Suf Fearless In The Ocean With Freestyle Shark Watch
The Freestyle Shark watch brand originated in 1981 in Southern California, so currently, the brand is celebrating its 40th anniversary. In the initial years, the brand was making watches suitable for extreme sports, exposed to lots of water, namely, surfing or diving. In fact, it was specifically designed and renewed to be the first purposely built surf watch. The brand’s duo founders dream of coming up with watches that can handle the extreme pressure of ocean water.
This brand was built by its founder little by little and became immensely popular during the 80s and 90s, the time when the surf culture was gaining ground both in the reels and the real life. Even the leading Hollywood star like Keanu Reeves has worn this watch in the movie named Point Break.
Tracing the history of the brand
The Shark watches were initially introduced into models – the Shark Clip and the Leash, in which the major difference was around the strap enclosures. While one was snapping system, the other was Velcro.
The Leash model came to the market first and introduced a Velcro strap, which was similar to the leash enclosures found on the surfboard. The Shark Clip watch model was introduced next, which exchanged Velcro for a plastic enclosure. Even today, the brand offers both straps similar to the original form.
In the 90s, the brand introduced its Shark X model, which was an analog/digital series. Later, it introduced special edition watches with prominent surfers like Shane Dorian and Cory Lopez. It also made a dive watch called Hammerhead, which is still available and features a typical rubber strap, a stainless steel case, and a rotating bezel.
Later, the Shark was taken up by the Geneva Watch Group – GWG, in the year 2000. In the year 2004, Freestyle brought the Shark back into the limelight, changing its bezel design, making it bigger and more readable.
If you have planned to invest in this Freestyle Shark classic model, check out this Shark watch review article that describes its features.
Dial shape and material
The Freestyle Shark watch has a square shape, and the dial material type is mineral. It comes with a digital display, and the clasp is a buckle type. The dial color is silver.
Band and Bezel
The white-colored Shark watch band is made up of nylon material. Its size is women’s standard wrist size, and the width is 14 mm. The bezel is made up of plastic and is fixed.
The watch case diameter is 13 mm, and the material is plastic with a thickness of 11 mm. It has water resistance up to the depth of 330 feet.
Calendar and the movement
The watch is powered by Japanese quartz movement, and its special features include World Time, Chronograph, shock resistance, and a timer to assist surfers. It has the calendar of day, date, month year.
The Shark clip watch comes with the original clip band system, which the brand has kept intact since its origin. Once you wear it, you will feel much like a seatbelt, just that you will be wearing it on your wrist. The Shark Clip series comes with a limited lifetime warranty from the company.
The budget price of around US$66 has been the main USP of this water-resistant watch since its inception.
This watch is a great fit if you are pursuing the passion of water surfing. To know about how to change the time on a Shark watch, read the manual provided with each watch. Or you can watch on YouTube for the live demo.
1) Does the watch come with a lifetime warranty on its clip?
Ans- Yes, the company Shark Freestyle watch offers a limited lifetime warranty on this series of shark clip watches.
2) Is the strap safe and comfortable?
Ans – The watch strap is fully safe, snug, and comfortable under extreme ocean conditions you may face during surfing.