The unexpected and productive attack of microbrands in the watch world is a result of the inventiveness of autonomous fashioners that need to do whatever them might feeling like doing. Using stages like Kickstarter and Gofundme, they acquire the capital expected to make a result of great quality and sensible cost while speaking to a wide crowd. Zelos is an extraordinary model and they’re a Singapore-based watch company captained by Elshan Tang that zeros in their plan on using exceptional and uncommon materials like Bronze, Carbon Fiber, and Meteorite. One of their new deliveries – the Zelos Mako 500M Diver – is an ideal illustration of what a microbrand can create when they truly set their attention to it.
We’ve jabbered about Zelos on aBlogtoWatch, the latest being David’s wrist time audit of the Hammerhead, which was generally welcomed. Something that David truly centered around was the noteworthy casework and case materials (being that it was a bronze 1,000m dive watch for around $750). The case is additionally where the Mako previously grabbed my attention, however for an alternate reason… I sense that I have a very decent handle on what zones of a watch will endure when attempting to come in at a specific spending plan. The case completing is for the most part one and I’ll be the first to concede that I expected to be baffled here – I couldn’t have been all the more off-base. The wonderful 40mm steel case on the Mako hangs out in its value section. The sides of the steel case are gently brushed, transitioning into cleaned slants and the back to brushed steel on the highest point of the drags. The case shape itself is enigmatically suggestive of the old Seiko 62MAS or the new 6rMAS reissue (SBDC051/3) with its straight and made right hauls. The Mako estimates 46.2mm drag to haul, with a thickness of 15mm including the boxed/domed sapphire gem. These estimations all come full circle into, what I believe is an entirely wearable watch that doesn’t feel “too large,” however has a heavy wrist presence.
The bezel covers off this truly great bundle. It’s a 120-click artistic bezel that is completely lumed. That’s bananas to me. At the hour of this audit the Mako costs around $749 (more on the estimating later), and it incorporates a completely lumed earthenware bezel. I can’t think about a competitive option to that all things being equal. Worth aside, the bezel is a decent one but somewhat on the firm side. It has a coarse styled coin edge that holds quite well, despite the fact that I end up grasping it at 12 and 6 to turn it.
Lastly, the crown. This is the Achilles’ impact point of the watch. The crown is generally 5.4mm wide and somewhat hard to grasp. That can be dangerous on a screw down crown since, in such a case that you screw it down too close, at that point it’s an agony to get it free once more. Another problem about the crown is that after you’ve changed the time and you are sinking it back, the winding component doesn’t separate, so you are turning the crown with opposition as you fix it down. I don’t know whether that’s valid for all Sellita developments, yet it can make the crown a little superfluously “fidgety” and difficult to manage. Albeit in all actuality, you won’t be playing with the crown a great deal. You’ll get it set and leave it set for the couple of days that you destroy it prior to turning it. One final little commentary with respect to the crown that I didn’t see till the composition of this article: the brand logo etching in the crown is loaded up with lume, sort of a cool little touch.
The Zelos Mako utilizes a boxed Sapphire Crystal that may have a level of hostile to intelligent coatings, however it’s not clearly obvious. The boxed or raised plan of the gem, be that as it may, fits a vintage-y feel when you first get and handle the watch. I’ve consistently been pulled in to raised/domed/boxed precious stones this way and I imagine that Zelos pulled it off well.
Next, the dial itself – Zelos utilized an outspread wavy finishing on their dials. It gives the watch somewhat of a sunburst impact too that grandstands the dial shading well indeed. Zelos’ logo sits gladly and cleaned around early afternoon with the profundity rating imprinted in red at 6 o’clock over white “Automatic” text. Notwithstanding the marking and logo, there is brief track running along the section ring, in white, that makes note of the 5-minutes at every marker. I think to quickly sum up the dial printing, it appears to be a ton, particularly with the section ring subtleties too. There are discrete moment markers between every one of great importance records, and I imagine that would have done the trick. Discussing the lists, they are applied and cleaned (I accept) steel. There are twofold markers at the 12, 3, and 9 o’clock positions – I’m a little unsure about the additional records, yet they are very much done in any respect. The hour markers truly get the light and class up the watch. Zelos worked really hard here when all is said in done. The lume is all around done, with those bigger markers being loaded up with green C3 Super-LumiNova. The hour and moment hands are blade/stick styled with liberal lume plots running down their focuses – they are additionally faceted, giving them a ton of development as the watch gets the light. The seconds hand has an enormous “lume lozenge” toward the end, and the finish of the hand is tipped in red to coordinate the dial printing. At 6 o’clock sits the trapezoidal date window (I love a date at six) and this is executed well overall, with the numeral filling the window, and being pleasantly focused. The date wheel coordinates the dial, and the numeral itself is white, keeping the additional complication tasteful.
Zelos has generally utilized an assortment of developments, from Seiko and Citizen Japanese made automatics to Swiss ETA and Sellita developments. On the off chance that I needed to figure, I would accept this is to a great extent because of keeping costs at a specific point, yet additionally accessibility at the hour of configuration/make. The Mako has the Swiss Sellita SW200 in it. To not continue on pointlessly deader, I will essentially express that I would say I have discovered these developments to be very solid and stable engines for my watches. I wouldn’t transform anything here.
The Mako comes bundled with two OEM lashes, one a jungle styled elastic tie, and the other a calfskin tie (just one clasp for the two ties). The elastic lash is magnificent, flexible, and pleasantly nitty gritty with the customary “tropic” tasteful. Notwithstanding, the cowhide lash leaves a spot to be wanted, being hardened and efficiently made. The clasp is superb in any case, reflecting similar cleaned angles and brushing as the case. I am very satisfied with the watch on elastic, however I have discounted the cowhide entirely.
Before I sum up my musings on the Zelos when all is said in done, I needed to address their estimating model. At the point when this watch began it very well may be had for $399 and afterward with each progressive group sell-out, the cost went up, finishing out at $749. I believe that $399 is determinedly excessively modest for a watch of this quality, and $749 all in all too high. I additionally believe that the scaling value adds some disarray/strain to the purchasing cycle that is pointless. This is a decent item. I trust it ought to be estimated at what it’s worth, and it will proceed as it should.
That stated, I think the Zelos Mako 500M Diver is a superb illustration of a first rate microbrand offering. It has extraordinary lume, a pleasantly itemized dial, and satisfying case completing – all sponsored up by a dependable development and an over-the-top profundity rating. The Zelos Mako 500M Diver is accessible now, in all tones aside from the blue, for $749 and afterward an uncommon shooting star dial for $949. zeloswatches.com
>Model: Mako 500m Diver
>Price: $749 as configured
>Size: 40mm diameter, 46.2mm drag to-lug
>Would analyst actually wear it: Yes. Didn’t figure I would when I previously saw it however seeing it in the metal changed my opinion.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Value cognizant watch-individual searching for a solid diver.
>Best normal for watch: Ceramic Lumed Bezel.
>Worst normal for watch: Tiny/Fiddly Crown.