Tuesday, October 20, 2015

HELM Vanuatu 300m Automatic Watch

Hong Kong based watch brand HELM presents Vanuatu, an exceptional automatic diving watch dedicated for scuba diving enthusiasts. Dressed in a solid stainless case, Vanuatu houses the Seiko Instruments NH35 mechanical automatic movement that delivers 40 hours of power reserve when fully winded. This movement can also be wound manually by unscrewing the crown at 3’o clock.
This rugged and reliable timekeeper offers water resistance to 300 meters and fully compliant to the ISO 6425 specifications for diving watches. Every Vanuatu 300m Automatic Watch is tested in water at 37.5 bar (125% of the 30 bar depth rating).
It comes fully loaded with other typical specifications of diving watches such as screw-down caseback and crown, scratch resistant sapphire crystal front glass, and stainless steel, 120 clicks unidirectional bezel with black PVD coating and luminous markings. The unidirectional bezel, which rotates only in counter clockwise direction is used to measure elapsed time during diving.
The 316L stainless steel case with brushed finish measures 42 mm diameter and 15 mm thickness. The dial in Matte Black finish features luminescent hour markers and hands in off-white colour with blue afterglow. A window at 6’o clock displays date.
The HELM Vanuatu comes fitted with a Stainless Steel Bracelet. Also included with the watch is a durable S1 Nylon Strap.
Price for the Vanuatu automatic diving watch is US$350 + US$30 shipping worldwide. The watch can be ordered by visiting the HELM watches website.
Technical details
Model: HELM Vanuatu 300m Automatic Watch

Case
Brushed 316L Stainless Steel
Integrated Crown Guards
Screw down caseback
Diameter (12H to 6H):  42 mm
Diameter (9H to 3H, with crown):  45.75 mm
Lug to Lug:  50 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Height:  14 mm
Crown: Screw Down crown, Brushed 316L Stainless Steel, Position:  3 o'clock’, Diameter:  8 mm
Bezel: 316L Stainless Steel, Diameter:  43 mm, Stainless 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
Water resistance: 300 m / 30 atm / 990 ft (Tested in accordance with ISO 6425:1996)


Movement
Seiko Instruments NH35 (Automatic Mechanical)
Hacking and Manual Winding Functions
Accuracy:  -25 ~ +35 seconds/day
Beats Per Hour:  21,600
24 Jewels
Power Reserve:  40 Hours

Dial & Hands
Dial:  Matte Black with Luminescent Hour Markers (off-white body color with blue afterglow)
Hands:  Luminescent Hour, Minute & Second Hands (off-white body color with blue afterglow)
Date Window:  6 o'clock

Strap
Stainless Steel Bracelet and Folding Clasp with Brushed Finish (22 mm Bracelet Tapers to 20 mm at Clasp)
NS1 Nylon Strap with Brushed Stainless Steel Buckle and Keeper Rings

Weight
With Stainless Bracelet (full length):  225 grams
With NS1 Nylon Strap:  120 grams

Accessories
The LS1 Leather Strap and LS2 Leather Strap pictured at left are available separately, and at a discount when purchased with a watch.

Retail price
US$350 + US$30 shipping worldwide

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