Watch Review: Heitis Pilot/Aviator

623A6887-B42B-4EB8-9B49-C8708B476A0ATaking it back to the basics. Keeping it simple. In a chaotic world in which one may live, those quotes are quite a welcome. I believe that is what Heitis has been trying to achieve with their collection of watches. It is actually what first came to mind when their Aviator watch arrived. Simple, classic and as we explore this watch together we will see if we can add gets the job done to that list. What drew me to this watch initially? The dial actually with it’s classic aviation style.


My first thought when I finally got to see this dial in person was instrument panel from a true classic of aviation. The layout of the matte black dial is very precise just like a gauge on the instrument panel. I want to talk about the date window first. This is the kind of dial where this style of date window works. I typically don’t prefer a date window, let alone a date window like this. Why do I like it in this circumstance? It holds true to the aviation theme of this watch and more importantly it looks good while remaining functional.


The unique thing about this dial is that it remains simple, precise despite everything that is printed on the dial. If you look at an instrument panel on a plane, it’s overwhelming. But the pilots ease of operation makes the abundance of dials, gauges, buttons seem like it’s simple to navigate. That is exactly how this dial works. There is an abundance of numbers, markers, etc…. but it is done with such precision that reading this dial is extremely easy and looks amazingly organized. I like that the dial works from an outside in fashion. Starting with the minutes/second track printed in bold and easy to read white, then you have printed in subtle sized red there are the traditional 12 hour track, then finally in the center of this dial you have printed in white military hour track.


The traditional aviation/pilot style minute/hour hands are the perfect length and width where they functionally point to their intended indicators on the dial and also allow you to read the dial without interruption. I really like he hands on this watch, my only suggestion though is that the second hand should be longer where it reaches to the outer edge of the dial. The red tip nicely matches up with the red print on the dial and matches the hour hand. The text itself was kept to a minimum on this dial which was a good design choice. My personal favorite detail on this dial is the star and wings logo, a small detail that makes a big impact in my opinion.


The blasted finish stainless steel case has a lot of nice little details that really surprised me especially at this price point. The signed crown caught me completely off guard because I definitely didn’t expect it to be signed and I certainly didn’t expect it to have such an ease of grip/function. When I turned the watch over, I was hit by two surprises that were not expected, again, not at this price point. The engraved logo was an added bonus on the screw down case back. It looks really good and better than I have seen on watches that sell for 5x of what this watch does. While I was exploring the case back I noticed that the brown leather strap has quick release spring bars. I thought to myself not only does this strap have some nice details with the blasted rivets and matching finished signed buckle, but now the addition of the quick release spring bars just took this strap that rare extra mile.


I really like what this watch has to offer and what it stands for. It makes no claims to be something that it’s not. It’s an honest and affordable watch that I believe has a place in watch collection. A watch that does exactly what it was designed for, does it’s job well and looks good while doing it. It’s a good every day watch, aka a daily beater with the style charm of a pilots/aviation watch. A watch that you don’t have to worry about babying while it’s on the wrist. This watch will not break the bank and it’s an great value for what you get. Ticking away inside this watch is a Ronda Swiss Quartz movement.


My suggestion for improvement on this watch is having a screw down crown instead of a push/pull style. Not that I would take this watch diving with me, but a screw down just adds a bit of extra security in my opinion. Having said that, if you compare the specifications to the $189 price, you are getting some hell of a lot of bang for the buck. You hear that a lot, but I was 100% serious when I say that here.


* Case: Surgical Grade 316L Stainless steel
* Caseback: Stainless steel, screw down
* Dial: Stainess Steel Aviator
* Hands: Sword with super lume
* Calendar: Date displayed at 3 o’clock position with unique cut
* Strap: Genuine leather, black or brown
* Clasp: Buckle
* Crystal: Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
* Crown: Push/pull
* Movement: Ronda Swiss Quartz
* Water resistance: 5 ATM/50 meters/165 feet
* Case measurements: 44 mm
* Strap measurements: 20 mm



Watch Review: Zelos Abyss II

52D8CFA1-F579-4AFF-843E-07EF13740BF3This year has had it’s ups and downs already. The down part though had a silver lining, it has brought me back to art after a 10 year hiatus. So I have decided to start a new series for 2018 “Art Inspired By Watches”. Each watch I review I am creating an art piece that was inspired by the watch. This is my 4th review in which I have had the honor to create an art piece for. It has been very therapeutic and I am really enjoying doing these. It also gave me some more insight in what it must be like to create a watch. Knowing that not everyone is going to appreciate the “subject”, knowing not everyone is going to like the “style”, but you create it anyway because you are passionate about what you believe in and what your vision is. I admire that about watch makers. Today’s subject is the Zelos Abyss II. I have seen Zelos watches quite a bit and I am excited to finally get a true experience with one.


The bronze case on the Abyss II is hefty and has that came from the depths of the sea feel. I was instantly imagining how this piece will look with patina on it. The bronze right out of the box is quite shiny like it was perfectly preserved inside an old treasure chest, but it is ready to join you on your adventure begging to get dirty. That’s the appealing part of a bronze case to me, the case begs to get dirty, and it’s not afraid of getting scratched, and when it does get scratched it is proud to show them off. Bronze case never stop building character, it starts at day one and will continue for the entire life of the watch itself. I never baby my watches, but bronze especially has that instant “don’t baby me” feel. I respect that completely and admire it.


The case is a nice combination of brushed and polished finishes which both come together in horological harmony. There is just enough of polished finish accent that adds depth to the Abyss’ case. The thick and wide bezel creates a nice border for the dial and also lends protection to the domed sapphire crystal. I personally like the wide spaces between the edges of the bezel which allows ease of grip and operation when rotating the bezel.   Located on the non crown side of the case is a automatic release valve. I must applaud Zelos for not going with the current trend of putting this obvious information on the rehaut. In my opinion is that detail looks tacky and only belongs on one watch.


Instead of going tacky, Zelos went functional with a inner rotating chapter ring which is operated by the top screw down crown. I have to say that Zelos took this a step further by making you pull pressure on the crown to rotate the chapter ring. I reviewed watches in the past that when you try to screw the crown back down it rotated the inner chapter ring as well which drove my OCD tendencies crazy because the top position would take forever to try to line up. Well done Zelos! Both crowns are very easy to grip and operate thanks to their size and edges. I also like how they protrude further out from the case, because I hate when a watch design makes you feel like you are trying to pull out a splinter when gripping the crown.


Both crowns have a bit more detail than just being signed with Zelos ‘Z’, they also have received lume treatment just as the markers on the bezel. The crowns served as my inspiration for the artwork above. The Abyss II looks badass in both light and dark environments. The stainless steel case back is screw down style and features some engraving. I am a sucker for solid case backs that are engraved. Unfortunately the Abyss II engraving is a bit generic and lacks depth of detail. This is more a personal disappointment and is certainly not a deal breaker by any means.


The dial on the Abyss II is definitely a highlight for me. The blue backdrop creates a visually stimulating detail/design for the dial itself. The blue color reminds of the sea and just like the sea, the dial color changes depending on the lighting. The blue also allows the hands on the Abyss to really take center stage. The hands in my opinion are the ideal width, length, and shape that are so complementary to the dial and overall design of this watch. While I was admiring the hands on this watch, it came to me that the Abyss reminds me of the watch that Captaine Nemo would wear. The properly proportioned hands also allow for a generous amount of lume treatment, from the hour/minute hands right down to the seconds hand.


The dial on the Abyss is crisp and precise, with a definite planned out design. It is clean in terms of layout and details with exactly what is needed and nothing added that creates clutter. The minimal text and logo match the hands and colors found throughout this watch even the applied markers border. The only detail that somewhat interrupts the dial flow is the date window at 3, which date windows come down to personal preference, so those who like date windows will be extremely happy with the execution on the Abyss. Speaking of happy, fans of strap options and change will be very happy with the nice assortment of straps that Zelos has included with the Abyss.


Ticking away inside the Abyss II is the Swiss movement which was timed at -8 seconds per day during my review process. The Abyss II is packed full of details and is extremely well executed. Some of my favorite details on this watch are the 7mm double domed sapphire crystal, the circular brushed dial and the case itself. The Abyss comes in at just under $1000 USD. It’s a hefty watch, designed to handle some extreme water pressure. This watch certainly proved itself in handling what I put it through during my review process from being dropped on the frozen river to the case and crystal being banged against rocks/frozen dirt.


Despite the large case, the Abyss wears great on the wrist, it even fit under my dress shirt sleeve. Had to use the second button but regardless it fit. My first real experience with Zelos has been a very positive one, and with that being said, I absolutely have no issues recommending this watch both on a personal level and a professional level. The Abyss II is almost sold out on Zelos’s website, so act fast if you want to experience a killer bronze watch.

I want personally thank you all for reading and I would also like to thank Elshan from Zelos.

43mm Diameter Case in CUSN8 Bronze.

51.5mm lug to lug length makes it extremely wearable. 19mm thickness for the water resistance

Brushed case with polished edges and Bronze crowns

Sellita SW200 Swiss Movement

7mm thick Sapphire crystal: scratched only by diamond. Double domed in shape and inner coated with anti reflective coating.

Water Resistance of 3000m

External divers bezel: 120 click, unidirectional. Lumed triangle and full lumed markers

Internal 12 Hour bezel for separate timezone tracking

Engraved logo as well on crown, buckle

Multi Level Dial with circular brushed inner dial

C3/BGW9 Superluminova on hands and markers




Watch Review: Nethuns Ocean 300

6DF9CACD-1CE3-4DDE-BA70-AF5D455BA412My oldest son is really into rocks and it’s not just in the “oh that rock looks cool let me get it for my collection” way either. He is extremely fascinated from a geology standpoint. So much in fact that he wants to be a geologist when he grows up. When I showed him the watch that I will be reviewing today, he was beyond excited. His eyes lit up when I told him what the dial was made of. Just as my watch enthusiast eyes lit up, but it was extra special for me to see my son’s excitement, especially through the eyes of a future geologist. The Nethuns Ocean 300 with the meteorite dial is the watch we will be exploring together today.


A substantial watch, with a good heft/solid construction first came to mind when I took the watch out of the box. The bronze case was ready to start it’s journey of time, just begging for that natural patina to start forming. Especially around the bezel, with the stainless steel hexagon screws, that decorate it ever so nicely from a functional and aesthetic standpoint. The screws are a nice combination of brushed matte and polished finishes, which catch the light brilliantly. I really like how the fixed bezel received the same finish treatment, giving the case a nice 3-dimensional appearance.


The bezel really sets the tone for this piece as a rugged, can handle anything type of watch. I don’t know how important that is to you guys, but it is a feature that definitely makes me take a watch more seriously. I don’t abuse my watches on purpose but I don’t baby them either. They have to be able to keep up with me on my outdoor adventures and my active lifestyle. A sturdy case and a screw down crown are two things that I personally look for when I am looking for a watch. The Ocean 300 definitely seems to meet those two needs from my initial handling.


A watch that has a 300M depth rating I would not expect anything less than a sturdy, easy to grip screw down crown. Nethuns kept the crown guards to a minimum which hasn’t sacrificed any protection value but it also allows easy grip of the crown itself, which operates perfectly on this piece. The crown has some nice detail as well including the gear style edges and the raised signed details with the Nethuns ‘N’. The stainless steel screw down case back has been kept simple with a laser etched old school navigational map compass.


Now onto the dial itself which of course is a major feature of this watch. It is my first meteorite dial experience which I must admit that I was skeptical at first. That skepticism quickly fled once I got my hands on this watch.   What I find unique and cool about a meteorite dial is how the fine details and color change with the lighting. In some lighting the dial appears to be very flat with very little detail, but then it hits other light. Bam! You see why meteorite dials are so cool. It looks like it has great depth and texture, even the colors change. A really cool alternative backdrop material for a dial. I am glad Nethuns kept the text on the dial to a minimum. I would have also liked the exclusion of the date window at the 6 o’clock position to keep the dial more intact.


I like what Nethuns did with the hour markers and the hands in terms of the color. Since the material that was used for the dial is quite old, I like that Nethuns went with an aged look for the marker color and hands color/finish. The nice thing about it is that it looks fantastic and not gimmicky like some faux patina/aged finish that you find on some watches these days. The colors on the hands and markers nicely coordinate with the text color, right down to the tip of the lollipop shaped seconds hand. I like the brushed finish on the semi-skeletonized hour and minute hands which keep true to the overall style details on this watch.


Ticking away inside the Ocean 300 is a Japanese made Seiko NH35 automatic movement, 24 jewels, power reserve 41 hours. The Ocean 300 was timed at -10 sexonds per day during my review process. The Ocean 300 comes on a black canvas strap with leather accents that has camo print and grey stitching.  I didn’t know how I would like this but seeing it person I see that it was done with tact and it actually looks good. It is hardly noticeable actually. The oversized buckle on the other hand is quite noticeable. I have heard some initial complaints that it’s too big, but I disagree. I think that it’s quite suiting and I think it extends the watches personality perfectly. There are larger hexagon screw heads on the buckle that match the screw heads on this bezel.


The Nethuns Ocean 300 is a well built watch packed with nice details at a decent price of $640 USD. I really like the bezel and crown in terms of the case design itself as it offers a bit of a different design that other watches. The dial is definitely a nice highlight on this watch and adds to it’s overall appeal in my opinion. I also think that the canvas strap is well made with a nice sturdy buckle. I would recommend this piece to anyone looking for a bronze dive style watch that will fit well and comfortably on most wrist sizes. The Ocean 300 did endure some scratches on the case during my review, but like I have said before scratches and patina on bronze watches just add to it’s ever changing personality. Bronze has personally taken second place in my case material choice. It has definitely moved up on my list.

I would like to personally thank you for reading my review and as always your questions and comments are welcome below.

I would also like to thank Nethuns.

Diameter 43.5mm width, 51mm lug to lug, brushed/polished bronze (alloy of copper and tin), 15mm thick.
Brushed stainless steel.
Sapphire crystal, 3.5mm thick with anti-reflective coating.
30 bar (~300 meters).


Japanese made Seiko NH35 automatic movement, 24 jewels, power reserve 41 hours.


Hours, minutes, seconds & date at 6 o’clock.


Bronze with 6 decorated screws.




2 layer dial, Natural Meteorite Stone with SuperLuminova markers.


22mm canvas/leather strap with 22mm bronze buckle.





3EB6763D-A4F0-4245-B25C-9FA8DD5EB28EThe unique, the unusual, the different has always been an attraction point for me. Growing up I was that, quiet, shy kid. The skateboarding, artsy kid. My mom loved and supported me, even during my most extreme “marching to the beat of my own drum”. I have to that my tastes haven’t changed. I always root for the underdog. I am still drawn to the different. I still don’t believe in trends that try to tell me what to buy and what not to buy. Bronze/brass watches are just a fad. Larger case watches are ugly. I may not have an app for those people, but I do have an emoji that works perfectly. 🖕🏽


If I listened, I would have missed out on the watch that we will be exploring together today. I have to be honest when I first started seeing pics of PONTVS Nessi, I was immediately interested in the design of the watch. The bezel and the oversized crown is what pulled my interest in. There is of course that level of uncertainty that comes along with a freshman release from a new company. Not that I expect a watch to be garbage, it’s just that I honestly don’t know what to expect. I could read others reviews, but I refuse to do so. I like to have fresh, original thoughts that aren’t influenced by others words. Again, my choice to march to the beat of my own drum. Just as PONTVS did with the Nessi.


The watch felt good from my initial pick up and touching. (Insert that what she said jokes) I like to rub my thumb over the bezel and crystal of a watch first, then the bezel and crown action are next whenever I get a watch in. I immediately noticed that there was some nice patina already forming on this watch which was an added bonus in my opinion. The Nessi was already off to a good start from my first initial overlooking evaluation. Both the crown and bezel both functioned with out flaw. Both are extremely easy to grip and operate. The bezel has nice tight rotating action, no extra play and the pip lines up perfectly with the 12 o’clock hour marker. The raised bezel markers add a real nice detail aesthetic to this watch. I kept thinking how good this look now, just think when patina really starts forming. As I spent more time with Nessi, I discovered a nice little correlation detail. The shape of the crown and bezel are very similar, complementing each other quite nicely.


I like that PONTVS went with stainless steel for Nessi’s crown. The hard edges just adds to the industrial, old school badass deepsea divers suit feel to this watch. To make the crown even better, it’s signed with an engraved cross which gives an old world explorer feel to the Nessi. Flip the case over and yet another pleasant surprise, an engraved picture of the greek god of the sea himself. He was the primordial god (protogenos) of the sea. He wasn’t just living in the sea itself, he was the sea, body and soul. He was born from earth at the very dawn of creation itself. The case back looks absolutely fantastic in terms of execution and finish, even better than pieces from well established watch brands.


The dial on the Nessi was another surprise, but it has more to do with me. The funny part of when I looked at this dial in person, I discovered that it was blue. I thought well would you look at that. The blue is a deep blue like the sea itself, which almost looks black depending on the lighting. The dial has been kept quite simple in terms of detail and it works well. I would have even like even more simplistic look by eliminating the date window at 3 o’clock position. They did keep everything else nice and simple on the dial in terms of text.


The applied markers complement the overall look of this watch. The choice of using the vintage coloring instead of pure white really works to the advantage of this watch. Sometimes that faux aged/vintage look ends up looking forced and cheap, but it goes so well with the look and feel of this watch. The hands follow in suit with their brushed finish, bronze color and matching lume treatment. I like how the hour hand is wider than the minute hand which not only looks good but also help differentiate the hands, especially at night.


The Nessi is quite the impressive first release from PONTVS. It has the NH35A ticking away inside which timed in at +13 seconds per day during my review process. It is a well designed and executed watch. There are a lot of details on the watch that I did not expect and really surprised me. I truly believe that this watch will not disappoint if you are looking for a different take on dive style watch. The mythological essence of this watch truly encompasses the design and soul and not in a cliche way either which is a feat in itself. This watch feels solid and more importantly functional solidly. The bezel and crown are personal highlights for me. I am definitely a crown and bezel guy and these both meet & exceed my expectations.

There is really only one area for improvement on the Nessi. First the lume does it’s job but doesn’t go beyond into the flashlight quality that I know many watch enthusiasts love and expect. Another area that can possibly be improved that I can recommend are the lugs, but that’s stretching into nit picking/personal preference. Drilled lugs with screw bars would have been great to see. Not expected though for a first release and at the $390 USD price. This is a nice watch overall and I personally and professionally enjoyed it.

I want to personally thank you all for reading and as always your questions and comments are welcome below.

PONTVS Nessi is a diver watch with original design, designed and engineered in U.S.A.

Case diameter: 47mm excluding the crown – lug to lug 58mm
Movement: Seiko NH35 automatic
Case material: Blasted brass with stainless steel case back
Bezel: Blasted brass
Crown: Stainless steel screw down crown 10.5mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Dark Navy Sunray 32mm diameter Japan Super Luminova with golden rim.
Water-resistance: 200 meters / 660 feet / 20 ATM
Strap: 24mm blue leather 4.5 mm thick with tan stitching and 24mm blue camouflage rubber strap.
Buckle: Blasted brass Introduction
Price : 390.0 USD ( price incl. DHL International Shipping)



Watch Review: Achtung Classic AKA “Shockwave”

71E007F5-ABFE-4DFA-AC25-A4FE6468181DThere is a common theme that I like to revisit from time to time because of a few reasons. One reason is that I can easily relate things to my past and another reason is because it makes me happy to go back in time while reviewing time. So let’s revisit the magic of my childhood shall we? “The year 2005 and the Autobots were forced into hiding on their home planet of Cybertron by the evil Deceptions.” Well technically the years were 1984-1986, but according to the above quote that was our future. I loved Transformers and even to this day I have a soft spot for them. I had my favorites on both sides of the battle but there are certain Deceptions that were so freakin cool. A common theme in the cartoons of my era, the bad guys were always designed so much better than the good guys, even though they always lost the battles. Generation 1 Shockwave  was one of my favorite characters, along with Soundwave, Starscream, Megatron  just to name a few others.

Shockwave is the cold and calculating one that drew me into this watch that we will be looking at together today. This year, each watch I review I will be creating an art piece that is inspired by the watch and my favorite artists. This is my first art piece I drew/painted for this year. The Achtung Classic or as I like to refer to it as “Shockwave” is the watch that we will be examining. There is so many unique areas to explore on this watch, that I just stood back in awe of it to take it all in when it first arrived to my doorstep. I love when a watch is able to do that to me even after all the years of loving watches.

The “Shockwave” certainly demands attention straight out of the cyber-gate. The dial colors are what screamed to me “Deceptions we are under attack” and made me instantly think of Shockwave. There is purple, grey, blue, yellow, red, and more found throughout this dial, but it is done with a meticulous eye, so all the colors truly come together in galactic harmony. Let me start with the matte grey backdrop that sets the tone for this on this piece. I am a sucker for matte dials, not only do I think they are beautiful but I think they create the perfect backdrop, better get the perfect canvas for creating a work of act on the dial.


That is exactly what Achtung has done with the Shockwave, they immediately set the tone by choosing the grey in a matte finish. The bold shaped hands were the next apparent choice that Achtung. I am such a sucker for unique hands on a watch. The yellow seconds hand is Not only bold in color but is also bold in shape with its generous length and it’s cool/unique star shape at the end. The red and blue hour/minute hands are nice and wide with skeletonized accents. What I like about the functionality of the hands design is how the length wasn’t compromised for the width. That is a problem I have often seen in design where length is sacrificed for width and you are left with these short stubby hands.


A nice combination of different shaped applied markers can be found on the dial. In most cases I would consider a dial such as this to be too busy, but in this circumstance it works to Achtung’s advantage. What is the difference here you ask? Let me put it this way if you put this dial on a dress watch, or a pilot watch it wouldn’t work. Take this watch for what it is meant to be and the dial works. There will be negative people who will bitch , moan and criticize this dial, this watch. But let’s break that down.

A. Negative Nancy, this watch isn’t for you

B. The horse blinder viewpoint will keep a person  from experiencing life, or for my point in this review, it will keep a person from experiencing what this watch has to offer.

And before someone says it, not by any means am I forcing everyone to like this watch because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”….. Rant over, now back over to our regular scheduled program that is already in progress……………

The text is pretty much kept to a minimum on the “Shockwave”, which is Achtung done in a old school calligraphy/brush stroke style. The other printed piece of text on this dial is Automatic. Traditional date w. ndow located at the 3 o’clock position. The chapter ring is one of my personal highlights of this dial. The colors alone are quite stunning. The tachymeter is a cool feature and gave me more fuel for my Transformers fan boy mind.


The case is definitely a feature that gives this watch commanding wrist presence. It’s bold, large and looks awesome on the wrist. What really surprised me about this watch case is looking at it I did not expect it to be so comfortable on the wrist especially considering the flat case back. Since I just touched on the caseback, I will continue with that. The case back is an exhibition caseback which allows you to view the Seiko TM movement with it’s Achtung signed rotor. There are some flathead screws on the back of the case that secures the round piece of the case to the flat piece that contain the very short, angled lugs. Which gives this watch that cool instrument panel look.


The case is a unique combination of matte and polished finishes which creates a very cool contrast. The push/pull style crown is extremely easy to grip, operate for both setting the time/date and for winding. The crown is signed with an ‘A’ that matches the style/font that is found on this dial. I must admit that I had very mixed feelings about the choice of strap that this watch came on. The black shine with the yellow stitching and yellow edges had me sorta scratching my head at first. But the more time that I spent with this watch the more sense it made to me, the shine of the strap was a nice complementary detail to the polished finish on the case, as was the yellow stitching to the yellow on the hands. Though this strap would not be my first choice it certainly makes sense to me where Achtung was going with this.


This is such a unique piece and I really like it. It is fresh, well made and has so much character. I have been doing a lot of drawing lately and I have been doing a lot of anime style art. Akira has a special place in my heart and this watch has that Neo-Tokyo essence about it. Team that with the Transformers vibe and you have this watch in a flashback nut shell. I am a dive watch fan by heart, but this watch really appealed to me on a multitude of levels.


There are a few areas that I can recommend for improvement in my opinion. There are four faux screws in the corners of the watch’s base. I would like to see actual screws instead even if they aren’t holding anything together. The other area is the use of plastic for the movement holder/stabilizer. Overtime plastic becomes brittle and can begin to break apart. Some sort of a metal stabilizer would be much better especially at this price point.


If you are looking for a unique and very limited edition style watch, then look no further. This watch truly makes a statement, breaking the same old thing chains.


I want to personally thank you all for reading and as always your questions and comments are welcome below.

Thanks so much to Achtung.