A brand’s sophomore outing can often be a make or break moment for a young company. Helm Watches had a successful first release with two iterations of their Vanuatu diver, which sold out after its initial release in October of 2015. We covered the Vanuatu in December of last year and gave it high marks for its style, build, and overall value. The question now is: will Helm’s next watch keep the bar high?
Like the Vanuatu, the Helm Khuraburi takes its name from a destination known for diving, making no bones about the intended use of the watch. Khuraburi is a town in Thailand that is close to the Surin Islands, and it provides some of the best diving spots in the Andaman Sea. To that end, the Khuraburi has a water resistance rating of 300 meters, and the watch is tested and rated to the ISO 6425 standard, which is why the word “DIVER’S” appears above six.The Khuraburi features large, blocky hour indices that are illuminated with either C3 Super‐LumiNova or a mix of BGW9 and orange-colored luminous paint. Combined with the wide handset (with the same lume options), you have one serious looking tool watch.