Helson Gauge Bronze Watch Review

Helson Gauge Bronze Watch Review

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Helson is one of those brands that I've often viewed from afar - I've been well aware of them and the love their products have gotten from various watch forums. I say from afar, as I've not had the chance to review any of their seemingly excellent lineup. Today, though, we'll kill two birds with one stone - I've got my first hands-on review of a Helson model, and it also happens to be the first bronze watch I've had on my wrist this year.

Now, if you're even passingly familiar with the Helson lineup, you know that they've created some serious dive watches (as an aside, the dive watch category has a lot of options if you're perusing the micro brands, as it's a popular segment for them to jump into), and the Gauge Bronze is no exception. If you were planning to dive with the watch, you'll be glad to know that it features an automatic helium escape valve and a 1000m water resistance rating, and one of the two straps it comes with is a natural rubber one.

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Then again, if you're familiar with bronze (CuSn8 in this case), you might be thinking you'd not want to get it anywhere near a large body of water, given the fact that the bronze will oxidize with the water (be it pool, lake, or ocean). Frankly, I say go for it. With a bronze watch, the patina and oxidation that develops is part and parcel of the character of the watch, and truly helps you to make the watch your own. I myself didn't get into the water with it at all, but I did see some patina developing just from my own skin chemistry and sweat (the humid Chicago summer probably helped a bit as well). Just bear in mind that you'll likely end up with some green on your wrists (but it washes off easily).

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Whether you're going to go diving or not, you can probably guess that a watch rated for 1000m is not going to be a slimline that you tuck under your dress shirt. The 47mm case does reach a height of 17.6mm, plus there's the highly domed (and 4mm thick) sapphire crystal. Looking at that spec on paper, that was one of my biggest concerns going into the review. Once I had the watch strapped on however, the concerns were definitely allayed. Make no mistake - this is a thick watch. But if you've spent any time around steel divers as of late, the Gauge is well within the range of what you're used to.

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14 comments
egznyc
egznyc

I'm really surprised they're selling this piece as a diver.  While it does have amazing water resistance, that's about the only reason it could be sold as a diver (albeit a very good reason).  Otherwise, this watch has (almost) all the makings of a pilot watch:  lack of a rotating bezel, large sized face, good lume (true for a diver, too), and most tellingly, minute markings for every five minutes, in lieu of hour markers.  The only thing missing is a bit more lume on the seconds hand.  A very handsome piece in any event -- though definitely not something you could fit under a dress shirt!

D S Vilhena
D S Vilhena

Does anyone have actually tried to dive with a Helson? Asking because I read about some flooding in their watches.

mch2469
mch2469

I really like this design ... Great looking and I bet the patina will look great on it... the combo of the brown dial and bronze does work so well... better than the 382


And it has a look of a depth gauge and Diver... Nice

Shawnnny
Shawnnny

No bronze stem! That's a big deal breaker! And the brown dial has to go. I like brown as a color, but it doesn't work here. It makes the case look brown. Green to match the strap would look good. Other then that, I like the watch.

superunborn
superunborn

Sallright. It doesn't look like the typical divers watch but still looks like a diver.Has a few things going for it.


Zeitblom
Zeitblom

I never understood the bronze diver thing.... until now. It looks great [on leather of course].

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I like a lot of the stuff Helson puts out.  They're very manly watches and this is a good example.  It looks great on the leather strap.  The synthetic ones look too puny to do it justice.

Shawnnny
Shawnnny

Oh, I have to say that the Maratac looking stem at 4 is nice. But, it would be nice to have a groove cut around it to make it easier to pull out. And of course, it should be bronze. Did I say that already?

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@CastenRiepling Well, CuSn8 is bronze. Brass is copper and zinc (as opposed to copper and tin in bronze). Both have been used in watch cases. Cheers.