Things are running hard and fast at Halios Watches, who recently teased designs for three upcoming models to be released in 2013. The new models span a smaller diver piece called the Tropik; its bronze-cased sibling the Tropik B; and a larger and more serious diver called the Delfin.
This is a big step forward for Halios as they have often produced and launched only a single model at a time (the Laguna was their first watch to see non-limited edition production). These new models look really appealing and all seem to continue Halios' love for less-is-more dial aesthetics matched with practical sport watch design elements.
The steel Tropik should be available this coming summer and features a 41mm stainless steel case, a ceramic unidirectional bezel and a domed sapphire crystal with internal AR treatment. Halios is describing the Tropik as their thinnest and dressiest watch to-date and this 300m diver certainly looks really good in the renders and the case prototype shown above. Timekeeping is managed by a Miyota 9015 automatic movement which allows Halios to continue to produce watches firmly in the sub $1000 price range.
The Swatch Group's recent move to limit the flow of ETA movements into the wild means that prices are climbing quickly and leaving value-conscious brands like Halios scrambling to find suitable replacements for the ubiquitous ETA 2824. Luckily, the Miyota 9015 has proven itself over the past few years to be a reliable, capable and trustworthy peer to the 2824. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Tropik proves to be one of Halios' best selling watches as the combination of a 41mm case, lovely and simple dial design and a ceramic bezel makes the Tropik a very appealing package. With a price point between $600 and $700, the Tropik will offer a distinctive option to a world of buyers used to seeing larger and more toolish designs fill their favorite dive watch forums.
Next in the Halios 2013 trilogy is the Tropik B which features the same 41mm case and 48mm lug-to-lug length as the Tropik, but the stainless steel case has been traded for one made of bronze (case sample seen above). The bezel is fixed and does not rotate but the water resistance is still a dive ready 300m. The bronze used in the Tropik B is an aluminum nickle variant which Halios chose for its sea water durability and they note that the surface will still develop the patina that makes bronze divers so appealing. The crown and case back are fashioned from 316L stainless steel. Like the steel Tropik, the Tropik B is powered by a Miyota 9015 movement offering three-hand time and a date display.
Pre-orders are open now and buyers will have a choice of three dial colors (tobacco brown, olive green and brushed grey). The Tropik B will be sold directly through Halios' website for $675 and has a projected shipping window of spring/summer 2013.
The final model teased by Halios is the Delfin, a 44mm wide 500m diver which appears to be a model meant to exhibit much of the Puck's charm while offering a more wrist friendly footprint (hat tip to a lug-to-lug length of 49mm). The Delfin will come fitted with a sapphire unidirectional dive bezel and a double domed sapphire crystal with an internal anti-reflective treatment. The Delfin will also rely on the Miyota 9015 movement for timekeeping but otherwise shares little in common with the Tropik and Tropik B.
I think Halios has done a great job on their 2013 lineup and the three new models should offer something of interest to most dive watch fans. For anyone looking to get one of the new Halios models on their wrist, I'm afraid patience is the name of the game as the Tropik and Tropik B are slated for summer release and the Delfin should be available in the later half of 2013. halioswatches.com