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Just came across this and I like it so I figured I would share with my fellow freeks.

http://helmwatches.com/



VANUATU

Featuring a 316L stainless steel case and bracelet, automatic movement, screw-down caseback and crown,* sapphire crystal, unidirectional bezel and 300 meter depth rating, the ISO 6425 compliant HELM* Vanuatu epitomizes rugged functionality.

SPECIFICATIONS:

CASE*
Brushed 316L Stainless Steel*
Integrated Crown Guards
Screw Down Caseback*Diameter (12H to 6H):* 42 mmDiameter (9H to 3H):* 44 mmLug to Lug:* 50 mmLug Width: 22 mm
Height:* 14 mm
CROWNBrushed 316L Stainless SteelScrew DownPosition:* 3 o'clockDiameter:* 8 mm

MOVEMENT**
Seiko Instruments NH35 (Automatic Mechanical)*
Hacking and Manual Winding FunctionsAccuracy:* -25 ~ +35 seconds/day
Beats Per Hour:* 21,600
24 JewelsPower Reserve:* 40 Hours

DIAL & HANDSDial:* Matte Black with Luminescent Hour Markers * * (white body color with blue light emission)
Hands:* Luminescent** * * * * *** * ************************************************ (white body color with blue light emission)
Date Window:* 6 o'clock

BEZEL316L Stainless SteelStainless Steel Insert with Black PVD Coating
Markings:* White Oil + Luminescent (at 5 minute marks)120-Click, Unidirectional Rotation

CRYSTAL*Flat Sapphire with Internal Anti-Reflective Coating
BANDStainless Steel Bracelet with Brushed Finish * * * * * * * * * * (22 mm Tapers to 20 mm at Clasp)Stainless Steel Folding Clasp with Brushed Finish*
NS1 Nylon Strap with Brushed Stainless Steel Buckle**** and Keeper Rings

WATER RESISTANCE
300 m / 30 atm / 990 ft*
Tested in accordance with ISO 6425:1996

US$350.00*+ US$45 Shipping World Wide

AVAILABLE SOON

Anticipated in-stock date:* September 15, 2015
 

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What I like:
- Glycine Combatesque Dial
- Kobold vibe
- Classic mil-dive style (I don't have a mil-dive style watch in the collection)
- Handset is a break from the norm.
- Size. Large 44 case but that L2L is fairly short @ 50mm considering the case size.
- 6 o'clock date is always nice and neat.
- Blacked out branding gives the dial a nice sterile feel without sacrificing their brand. (I actually like branding especially if I like the logo and I do like their simple H icon)
- And that PRICE!

Even comes with a bracelet and NATO if I'm reading it right.

I'm definitely keeping tabs on this one. Just wish there was more info on the company/owner(s).

Now, if I could figure out how to pronounce the name of the watch.
 

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It's a rendering so hard to really tell if those are applied indices. My guess would be no though. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

What I really like is the fact that I do have reserves in the ole watch fund already to cover this. Hehe.
 

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Thanks for sharing. Can't find something I don't like for that price. I have no room for another black dial with black bezel but I'd love to see if they come up with different color schemes. Thanks for sharing. Another example of why I love being here. We learn something almost every day.
 
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Great find! Lots of things to love with this watch, especially the price. I wonder if that's only the intro/pre-order price though.

By the way, the name is pronounced "Va-noo-wah-too". :)
 
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I like the hands, markers, and date at 6. Looks like a solid contender. Hope they'll post some prototype pics and more info. on possible color options.
 

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I really like the hand set and dial.

The movement could be better, and I don't like the bezel being PVD'd.
Really no PVD bezel? I don't mind it. Not as nice as a sapphire or ceramic bezel, but I'll take a SS PVD coated bezel over a standard aluminum insert any day.

My Cave Dweller and Magrette MPP both have SS PVD bezels and are built extremely well.
 

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This looks great. Simple and solid, nothing overwhelming, just a great looking tool. Nice touch there with the dots of same color as the second hand. Gives it a nice balance. I can see why it would make some "yawn" that are used to some amazing pieces in their collection. This is more of a every day piece than a wow piece, to me but still love everything about it while is not for me.
 
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