29 December 2011: reserved a bead blasted/PVD bezel K500 through the Hexa website: http://www.hexawatches.com/index.html
30 December 2011: received a reply from Vic Donati, 'designer, partner' of Hexa watches. My first choice of serial number was taken but my second choice was available.
01 January 2012: received an email stating I was one of the first 250 to reserve and so would receive certain small benefits. To wit, my name in the owner's manual, first choice on their next watch, free lifetime adjustments (this watch is billed as being adjusted to six positions from the factory)
05 January 2012: email from Vic Donati with a graphic rendering of the watch: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.1.1&thid=134b0ee0c0bab219&mt=application/zip&url=https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui%3D2%26ik%3D885c7f936e%26view%3Datt%26th%3D134b0ee0c0bab219%26attid%3D0.1.1%26disp%3Dsafe%26zw&sig=AHIEtbT0Y32HWWiGW6gbTpORng9N9jKb-w&pli=1
18 February 2012: mailchimp mass email from Hexa with a 'spy shot' of the dial and further marketing copy
03 May 2012: OceanicTime posts a brief review of the watch and discusses revisions. The review is favorable: http://oceanictime.blogspot.com/2012/05/hexa-k500-prototype.html
13 May 2012: another mailchimp email, this time with photos of the prototype K500 and a list of the revisions that will appear on the final product. The watch is expected to ship in 6-8 months according to the email.
13 May 2012: received invoice for 50% non-refundable deposit.
16 May 2012: payment sent to Hexa
16 May 2012: an email I sent concerning a possible problem with my shipping address receives a reply from 'Tonya at Team Hexa' within 5 minutes of being sent at 8:15 PM EST. I consider that good response time/ CS considering it was well after business hours.
06 June 2012 Hexa email regarding custom strap giveaway. There are 5 straps to be given away. They are nice straps, but I really don't get the point. A big MEH for me, just get the watch made and send it out!
25 July 2012 Email announcing that 'By popular request' each K500 will come with solid end links at no extra cost. I did not previously believe solid end links were simply a bonus on the watches I own that cost more than $500 and include them, and I am not inclined to believe it now. In any case, if Hexa wants a pat on the back for this ploy, they won't get it from me.
24 August 2012 Email announcing arrival of the SII NE15B movements.
27 September 2012 Hexa progress update #6. Email with graphic of the K500 production caseback design. The design is simple, a circle within a circle. The outer ring is engraved with, 'Automatic Movement', 'Premier Edition', '500 m', and 'Stainless Steel' while the inner ring is engraved with the Hexa logo over K500 and below that the serial number.
I am going into this fully aware of the risks. My experience thus far has been very positive. I will strive to be objective about the overall experience with this company and about the final product when I receive it. I am not under any illusions about the country of manufacture. The case and components are undoubtedly Chinese with the movement being the commercially available Seiko 6R15 ( SII NH15) with some assembly and adjustment in Florida. Thanks for reading and stay tuned.