Published on January 30th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Zelos Experimental Swiss Auto Chronograph Watch

Singapore-based Zelos is proud to introduce their very first chronograph watch. This month, the brand launched the Zelos Experimental Swiss Auto Chronograph collection on Kickstarter, a new family of chronograph watches that can be configured with a Swiss Valjoux 7750 or the Seiko VK67A “meca-quartz” movement. In traditional Zelos fashion, the watches can also come fitted with meteorite dials, marine-grade bronze cases, and Titanium Damascus, which hasn’t been used for a watch case until now. However, the most noteworthy variant is the ZX-8 Limited Edition, which features a dial crafted from a component removed from a mission-flown SR-71 Blackbird.

The Zelos Experimental Swiss Auto Chronograph comes in a very wearable 43mm case size, is water-resistant to 100m, and features a clear three-register chronograph layout with sub-dials at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock. The dial itself is multi-layered and has an application of BGW9 lume while an AR-coated sapphire crystal offers added protection. When selecting a model, customers will also be able to choose between titanium and CuSn8 marine grade bronze, which has been a staple of the Zelos design ethos throughout the years. Additional case dimensions make for a surprisingly wrist-friendly watch with a 16mm case thickness and 49mm lug-to-lug measurement.

Zelos is also offering the ZX-8 Limited Edition featuring a titanium dial produced from an actual SR-71 Blackbird component. Like the Ti-Damascus version, this model is extremely limited due to the fact that Zelos was able to obtain only one of these parts courtesy of Daniel Freeman, Supervisor and Chief of Metals Technology for the 9th Reconnaissance Wing.

While the highly-limited models and meteorite dials are certainly enticing, Zelos is also producing the Zelos Experimental Swiss Auto Chronograph in a range of standard dial colors like black and a deep sunburst blue. All models will come fitted with Horween leather straps and every Experimental Swiss Auto Chronograph is backed by a 1-year warranty. Currently the project is live on Kickstarter with prices ranging between USD379 and USD2,087 depending on dial, case, and movement combinations. To learn more, visit Zelos on Kickstarter or their official website.

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