Since we first covered the Zelos Helmsman back in May of 2014, the brand has released five other models either via crowdfunding or directly on its website. Now, Zelos has returned to that foundational model, following up with the Helmsman 2. Clearly built on the DNA of the original, the Helmsman 2 refines the aesthetic, and the design and engineering elements Zelos has learned along the way have been carried over to this newest piece. The case is more cleanly executed, the dial and bezel are made more legible and the overall effect is just a better-looking watch.
The most obvious update to notice is the CNC-engraved inner bezel that now contrasts the dial with BGW9 Super-LumiNova-filled pockets. The ornate dial patterns of the original have also been removed, giving the dial—available in either black, blue or meteorite—a much cleaner look. The hour’s index is applied and set within a raised section on the dial. The broad sword hands remain largely the same, but for the second hand.