Zelos Launches The New Spearfish Collection

I’ve been on the hunt for a GMT for quite some time now, but there hasn’t been one that has appealed to me aesthetically, is readily available and at a price that I’m comfortable with for me to click the “Add To Cart” button. So I’ve resorted to finding an alternative solution and started a running list of durable, everyday steel watches that come with a 12 hour bezel. Enter the recently released Zelos Spearfish which I’ve immediately added to that list. There’s a lot to like with the Zelos Spearfish, and for my taste and what I look for in a steel sport watch, the Zelos Spearfish 12HR Frost is right up my alley and packs a heck of a punch.

Zelos is a brand that is well received by watch enthusiasts and has been on my radar for quite some time. That being said, I have yet to look into their watches from a watch writer’s perspective and the more I dive deeper into their catalog, the more I notice the distinctive qualities and attention to detail that separates Zelos from other microbrands. With the Zelos Spearfish 12 HR Frost, the details start with the bezel. The steel bezel comes with a ceramic insert and the faded sickly green Arabic numerals, each separated by a vertical hash mark, stand out against the brushed charcoal tone. Legibility is a highlight for the Zelos Spearfish Frost. The bold trapezoidal markers with dark polished surrounds and the orange seconds hand pops against the white dial. And looking more closely at that white dial, you’ll notice a subtle texture resembling a guilloche pattern radiating from the center. Like I said, it’s all in the attention to detail.


The Zelos Spearfish 12 HR Frost is as legible in the dark as it is in brightly lit environments. Not only are the hour markers and modernized dauphine hands lumed with C3 X1, but the entire dial comes fully lumed with BGW9 as well. The textured dial pattern is more discernible as the dial comes to life via the lume. Adding to the ceramic bezel and a luminous dial, the Zelos Spearfish features a hardened steel case and bracelet, 200 meters of water resistance and surprisingly, a La-Joux Perret G100 automatic movement.

This won’t be the first time Zelos has used the Swiss movement manufacturer La-Joux Perret, as we’ve seen them use one of their movements in the Mirage 2. The Zelos Spearfish 12HR Frost comes equipped with the La-Joux Perret G100 which boasts a 68 hour power reserve which is significantly more than the reserve you would find on an ETA 2824 or a Sellita SW-200. ETA, Sellita and Seiko movements are a common choice used within the microrand space, so it’s refreshing to see a more refined movement used by Zelos.

I’m a bracelet guy, so when I read from multiple forums that Zelos gets a lot of high praise from the watch community for the quality of their bracelets, that was another thing that intrigued me about the brand. The Zelos Spearfish 12HR Frost features a dual button deployant clasp and quick adjust capability within the clasp for on the fly adjustment. The steel bracelet also comes with quick release spring bars making strap changes a breeze.

The Zelos Spearfish packs in a lot of features into one wearable package. The Spearfish should fit a wide range of wrists with its spot on case proportions coming in at 40mm wide, 47mm lug to lug and 11.5mm thick. The Zelos Spearfish collection comes in various different dial colors and materials including their ‘Meteorite’ dial and ‘Copper’ dial fitted with 12 hour bezels, as well as their ‘Burnt Orange’ dial that comes with a 120 click dive bezel. Unfortunately those three versions are sold out. That being said, Zelos currently has the ‘Antique Green’ and ‘Forged Carbon’ dials, both with dive bezels and the ‘12HR Frost’ available on their site.

The Zelos Spearfish is currently available for its launch price until March 15th with the Frost and Antique Green models priced at a very approachable $649 and the Forged Carbon at $699. Zelos

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Thomas is a budding writer and an avid photographer by way of San Diego, California. From his local surf break to mountain peaks and occasionally traveling to destinations off the beaten path, he is always searching for his next adventure, with a watch on wrist, and a camera in hand. Thomas is a watch enthusiast through and through; having a strong passion for their breadth of design, historical connection, and the stories that lie within each timepiece.