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Zelos Tourbillon Mirage Skeleton: Rare Earth Tech

Zelos have a strong fanbase online and it’s easy to see why; tough, beefy watches with quality components, fantastic dive ability too.

But not every watch has to be a dive model right? Dress watches, everyday chronographs, old school three hand mechanicals, they all have their place. Then there are tourbillons, arguably Breguet’s greatest leap of imagination and skill. Perhaps the greatest technical advance in watchmaking from the 1780s to the mass production line techniques and toolmaking strategy at Waltham in the 1860s.

Here’s the latest from Zelos and it’s kinda different. Expensive too, but when you check the spec you’ll understand that Zelos are raising their game to the Swiss level here.

The sequel to last year’s Mirage Tourbillon, the 8 days skeleton is a showcase of engineering and design. A custom skeletonised, twin barrel movement powers the Mirage 8 day. This movement is supplied by La Joux-Perret, a prestigious movement manufacturer located in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

OK so they merged titanium with another metal called zirconium which creates a unique case design. Sapphire crystal of course, both sides, with the movement from La Joux Perret skeletonised on the dial plate. It’s a twin barrel 8-day tourbillon and you have to say there are very few watches using the LJP movements, so it has a real exclusivity, as this type of watch engine is usually seen on an Arnold & Son, Angelus, Hublot or Armin Strom perhaps.

The turbine effect on both barrels adds a jet age era feel and the dial has that carbon-fibre racing car dashboard feel too. It isn’t a throwback tourbillon which has elements of mantel clocks and fancy poker style hands. There are a range of colours and each option is limited to 25 pieces.

Yes, you would hesitate before spending $4000 on a Zelos. You could lose $2000 of that value in a  few years, or it might just hold about 70% of its retail price. It would be safer to buy a Tudor Black Bay for £3300 or so and watch the value creep upwards. Yeah, it is a safer choice, also you’re running with the herd to an extent.

Bottom line; you love technology and rarity? Buy one because you can dare to be different. And afford it.

More here at the Zelos website.

Zelos Hammerhead V3 on Pre-Order Deals

You can pre-order the new Zelos Hammerhead V3 model in a couple of days, and we reckon the teal dial and emerald green dial are the pick of the range. With a slimmer profile at 13mm, the 44mm Hammerhead remains a serious dive watch, but is now something that can be worn slightly more comfortably every day. Sapphire crystal naturally, screw down crown, steel case, Seiko NH35 movement and 300m depth rating. You also get a date window for that practical wear-it-on-dry-land vibe too.

Chunky dive watches with sunburst/fume dials are not everyone’s cup of tea, but we love the sheer value that Zelos offers. Reliable Seiko power with real dive ability at just $349 plus import taxes etc is a bargain compared to a typical Swiss 300m dive watch. I mean an Oris Sixty-Five is about £1300 and can only handle 100m, the entry level Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba is another 100m watch, although it can be found for about £400. For a 300m Swiss made dive watch you need to look at spending over £2000, or £4000 if you want a prestige brand name like Omega,

The offer on this new Hammerhead is good until the end of May, and you can see the entire range; orange, brown, white dials etc here. 

Zelos Swordfish Bronze Bracelet Edition

Zelos has announced the drop of the Bronze SF40 model which features an all new bronze bracelet. These bracelets have a unique dual material construction to prevent the bronze from coming into contact with your skin and turning it green. That can happen quite easily with bronze, so having a steel surface on the inside of the links is a good move. The CUSN8 bronze used for the case and bracelets will patina over time.

The SF40 comes standard with a tropic rubber strap and bronze buckle. Inside the 40mm case there is a Seiko NH35 automatic mopvement. The bronze bracelets are available separately and are priced higher than regular steel bracelets due to the complexity in construction, says Zelos.

The model will be available from tomorrow onwards, shipping and UK import duties will apply on the Checkout price of course.

Zelos Swordfish SF40 Is Swimming Back At Ya!

We know from our WordPress stats that you love Zelos watches and who can blame you? Great value dive watches, superb looks too. Plus they seem to hold their value well as regards resale online, which is handy.

Here’s the latest info from Zelos into our Inbox;

The SF40 was one of our hottest launches of 2020 and its back with the same great design and amazing value. This batch of Swordfish 40s feature all new dials including unique materials such as a dark blue Mother of Pearl dial and blue Meteorite. Stock is limited for this batch so do act quick! The Teal dial model at $269 is a fave of ours, although don’t forget to add on UK customs duty and VAT to the price – which could be another £100 or so, we cannot get a clear answer on any UK Gov website.

I’m also proud to launch 2 limited editions of the SF40. A full Tantalum case and bezel is rarely used in watches due to its difficulty and cost to machine, but its hefty feel and unique blueish grey hue sets it apart from any other material.

Zelos SF40 in Tantalum looks understated, with classic lines.

The ‘Space Coral’ carbon fiber dial features copper additives to form a unique wood grain pattern.
For lovers of bronze, we will be launching a bronze SF40 in 1-2 weeks time so do stay tuned!

Zelos Blacktip Skin Diver

Here is the word from Zelos on their Blacktip model, which is available to buy next week.
A modern take on the classic ‘Skin Diver’ style, the new Zelos Blacktip offers elegant aesthetics and reliable performance in a small but mighty package. The slim 11.5mm case makes it a compact and highly versatile timepiece which can nevertheless survive 200m beneath the waves.
Quick Specifications:
Case : 41mm Diameter, 20mm Lug width, 47.5mm Lug to Lug Length, 11.5mm thickness without crystal
Water Resistance : 200m
Crystal : Sapphire
Bezel Insert : Ceramic/Sapphire depending on model
Movement : Miyota 9015 28800bph
Dial :Textured with dual C3/BGW9 indices
Crown : Signed crown with lume
Bracelet Included : 316L SS with quick adjust clasp and quick release springbars
The Blacktip launches on December 15th and will be available at a special launch price. Limited quantities are available and will not be restocked.

New Zelos Skyraider 2 Offers ETA Power, Unique Looks

Zelos has sent us details on the new Skyraider, due to launch online on the 20th November. It’s powered by the ETA 6498 movement, with some models also featuring a skeletonized mainspring barrel. Plus skeleton dial variation for those who love that under-the-bonnet look. Personally, I like that teal coloured dial moel in the range, it just looks the business. The Skyraider 2 is a trad handwinder, with sub-second dial – that’s the only detail I’m not keen on. Too vintage for me, prefer the classic three hand look of a 60s Tissot, Rotary or Omega.

The case is 42mm, so perfect compromise, with a sapphire crystal and details like blued screws visible through the caseback. There is some superb engraving on the main plates and the mainspring barrel too, it’s a beautifully detailed job. The top of the range $1499 model has a fully skeletonized dial, and there’s a watch nerd’s eye view of all the crucial components to keep your watch addiction fed and watered every time you glance at the time. The carbon/slate dial and blue dial options are very attractive too and about 500 bucks cheaper.

Zelos has plenty of fans, with their dive models usually selling out rapidly online. Buyers of the brand will already know the quality is there, and with an ETA-derived moveement inside, an asking price of about 900-1000 dollars is very fair value. More info here.

New Zelos Horizons Dive Models Are On The Money

Zelos are one of our fave indie brands, simply because they make tough, decent spec dive watches at a reasonable price. Amazing selection of dial colours too. Well, they’ve been busy during lockdown creating the Horizons range and it looks like they’ve nailed it.

39mm case sizes, lots of Superluminova, sapphire crystals and a 200m depth rating make these watches versatile all-rounders. There is a quick adjust steel bracelet, an impessive range of fume and different coloured dials, plus the ever dependable Miyota 9039 movement inside the case.

The 39mm case size is a good compromise between visual impact on the wrist, or in the water, and the practical aspect of wearing it all day. Some bigger dive watches need a big wrist frankly, so anything over say 42mm isn’t a watch that suits everyone. Zelos models, especially the recent bronze case editions, have sold out quickly online. So if you like the look of the Horizons range, best act sharpish.

Wear `em every day, go swimming on holiday, stay indoors until next May wearing a mask and shopping online…OK, sorry, we know it’s depressing being part of the New World Order.

Seriously, these are good value at $449 or therabouts on the website. The teal fume is a standout model for us, plus the brass detailed dial on the Moss Green model. Retro meets modern. More info at the Zelos site here.

Zelos Revives Mako V3 – New Burgundy Fume Dial

Zelos are one of our fave dive watch brands and the reason is simple; great spec for a very reasonable price. You cannot argue at paying around $400 for a 300m dive watch, with a bronze case, sapphire crystal and handsome dial options. Oh yes and super luminova markers and hands too.

The popular Mako V3 is making a comeback, with orders being taken later in September for this Miyota powered model. With a 40mm case the Mako is a watch that will suit mosts wrists, as some 44-45mm watches can feel too big for daily use.

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There are special launch price discounts, so the range starts at $399. We love the teal dial models, and the green dial/bronze case combo. The early bird discounts end on the 15th October 2020 by the way. After that date, the entry model price shifts up to $499, plus customs charges/shipping.

More info here.