Watch Review Zelos Hammerhead 2 – The A To Zelos Of Dive Watches Discount
As long as I can recall, I have been oddly intrigued by the waterproofness of all objects. From rubber duckies and G.I. Joe and He-Man in my youth bathtub (not really intended to be watertight but tell that to a 3 year old), to waterproof disposable cameras and the glowing yellow waterproof Sony Walkman of my adolescence, I just could not get enough. Perhaps it was growing up in Florida surrounded by water and boats, or maybe something more ancient and primal, but the notion of having the ability to take literally something underwater rather than ruin it fascinates me to this day.
Watches were a pretty early entrant for this group for me. I vividly recall being told that my new new, birthday-gifted Casio F-91 did not have to be removed when I went swimming. Shocked and awed, I went swimming every day for a month, simply to wear my goggles and marvel at my watch functioning UNDER THE WATER. Sometimes when I get a brand new diving watch, I immediately run it under the faucet for a couple of seconds, just to see, and the fascination is at least as new as it had been on my tenth birthday. I recently took up SCUBA diving, also, in my first real-world dip, probably spent as much time staring in the ticking away of my Seiko PADI Turtle as I did looking at any wildlife or even atmosphere gauges.
Given this lifelong obsession, it stands to reason that for about the past six months I have been harboring a steadily increasing desire to get a big, chunky, deepwater diving watch. Something more substantial than the typical 200-300m water resistance which is included with many of them. This desire is mainly pointless as, like 99.9% of humanity, I will probably never reach anywhere near those fires, but the heart wants what it wants.
The obvious first choice in this category are the excellent Rolex Deepsea. 44mm and rated into 3900 meters, it ticks all the boxes except affordability. With a list price of $12,550 USD, it's dropped from the record as quickly as it was added. The same thing goes for the deepwater offerings from Breitling and Blancpain. All really nice bits, but a bit too spendy or unavailable to me, for what won't be a regular gamer, but more of a whim watch.
That leaves me with just a few options I could find. The Sinn UX versions are very cool with their oil-filled cases, but not very aesthetically appealing to me personally. Kansas-based Raven watches are re-issuing their Deep Tech 2500m diver watches and this was the frontrunner for me for a little while, but at $1100, it is still a little more than I want to invest on a watch in this category at this phase in my entire life.
Cue the perfectly-timed release of the Zelos Hammerhead two, the answer to my prayers to Poseidon. Founded in 2014 with the ethos that amazing timepiece designs should not be restricted to luxury brands, Zelos has been putting out intriguing and unique, well-designed watches employing rare materials like bronze and silver meteorite ever since. They initially entered my radar with the launch of this Horizons GMT before this year. The meteorite-dialed, bronze-cased, ETA-based GMT was a near-instant purchase for me, and was in constant rotation ever since. The Hammerhead 1 was released in 2016 in a variety of colours and interesting materials, such as bronze, titanium, and a patterned Damascus titanium.
This new evolution includes the inclusion of a helium release valve, and a slightly tasteful case shape. Under a loupe the finishing looks fantastic and I couldn't locate any imperfections. It has quite a bit of heft, weighing in at 235 grams. It is 44mm around, but using all the 48mm lug-to-lug it wears considerably smaller. To me it feels even smaller than any 42mm watches I've. It has a screw-down crown and a solid steel caseback engraved with all the namesake hammerhead shark, or even an exhibition caseback, based on which motion you choose. The 120 click, unidirectional diving bezel is bronze, ceramic, stainless steel or meteorite, depending on your model. The stainless steel versions send on a bracelet which I will most accurately compare into the Rolex President bracelet, with three semi-circular links per row along with a signed grip, it's a nice change of pace from the industry-standard Oyster knockoff. The bronze version comes on an Isofrane-style rubber band, also with a signed buckle. Stainless steel buyers also get the rubber strap as a nice bonus.
The dials come in a multitude of colors and materials. The plain color dials have a sunburst effect that appears very nice and plays the incoming light. Additionally, there are meteorite and forged carbon options, for those of you seeking something a bit more exotic. The hour markers are lumed rectangles bordered with silver, also it's an unobtrusive, color-matched date wheel in 6 o'clock. I would like to point out that the color-matched date wheel is almost unheard of at the price point, also it is a detail which I very much value, as a mentioned anti-date window crusader. The minute and hour hands are very broad and paddle-shaped, plenty of space to hold plenty of lume, and that's exactly what I need to examine next.
This lume. The Hammerhead 2 is a dual lume affair, together with C3 and BGW9. It's lumed hands, hour markers, chapter ring, bezel, as well as the screw-down crown, and it is fairly a sight to behold. The very first time I saw it fully charged it actually surprised me and that I said"whoa!" Out loudly to no one. This is surely the brightest and most lumed watch in my entire group, by a landslide. Again, very impressive at this price.