruto del Formex Essence. No he usado mucho la correa de cuero, la de metal me ha encantado.

Thank you so much for your detailed review, we really appreciate it and can feel your passion for watches. Disfrute de su nuevo reloj!

H
H.S.
Die beste Formex für mich.

Formex war für mich, ich kenne die Marke schon länger, immer eine Marke, die mir nicht gefiel. Das lag schlicht daran, dass mir die Modelle nicht gefielen. Das hat sich mit der Essence gründlich geändert. Also etwas überlegt und geordert. Und ich muss sagen, was man hier für`s Geld bekommt, ist schon bemerkenswert. Die Uhr ist phantastisch verarbeitet, die Optik und Haptik genial und das Armband ein Traum. Das ganze gibt ein absolut stimmiges und schönes Gesamtbild ab, was mich echt begeistert. Zudem kommt die Uhr mit COSC Zertifizierung als Chronometer. Der Service am Telefon und die Lieferzeit sowie die Tatsache, dass man keinerlei mit dem Verzollen zu tun hat, da alles schon im Kaufpreis drin ist. Tja, was soll ich noch sagen? Ich bin hin und weg!

WOW, eine fantastische Bewertung! Herzlichen Dank und wirklich toll zu hören dass der Richtungswechsel der Marke, der Uhren aber auch unseres Services bemerkt, ja sogar äussert geschätzt wird. Das bedeutet uns sehr viel!

F
F.C.
A Superb Timepiece in All Respects at a Very Reasonable Price

The FORMEX Essence with the blue soft leather strap ticks all the boxes in respect to the acquisition of a high-quality COSC-rated timepiece. It is an aesthetically pleasing watch with a striking medium blue face securely cradled in a steel case, complete with a sweep second hand and a date window at six o'clock.

The watch is supremely accurate, neither losing nor gaining over the ten-day period I have owned it. The watch face is not only pleasant to look at but the hands are very legible and illumination at night is excellent.

The aesthetics of the case, dial, date window and straps are all very pleasing.

The time can be ascertained with a quick glance as the hour and minute hand are readily visible, as is the sweep second hand.

Setting it to the right time is very easy as the minute hand does not move a single angstrom unit CW or CCW, as is the case with many lesser watches.

The rear of the watch case is skeletonized so that the FORMEX proprietary 26-jewel movement can be observed in action.

The timepiece sits comfortably on the wrist as a consequence of its shape and softness of the high-quality leather strap, augmented by the very clever clasp with its large range of microadjustments built into the clasp. It is impossible not to find a range of adjustments rendering maximal comfort!

Two final points are worth mentioning.

The watch arrived, just as described, with no extra taxes, customs, duties or other fees. The price you see is the price you pay!

I exchanged several e-mails with the FORMEX Customer Support, Sales and Administrative staff during the acquisition of my watch and found them all both helpful and amicable. Everyone with whom I dealt was very helpful and of the highest order. Service of this high level is rare these days.

This is my first FORMEX watch but I believe hardly my last!

Highly recommended.

3-Year Guarantee

We back our watches with a 3-Year international warranty. In the rare case of a malfunction or a movement defect, you can contact us and send your watch back free of charge and we’ll repair it for you within 2 weeks.

Secure Payment

Formex is dedicated to online payment security. We do not store any of your payment information. The following methods of payment are available: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, ApplePay, PayPal & Bank Transfer

All Taxes & Duties Included

The courier dropping off your Formex will not hand you a customs and sales tax bill nor ask you to pay them cash, as we have already taken care of that with our shipping partners. The prices you see on our Online Shop is the price you pay – no exceptions and no hidden charges.

Free Express Delivery & 30-Day Returns

All watch prices already include free shipping worldwide. As soon as we have processed your order, you will receive a tracking number to follow your package. Expect your watch within 2 business days within Europe, or within 3 business days for overseas orders. If for any reason you think it’s not the right fit, you can return your watch free of charge. If you contact us before returning or exchanging your watch, we’ll even have your shipping expenses covered.

Swiss Made

All our watches are designed, developed and assembled in-house at our headquarters in Biel-Bienne, Switzerland and meet the current, more strict Swiss Made requirement, which entered into force on January 2017. Every single piece undergoes a variety of quality and functionality controls, before making it to your wrist.

Customer Reviews

Based on 70 reviews
99%
(69)
1%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
B
B.S.
An Excelllent Watch

To be honest, I was in the market for an Omega Aqua Terra, but I simply could not justify the price. I looked at every available option, but nothing really spoke to me until I found the Formex Essence. It has the look and feel of the Aqua Terra, while also being its own watch. The movement has been great, and it looks good and feels good. I would recommend this watch to anyone in the market for a more affordable Swiss made watch that is great for all occasions. And I have received a number of compliments for it as well

Thank you very much for your 5 Star review. We are humbled that you chose a Formex after your extensive research, and love to hear that you enjoy wearing your new watch.

S
S.E.
Great watch at a great price.

I had been considering a Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41 but the Formex Essence is a much better watch for 1/3 the price of the Tudor ($1265 for the Formex and $3248 for the Tudor, both new prices that include taxes). The Formex bracelet is top-notch I love the quick-adjust, the bracelet not only looks good but is comfortable, and the build quality is superb. The blue dial looks so good and the color play in different lighting situations is awesome. The BGW9 lume looks fantastic in low light and it will last all night. The SW200-1 Movement looks great through the sapphire case back and mine has been running 2.5 seconds fast per day. This watch is amazing and in my opinion, it beats out other watches that cost a couple of grand more. I have been enjoying this watch since I got it and I look forward to many years of memories with this watch. I researched many different watches for a year before I pulled the trigger on this watch, I am a big-time watch lover and for the money, I think this watch has a lot to offer. I bought this watch directly from Formex on a Sunday night and I was wearing the watch on Wednesday afternoon (I live in North Carolina) so the shipping is fast.

Thank you very much for your terrific review. We're so excited to hear that you are very happy with your new watch.

A
A.V.
Bien balanceado y excelente relación Costo/Beneficio

La manufactura del este reloj es sobresaliente, compré el brazalete metálico y una correa de cuero café. El brazalete está muy bien maquinado, detallado al máximo y es muy cómodo. El reloj en sí verdaderamente es bello, la carátula plateada lo hace verse muy limpio, el trabajo en la esfera con un micromaquinado en las rayas horizontales le da un efecto extraordinario.
Otra cosa a remarcar es el clasp de fibra de carbono, al principio pensé que era de plástico dada la ligereza, pero es resistente y sobre todo muy ingeniosa y útil la función de micro ajuste.
Tengo otros relojes de diferentes precios y puedo decirles que este Formex Essence presenta el mejor balance entre precio y calidad.
El proceso de envío fue en tiempo y la verdad dudaba sobre la promesa de que los impuestos están incluidos, pero fue verdad. He pedido otras marcas de relojes y cuando llega DHL o Fedex tengo que pagar un 20% extra por impuestos. Con este Formex me llegó limpio de cargos extras.
En resumen ha sido una gran experiencia y disfruto del Formex Essence. No he usado mucho la correa de cuero, la de metal me ha encantado.

Thank you so much for your detailed review, we really appreciate it and can feel your passion for watches. Disfrute de su nuevo reloj!

H
H.S.
Die beste Formex für mich.

Formex war für mich, ich kenne die Marke schon länger, immer eine Marke, die mir nicht gefiel. Das lag schlicht daran, dass mir die Modelle nicht gefielen. Das hat sich mit der Essence gründlich geändert. Also etwas überlegt und geordert. Und ich muss sagen, was man hier für`s Geld bekommt, ist schon bemerkenswert. Die Uhr ist phantastisch verarbeitet, die Optik und Haptik genial und das Armband ein Traum. Das ganze gibt ein absolut stimmiges und schönes Gesamtbild ab, was mich echt begeistert. Zudem kommt die Uhr mit COSC Zertifizierung als Chronometer. Der Service am Telefon und die Lieferzeit sowie die Tatsache, dass man keinerlei mit dem Verzollen zu tun hat, da alles schon im Kaufpreis drin ist. Tja, was soll ich noch sagen? Ich bin hin und weg!

WOW, eine fantastische Bewertung! Herzlichen Dank und wirklich toll zu hören dass der Richtungswechsel der Marke, der Uhren aber auch unseres Services bemerkt, ja sogar äussert geschätzt wird. Das bedeutet uns sehr viel!

F
F.C.
A Superb Timepiece in All Respects at a Very Reasonable Price

The FORMEX Essence with the blue soft leather strap ticks all the boxes in respect to the acquisition of a high-quality COSC-rated timepiece. It is an aesthetically pleasing watch with a striking medium blue face securely cradled in a steel case, complete with a sweep second hand and a date window at six o'clock.

The watch is supremely accurate, neither losing nor gaining over the ten-day period I have owned it. The watch face is not only pleasant to look at but the hands are very legible and illumination at night is excellent.

The aesthetics of the case, dial, date window and straps are all very pleasing.

The time can be ascertained with a quick glance as the hour and minute hand are readily visible, as is the sweep second hand.

Setting it to the right time is very easy as the minute hand does not move a single angstrom unit CW or CCW, as is the case with many lesser watches.

The rear of the watch case is skeletonized so that the FORMEX proprietary 26-jewel movement can be observed in action.

The timepiece sits comfortably on the wrist as a consequence of its shape and softness of the high-quality leather strap, augmented by the very clever clasp with its large range of microadjustments built into the clasp. It is impossible not to find a range of adjustments rendering maximal comfort!

Two final points are worth mentioning.

The watch arrived, just as described, with no extra taxes, customs, duties or other fees. The price you see is the price you pay!

I exchanged several e-mails with the FORMEX Customer Support, Sales and Administrative staff during the acquisition of my watch and found them all both helpful and amicable. Everyone with whom I dealt was very helpful and of the highest order. Service of this high level is rare these days.

This is my first FORMEX watch but I believe hardly my last!

Highly recommended.