Zelos Abyss

After the successful launch of 2 timepieces – the Helmsman and Chroma – Singapore based micro watch brand Zelos announces its third project: Abyss, a professional grade dive watch made with marine grade bronze. Built to withstand extreme pressures up to 3000 meters, Abyss takes its design inspiration from its first model, Helmsman.

Bronze has been closely associated with ocean world since ancient times because of its corrosion resistance. Like the first model, the Zelos Abyss will be come with a fine bronze case, yet designed to with stand extreme pressure.

An oxide layer, called a patina, forms a protective skin over time to protect the metal. This patina individualizes each Abyss, creating completely unique pieces. The chamfered edges of the case will be finely polished to perfection and the rest of the case is brushed to provide a contrast.

Zelos Abyss diving watch 3000 meters

The sapphire crystal mounted to protect the face of the Abyss measures 7mm thick. It is double domed in shape to reduce distortion when viewed at an angle. Inner anti reflective coatings also prevent any unwanted reflections and improves legibility. It is equipped with 120 click, unidirectional bezel and Helium Escape Valve to provide functionality for saturation divers. As with the Helmsman, an internal bezel is also added to provide additional timing functionality if required, without any risk of the bezel turning unintentionally.

Zelos Abyss diving watch bronze case

Maintaining a water resistance of up to 3000m requires a complex balance of thick metal casings and fine gaskets sealing every possible point of leakage. Each of the crowns has 5 gaskets to ensure a waterproof seal, while a double O-ring system seals the hefty 4mm thick stainless steel screw-down caseback.

The Zelos Abyss will be powered with the automatic Miyota 9015 movement, a work horse designed to perform precisely and reliably. A total of 500 pieces of the Abyss will be produced and each piece will be individually numbered.

Zelos Abyss diving watch with 3000 meters water resistance

The Zelos Abyss will be available in Blue, Green, Brown, Black and DLC bezel with Black dial versions. The CUSN8 Bronze case measures 43mm in diameter and 18mm thickness. 51.5mm lug to lug length makes it extremely wearable.

The Zelos Abyss crowd funding project is currently online on Kickstarter. Pre-order prices start from US$ 490/390 Euros. Delivery is scheduled for May 2015.

Technical details

  • CUSN8 Bronze case
  • Water Resistance of 3000m
  • 120 click, unidirectional bezel. Lumed triangle
  • DLC coating on crowns and black bezel model
  • Extreme hard coating on stainless steel to prevent scratches
  • Engraved logo as well on crown, buckle
  • Miyota 9015 Automatic movement
  • Multi Level Dial with circular brushed inner dial
  • BGW9 Superluminova on hands and markers
  • 1 Year international warranty

Visit the following link to back this project:-
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zelos/zelos-abyss-3000m-bronze-engineered-for-the-extrem

Zelos Helmsman

Following the footsteps of new generation micro watch brands, Singapore based watch company Zelos introduces their debut timepiece Helmsman backed by a crowd funding campaign hosted at KickStarter.

Founded by Elshan Tang, the brand Zelos takes its name from Greek word for zeal. A graduate in mechanical engineering, Elshan Tang has been drawn to the world of exceptional mechanical watches since his young age. His quest to create affordable, yet high performance mechanical watches led to the birth of Zelos watch brand.

Zelos Helmsman

For Zelos Helmsman automatic watch , Elshan Tang has chosen Bronze, the material associated with human kind since the early ages of civilisation. It is one of the most corrosion resistant metals available in earth. An oxide layer, called a patina, forms a protective skin over time to protect the metal.

Here, this patina will individualize each Helmsman, making them completely unique pieces. The Helmsman is also offered in 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel version. Each variant of the Helmsman will be limited to only 50 pieces and will be individually numbered.

Zelos Helmsman automatic watch

Zelos Helmsman features the qualities of a modern sports watch, yet it can be worn as typical dress watch thanks to its sleek designs.

The 43mm, Bronze (CuSn8) or 316L stainless steel case is finished with three different methods: Sandblasting (for the side cut-outs), brushing (bezel and casing) and polishing (edges). The brushing and polishing of the case is specially carried out by hand. The Zelos brand logo is engraved on the crown, buckle and rotor.

Zelos Helmsman watch

The cut-outs on the sides of the case evoke a modern style. The crowns and caseback are deliberately made of steel instead of bronze to avoid the negative effects of this metal. For example, when in contact with the skin, bronze may leave green traces of non-toxic oxide. Also, with the fine tolerances required for a screw down crown, having patina or oxide build-up within the threads might affect its operation.

Zelos Helmsman bronze watch

The Miyota 9015 is an excellent option for those who desire to manufacture affordable mechanical watches. This high grade, yet inexpensive movement is produced by Japanese watchmaking group Citizen.

Zelos Helmsman automatic watch miyota 9015 movement

This 24 jewel automatic movement can match to the specifications of Swiss made ETA movements. The movement will feature a Rose Gold PVD Rotor engraved with brand logo and Calibre details.

miyota 9015 self-winding movement with custom rotor

Zelos Helmsman features an internal diver’s bezel operated by crown at 2 o’clock to compute the duration of the dive. An internal diving bezel was chosen instead of the traditional rotating bezel to keep the design sleek. This timepiece has a water resistance of 100m; and along with a NATO strap it can be used for sea side adventures and scuba diving.

Zelos Helmsman watch with date display

The dial has 3 levels with the embossed lines reminiscent of a ship’s deck. The dial boasts C3 Superluminova on hands and markers. A date window is positioned at 3′ o clock.

Each Helmsman will come in its own leather travel pouch along with three straps: Vintage Brown Leather, Smooth Black Leather and NATO strap.

Zelos Helmsman watch case back view

Zelos Helmsman will be fitted with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal and the exhibition caseback with sapphire crystal offers the view of movement and laser engraved rotor.

Zelos Helmsman is also offered with scratch resistant DLC coated cases.  The Company offers 1 Year international warranty for the Zelos Helmsman timepieces.

Click for more details on Zelos Helmsman KickStarter campaign