This Zelos Swordfish is the newest model of this very talked-about microbrand mannequin, and there are a couple of latest adjustments and a few new dial colours, however largely it is a new run of a mainstay mannequin from the Singapore micro. Most listed here are in all probability conversant in Zelos, even when you’ve got by no means owned one, you’ve gotten in all probability seen them in group posts, Fb or Instagram posts, or advertisements or perhaps even your pal owns one. Zelos has not solely grown through the years immensely however in addition they have sustained a large following for the final decade and so they present no indicators of slowing down. The Swordfish is usually considered one of their extra inexpensive fashions and appears to be a mainstay of their assortment. This newest drop of divers is in chrome steel, and has some new dial choices, like this Ember Orange and some others, a Seiko NH35 motion, together with a stainless bracelet and fast alter clasp. This one additionally has a singular function, as this orange dial can be a full lume dial, and appears fairly totally different at nighttime. Present pricing is $399.
- 42mm Case of Stainless Metal
- 22mm Lug Width
- Lug to Lug 48mm
- 12mm Thick
- 198 Grams in Weight
- Sapphire Crystal and Bezel
- 200m Water Resistant
- Seiko NH35 Movement
- Full Lume Dial
- Bracelet with Fast Modify Clasp
- Journey Case and Guarantee Card
Worth $399 USD
I reviewed the Zelos Swordfish again in 2018. I’m not certain what model that was however for essentially the most half, the watch is generally unchanged, it simply retains getting increasingly more refined with every iteration. The case design and ending, together with the flat hyperlink bracelet and case again art work seem like the identical, and through the years this mannequin was accessible with both an NH35 or a costlier ETA 2824. As of late it appears they largely stick to the NH35, to maintain it on the finances facet and sometimes a Miyota 9015 or 9039. Over time this watch has been made in metal, titanium, bronze, and a myriad of dial colours, textures, and even mom of pearl and meteorite.
The Zelos Swordfish is available in a couple of sizes, the newest launch of the divers is obtainable in 40 or 42mm, as a matter of reality, it says the scale proper on the dial, which is likely one of the adjustments from earlier fashions. It’s nonetheless a sandwich dial, nonetheless has the date at 6 o’clock, and the Ember Orange is obtainable in two variations, this one is a full lume dial, with black palms and markers. The palms and markers appear to be unchanged as nicely, and the dial remains to be very uncluttered and intensely readable. One factor of notice, this orange dial and sapphire bezel are arduous to seize correctly in images. I’m undecided what hue of orange to match it to, nevertheless it pictures with a yellow tinge to it, and in particular person, it’s extra of a vibrant orange.
Zelos has saved the end all satin-brushed for 95% of the case, with some extremely polished accents below the bezel edge. The bezel tooth alternate between brushed and blasted, and whereas I wouldn’t say this watch has a instrument watch vibe, the general ending is fairly subdued. Clearly, with this model and some others, the colour of the dial and sapphire bezel makes the watch actually stand out, and one thing that has stayed on the Swordfish all these years is the steel ring between the dial and bezel, which some love and a few hate. I feel it seems okay, however I wouldn’t thoughts an even bigger dial and a barely wider bezel, which might be completed if that steel ring was eliminated.
The bracelet, once more, is generally the identical. A really aesthetically pleasing flat hyperlink bracelet, with feminine finish hyperlinks that sit barely low within the lugs, permitting you to see extra of the case. Often, this isn’t a design selection I’m keen on, however between the thick tapered lugs and the ending, it appears to meld altogether properly. The flat hyperlink bracelet makes use of one-piece screws for sizing and like a whole lot of manufacturers today, Zelos has its personal distinct clasp with a fast alter clasp. As of late, conventional dive extensions on clasps appear to be a factor of the previous, and whereas this clasp extension does give one an additional little bit of size, I’m not certain if one might use this over a wetsuit, like dive watches of years previous. However, if it’s good to get a greater match together with your watch, you’ll be able to simply slide the button below the clasp and transfer the extension out and in. I’ll say, it’s not essentially the most engaging extension, nevertheless it capabilities very nicely and locks into place.
On my 7 1/2 inch (19.05cm) wrist, the 42mm feels good. The Zelos Swordfish isn’t very thick at 12mm and with a lug to lug of 48mm, and people feminine finish hyperlinks, that is a straightforward on a regular basis put on piece. At nearly 200 grams, it’s not light-weight, nevertheless it feels very balanced, (as soon as sized as I needed to take away 4 hyperlinks), and although I initially requested the 40mm model, I’m glad they despatched the 42. I feel it reveals that numbers don’t all the time inform the entire story. Many watch lovers today appear to be asking for 40mm and below watches, and considerably get in a frenzy when a watch is launched in 42mm. Whereas the 40mm in all probability matches like a glove on a smaller wrist, I feel this 42mm will match and really feel good on a wide selection of wrist sizes, because it’s a well-designed and well-proportioned watch.
One distinctive function of the Zelos Swordfish Ember Orange is that this orange dial is definitely a full lume dial. Usually we affiliate lume dias with a white or off-white dial coloration, however both Zelos or perhaps the manufacturing unit has discovered learn how to make a vibrant orange dial flip a vibrant fluorescent yellow at nighttime. Apparently, Zelos has completed this coloration earlier than, I consider somebody mentioned with a Hammerhead. I should have missed that one, although it’s arduous to maintain up with each launch from each model. Regardless, at nighttime, the lume actually is funky and extra importantly very vibrant and vibrant. Even the chapter ring glows, with a pleasant BGW9 blue, which contrasts properly with the intense yellow.
The Zelos Swordfish remains to be a well-made, well-designed, and inexpensive piece. In case you caught this watch on the launch worth, it was really $299. Presently, on the time of scripting this evaluate, the Ember Orange and most of the different colours are offered out, as they offered out throughout the launch, which I consider was 2-3 weeks. That is sort of a preorder, however extra of a really quick preorder, because the watches are already in ongoing manufacturing. At the moment, the value is $399, which remains to be an awesome worth for all of the watch gives, and whereas this orange coloration is probably not my favourite, I can’t deny the attraction, and naturally, there are numerous different colours and dials accessible. As of late, all of us need as a lot as we are able to get for our cash, and it’s nice to see that Zelos is placing out nice watches for nicely below $500. Although every batch sells out comparatively shortly, I think about we’ll see a brand new, barely upgraded Swordfish once more quickly, as this mannequin appears to be a giant vendor, and it’s simple to see why.