Zelos Mako Bronze 500m Diver

For many watch enthusiasts, dive watches represent the endgame of watch collecting. By design, they're made with the highest tolerances and the best materials to perform their core functions. But they're also an excellent platform to showcase a manufacturer's prowess. That's exactly what Zelos did with their Mako 500m dive watch. From fit and finish to features, the Mako series puts together classic design with modern construction to build a watch that can take any pressure.

The first thing you'll notice with the Zelos Mako is its distinct bronze case. The material—marine-grade CuSn8 bronze alloy—starts out with a lustrous gold color, and with use develops a patina unique to the watch's owner. The Mako comes in a 40mm case meant to evoke the speed and sleekness of its namesake shark. You have a choice among 3 options for its 120-click bezel, including ceramic options that give the Mako both a pop of color and extra hardness against impact.

The Mako's second key feature is its box-shaped sapphire crystal designed as a nod to 60s acrylic crystal styles (minus the scratches). This pairs nicely with the watch's classic diver design and functionality. Its dial is dotted with highly legible indices and markings and a generous use of C3 and BGW9 lume—the two brightest and longest-lasting lumes you can find on a watch—keeps it visible even in the darkness of the depths. You even have an option of a Mako with a Muonionalusta meteorite dial, giving it an exotic look that could only come from a material that landed over a million years ago in northern Scandinavia.

The Mako isn't all about the past, though. Under its 500m-sealed case ticks a modern Sellita SW200 Swiss Movement: reliable and accurate with a 38-hour power reserve and hacking and date features for its timekeeping. It's automatic, of course, meaning that keeping the watch going is a matter of simply wearing it. Which is easy thanks to both its compact frame and its two included straps of waxed leather and Tropic rubber, the latter of which was a signature component of dive watches in the 60s.

The Mako Bronze 500m dive watch is now available for pre-order at a special launch price of $429 ($569 for the meteorite versions) until June 15th, with orders shipping in 2-3 weeks. You can pick one up at the link below.

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Zelos Abyss 2 Dive Watch

Whether you’re heading into the depths of the ocean, or just doing some desk diving around the office, the Abyss 2 by Zelos is sure to get the job done. Nearly every feature on the Abyss 2 is over-engineered to be the best that it possibly can. Zelos takes the standard dive watch specs (like water resistance, lume, domed crystal, and a sturdy case) and amps them up to the next level.

The Abyss 2’s 43mm case is made from a marine-grade copper-bronze alloy, a material that’s commonly seen in aquatic applications. The material, case design, and helium escape valve allow the watch to obtain its 3000M water resistance rating. No really, you read that right. The Abyss 2 has a water resistance of 3,000M. This is 10 times the amount commonly seen on a dive watch. Let that sink in.

The case will also pick up a patina over time — starting off with a look similar to rose gold, then eventually fading to a rich, golden brown. To increase legibility, they’ve engraved the hour makers extra deeply, allowing several layers of the super-luminous paint to build up. The result is an extra bright and long-lasting glow. The Abyss 2 also features an internal 12-hour rotating bezel that can track an alternate time zone. The dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal and finished with a lume-treated rotating outer bezel.

The watch stays ticking thanks to an automatic, reliable, Swiss-made Selitta movement. The standard model features the SW-200 movement with second hand, while The Turbine model features the SW-260. In place of a seconds hand is a running-indicator sub dial. And instead of a traditional elongated watch hand, there’s a disc with a propellor on it that rotates as long as the watch is running. It’s a nice design touch that further emphasizes the Abyss 2’s oceanic theme.

While most of the Abyss 2's design calls back to its deep-diver roots, a special edition version of the watch has a dial that's literally out of this world. It's made from the Muonionalusta meteorite, which landed over a million years ago in Sweden. It adds an exotic, one-of-a-kind texture to the watch. The standard configuration of the watch comes in either a black, blue, or green dial as well, with the Turbine version available in black or blue.

This tank of a dive watch is now available for pre-order, due to ship in early December of this year. The watch starts at $569 and goes up to $799 for the meteorite version. You can pick one up at the link below.

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The 10 Best Affordable Dive Watches of 2017

Whether you’re just diving into a huge workload at your desk, or actually spending some time deep underwater, one thing is clear — a dive watch would be great to have on your wrist. You don’t need to be a diver to appreciate these high-performing, beautifully designed, and undoubtedly utilitarian timepieces for everyday use. In this Carry Smarter guide, you’ll get familiar with the basics of dive watches, what features to look for when buying a diver, and our picks for the best and most affordable options for 2017 to help you take the plunge into the world of dive watches.

Orient Mako USA Dive Watch

There are plenty of capable dive watches in the $200 range, but few manage to pack in as many high-end features as the Orient Mako USA. Orient's recently released diver uses a new sapphire glass for increased scratch resistance and a 120-click bezel for better accuracy and tactile feedback. Its updated face has bold, easy to read indices coated with LumiNova pigment for a bright, long-lasting lume. Orient even went as far as including solid end links on their new bracelet. The watch uses Orient's in-house automatic movement, featuring a 40-hour power reserve, day/date window, and separate crowns for adjusting date and time. With its 200M water resistance, you'll be making waves with this handsome dive watch both in and out of the water.