Introducing the Zelos Hammerhead

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Zelos has had a pretty good run since its first Kickstarter campaign that launched the Helmsman in 2014. The brand has since released a total of five models: two divers (Helmsman and Abyss), two contemporary pieces (Chroma and Cosmos), and a pilot’s watch (the Eagle). Zelos is back once more with a ’70s-inspired 1000-meter dive watch dubbed the Hammerhead, and it’s ready for pre-order.

Zelos_Hammerhead-4The Hammerhead’s cushion case measures 44mm in diameter with a 49mm lug-to-lug length and a height of 17mm. Some of that height comes from the impressive doubled domed sapphire crystal (the watch measures 14.5mm without it). It’s a rather hard-looking design, featuring distinct angles and lines not often seen on a cushion case. The crown (signed with a lumed logo) at four o’clock is large and easy to operate, as is the prominent 120-click unidirectional bezel. Powering the Hammerhead is the Seiko NH35 automatic movement.

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The case is available in two different materials–316L stainless steel and CuSn8 marine bronze. Bronze has grown in popularity in recent few years as a viable case material, prized primarily for its ability to develop a unique patina over time. Zelos is no stranger to the alloy, having made bronze an option with every past offering.

Zelos_Hammerhead-5Beyond bronze, some special variants of the Hammerhead will also feature exotic materials like meteorite (dials), and bezel inserts made of Damascus steel or ceramic. The meteorite dials are especially unique, harvested from the Muonionalusta meteorite in Sweden. Due to the nature of the material, no two dials will be alike. For those not so adventurous, Zelos offers more traditional options in blue, black, and grey. To give the dials some further dimensionality, the Hammerhead utilizes sculpted indices to represent the hours track, which rests atop a fully lumed (BGW9) minutes track. The hands, indices, and bezel inserts will feature C3 Super-LumiNova.

The Hammerhead measures 22mm at the lugs and will come with a rubber and canvas strap. There is also the option of a matching bracelet for the stainless steel variant.

The Zelos Hammerhead is expected by the end of 2016. Zelos have forgone a crowdfunding option and are instead taking pre-orders directly on their site. Prices range from $429 to $599 and depend on the model. Visit the Zelos site to learn more about the Hammerhead or to pre-order one now.

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Residing in North Idaho, James has been wearing a watch for over 35 years. With growth of the internet in the late 90s watches as an interest turned into an obsession. Since that time he has been a watch forum moderator, watch reviewer, contributor to Nerdist, and operates Watches in Movies in his spare time.
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