By TLex Established in 2007 by Rainer Brändlein; Essex-Watches are a dive watch brand you may not have come across before; from what I've seen of them they are definitely worth taking note of. Their La Primera dive watch line (that was launched last year) has two 1000m models; the Classic and the GMT (featured here). Both utilize what looks a very nice bead-blasted case with contoured crown guard at the 4 o'clock position, a good indicator that Essex-Watches know a thing or two about dive watch design.
More evidence of this can be seen in the form chunky bezels with ever so slightly saw-toothed grip, clean mat-black dials, over-sized crowns or the 4' o clock crown placement itself. All tried and tested dive watch design elements that work. They have been implemented to create a very nice no-nonsense looking professional diver that comes with a contemporary twist in the form of its bracelet complete with interlocking / woven center-links; a modern take on mesh? The bracelet also features and expandable divers clasp. Stay tuned for more . . .
From Essex Watches A technical engineer with an eye for style, Rainer Brändlein founded Essex in 2007 as an exclusive watch brand for today’s active gentleman.
His passion for sophisticated watches goes back over 20 years. Then, the father of his best friend worked as a watch dealer, buying and selling the most exclusive brands. Fascinated by the watches' design and advanced technical demands, Rainer Brändlein soon dreamed of designing and producing is own unique watch. And now, many years later, the perfect moment has arrived – his dream has come true.
As fate would have it, Rainer Brändlein met just the right people who could realize his plans with expertise: two product designers and a master watchmaker with over 20 years of experience. They were quickly inspired by Rainer Brändlein's philosophy about providing high-quality, timeless watches at a price that isn't over the top – and full of motivation, they set to work.
Two years later, after many drafts and development stages, the Essex La Primera collection of watches was born – and with pride, introduced to the public exclusively in the United States for the first time in Men's Health magazine.
Premium Swiss ETA 2892-2 automatic movement - Adjusted to 5 positions to ensure quality precision
Case made of anti-allergic 316L marine-grade stainless steel, 5 mm-thick sapphire crystal glass prevents unsightly scratches. With anti-reflective coating on the inside of the glass for easy readability
Extra-large crown situated at 4 o’clock for long-lasting comfort
Waterproof up to 1,000 meters/3,280 feet
White lume dial and helium escape valve for saturation diving
Dimensions: 45 mm/1.7 inch diameter (without crown), 14.5 mm/0.5 inches thick, 53 mm/ 2 inches long with a strap width of 24 mm/1 inch
Supplied with a second strap made of rubber