The Abyss was the biggest, baddest diver ever put out by Zelos. Rated to 3,000 meters and armored with a chunky, angular bronze case, the Abyss was one beast of a watch and a fan-favorite for those who love aggressive dive watches. Now it’s getting an upgrade, and this time it’s chock full of little details that have come to define the brand.The CuSn8 bronze case (it starts out looking almost rose-gold but quickly patinas) measures 43mm wide and 19mm tall. There are no two ways about it, this is a fat watch, so if you’re thinking of giving this one a go, then that’s a thickness and presence you have to be comfortable with on the wrist. The lug-to-lug measurement is relatively tempered at about 51.5mm, which is a number that makes sense proportionally with the width of the case. A 7mm-thick, double-domed sapphire crystal protects the dial, and it features an internal anti-reflective coating.
There are two versions of the case. Dubbed the Turbine (more on this later), the first is a single crown with an external, 120-click unidirectional diver’s bezel. The second is a dual crown with an external diver’s bezel and an internal 12-hour bezel for tracking a second timezone. Both feature lumed markers and engraved, lumed logos on the crowns. A helium escape valve sits at nine.
The dual crown iteration is available in four dial variants: Green, Black, and Blue (all circular brushed); as well as a limited offering of a meteorite dial. The latter is really cool in person, and Zelos has been at the forefront of offering this rare material at a far lower price than other makers generally can (or do). A Sellita SW200 movement powers the dual crown version.
The Turbine comes in two dial colors: Black and Blue (bothalso circular brushed). This version gets its name from the sub-dial at six, which uses a rotating turbine in place of a sub-seconds hand. This is new for the brand, and it’s a detail that gives the dial some added texture (though Zelos’ dials generally aren’t lacking in that department). The Turbine is equipped with a Sellita SW260.
The watches are currently available for pre-order. The Turbines are $669, the dual crown divers are $569, and the dual crown with a meteorite dial is $769. The package includes a travel roll; a rubber, canvas, and leather strap; and a strap tool. If you want to spend some hands-on time with these, Zelos is one of the presenting brands at this year’s Wind^Up, kicking off at 11 am today. Zelos