BaliHa’i have been putting out some rather interesting styles, and the Model C follows within that same mold. Looking at the piece, it’s immediately recognizable as a diver due to the bezel. 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). 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. Now, normally, I’d ding a watch for an unbalanced display with subdials at 6 and 10 o’clock. Here, though, as they are different sizes, it seems right. Just another differentiation, I would say.
And now, back to the 120-click bezel. With this watch, you actually have the choice of two – a standard 12 hour, and then one with a 24 hour scale. I will admit, at first, I was a bit hesitant to try swapping them out. In the end though, it’s a relatively simple process. 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. 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. Of course, it’s also making me eye my other watches, wondering what bezels I could pop off and/or swap out.
If you prefer to stick with just strap changes, you’ve got that here as well. 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. Lighting up the hands, dial, and bezel you’ll have C3 Superluminova, which of course does a great job in darkness.
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.
Absolutely Awesome & impossible to find BaliHa’i Project 1000m Limited Edition Swiss Automatic! 100% a Complete set with everything you see in the pictures! Super rare and hard to find, this beauty is powered by the ever reliable Swiss ETA 251.262 QUARTZ Movement! Full Stainless Steel Bracelet & multiple Straps! So much watch for so little money!
MODEL: BaliHa’i Model C Blue Limited Edition # 7/50
MOVEMENT: Quartz – Swiss ETA 251.262
CASE: Stainless Steel Case
CROWN: Screw Down
DIAL: Black Dial with High Visibility Hour & Minute hands
BEZEL: rotating Diver
CONDITION: As-New – Excellent!
BOXES/PAPERS: Yes/Yes: 100% Complete Set! – Everything you see in the pictures
WATER RESISTANCE: – 200m
STRAP/BRACELET: 2 – Original BaliHa’i Stainless Steel Bracelet with all links & additional Unworn BaliHa’i Leather strap with steel buckle.