Manufacturer: Zelos | Price: $299 USD (£240 GBP, €269 EUR approx)
Introducing the Zelos Bronze Swordfish, a bronze dive watch with outstanding specifications for the limited time pre-order price. Is this another hit from Elshan at Zelos? This is my very first bronze watch that I get the pleasure of reviewing and I have to say, so far, I’m impressed. I really didn’t think I was going to like this due to the bronze materials. I was wrong!
- Dimensions: Case Diameter – 42.3mm, Thickness – 13.5mm, Lug to Lug – 47.2mm, Lug Width – 22mm
- Movement: Seiko NH35 Automatic, 21,600vph (3Hz), Hackable, Self Winding, 41hr Power Reserve
- Case Material: CuSn8 Bronze with Polished Accents
- Extras: Wooden Presentation Box, Leather Watch Roll, Horween Waxed Leather Strap
- Strap: Custom Premium Rubber, Signed Bronze Buckle
- Crystal: Sapphire, AR Coating
- Bezel: 120 Click Unidirectional, Brushed Ceramic Insert, Fully Lumed
- Water Resistance: 30ATM / 300m / 990ft
- Lume: Swiss Super Luminova® C3
- Crown: Signed, Screw Down Caseback: Screw Down Stainless Steel, Stamped Swordfish Logo
- Warranty: 1 Year Where to Buy: Zelos Watches
- Options: Dial Colour: Black Sand, Blue Meteorite, Cobalt Blue, Meteorite, Teal | Movement: NH35, ETA 2892
The Zelos Swordfish also has a water resistance rating of 300m / 30 ATM, thanks to the screw-down caseback & crown. The finish of the case is superb, with it entirely being made of bronze with a few polished accents on the inside edge of the lugs as well as the top edge of the crown guards. The proportions are, in my opinion, perfect for my 7″ wrist. Zelos state that the lug to lug is 48mm which is great for a watch with a 42mm diameter. I measured it at just 47.2mm. Even better!
I know you can’t please everyone, however, I think I have the solution. Wouldn’t it be easier to provide 2 lengths of the part of the strap with the sizing holes just like Barton straps do with their Elite Silicone line? I understand this would add more expense, but I wouldn’t mind paying a bit extra for a strap that fits perfectly. Or how about just having the one strap included with the watch to save costs? It’s such a shame that Zelos includes this new premium rubber strap yet I didn’t want to wear it due to the length. Anyway, that’s just my 2 cents… it’ll fit perfectly for a lot of other people.
The chosen movement for this verion of the Swordfish is the microbrand go-to movement of choice, the super-reliable Seiko NH35. A great workhorse that is a 21,600vph, 3Hz, 24 jewel movement with self winding and of course hacking. Checking the accuracy after running the Swordfish for around a week, mainly on my wrist and occasionally in my Barrington Watch Winder, I thought the accuracy was spectacular with it showing an average of, get this… +0 spd. WOW! I have absolutely no idea if the watch had been regulated before being sent out. Either way, I’m not going to complain!
Whatever dial version of the Swordfish you decide on buying there is also the choice of upgrading the movement to the Swiss Made ETA 2892, a 4Hz, 28,800vph movement. What’s the point I hear you ask. Well, you get a colour matched date complication at the 6 o’clock position. Additionally, you’ll get a sapphire display caseback to show off that Swiss sexiness. Personally, I prefer a 4Hz, smooth sweep movement in all of my watches, so maybe Zelos could have offered a Sellita SW200 or a Miyota 9015 to reduce the costs of an upgrade over the Seiko NH35. Just an idea that might prove popular?