BaliHa’i have been putting out some rather interesting styles, and the Model C follows within that same mold. Â Looking at the piece, it’s immediately recognizable as a diver due to the bezel. Â Unlike many divers, though, you’re not limited to just timing with the bezel.
This watch is also hiding a chronograph function (the arrow hand records the minutes passing, not a GMT or alarm time, as you might first think). Â This function is controlled by the squared-off pushers flanking the crown, and will track the time for up to 12 hours – plenty for just about anything I’d say. Â Now, normally, I’d ding a watch for an unbalanced display with subdials at 6 and 10 o’clock. Â Here, though, as they are different sizes, it seems right. Â Just anotherÂ differentiation, I would say.
And now, back to the 120-click bezel. Â With this watch, you actually have the choice of two – a standard 12 hour, and then one with a 24 hour scale. Â I will admit, at first, I was a bit hesitant to try swapping them out. Â In the end though, it’s a relatively simple process. Â Get a thin blade between the case and the bezel, pry (gently!) off; to put the replacement on just press (again, gently) at 3 and 9 o’clock, and it’s back in place.
Ultimately, I think this is a great feature. Â Just as changing out a strap can alter the character of a watch, changing the bezel can give you a more subtle change, as well as giving you an easy way to clean out the clickies around the sapphire crystal. Â Of course, it’s also making me eye my other watches, wondering what bezels I could pop off and/or swap out. (If you’ve got a good source for “standard” clicky bezels, let me know in the comments).
If you prefer to stick with just strap changes, you’ve got that here as well. Â The 44mm case has 24mm hidden lugs, and the watch itself comes with an Isofrane-inspired rubber strap, a leather strap with signed buckle, and a stainless steel bracelet with safety clasp and screwed links.
All of the functionality of the watch is driven by an ETA 251.262 quartz chronograph movement, which should run on a single battery between 2 and 4 years, depending on how often you use the chronograph functionality. Â Lighting up the hands, dial, and bezel you’ll have C3 Superluminova, which of course does a great job in darkness.
At $500 plus shipping (detailsÂ here), this is definitely more than many would expect to pay for a quartz chrono, until you realize that it’s limited edition (only 50 pieces of each dial color). Â I think the Model C is a compelling option – it’s got excellent functionality from the movement, and adds some nice self-customization (between the bezel and straps) on top of the unique style tweaks already in place in the design.