Helson Shark Diver Mini-Review & Photos

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Helson Shark Diver Mini-Review & Photos

Post by DEMO » Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:58 am

Helson Shark Diver

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The Helson Shark Diver arrived a few weeks ago. I ordered the PVD version with black dial and orange lume. Talk about high visibility, the orange lume really pops against the all black watch. There is a high "coolness" factor on this one and a good bang for the buck. This case and bezel are different from the case and bezel currently used by Deep Blue and Wilson Watch. This is a BIG watch. I would equate the size to the Zinex Trimix. For you guys that like them big, this watch is hefty. Actual dimensions are: 45mm diameter (without crown), 18mm thick, 54mm lug to lug length, 24mm lug width, 33mm dial diameter. These are Asian manufactured watches out of Hong Kong.

Overall fit and finish is nice and the machining is well done. The bezel action is firm and positive in it's click action with no back play, again I would compare it to the bezel feel of the Trimix. The bezel does have 90 clicks which is a little puzzling. The case back contour reminds me of the work done by Fricker. There is also a very cool shark and diver graphic etched in the case back. The mesh bracelet is of high quality, it is the same bracelet that originated on the Zinex Trimix and Heliox.

The lume on this watch is outstanding. You lume guys will love this one. The lume is evenly applied and thick, making for very bright and long lasting lume. Helson did a nice touch with the hands on this watch. They have a very fine blasted finish which gives them a very nice frosted look that works well with the black dial and orange lume.

The packaging on this watch is not memorable. Maybe it is because I have been influenced by the packaging and accessories that you get from watch companies like Benarus, Deep Blue and Halios in this same price range. The Helson package is a generic two sided zippered travel case with a snap pouch. There are spaces for two extra bands and a screwdriver, but they are not included.

Dealing With Peter Helson was a pleasure. He answered emails promptly and FedEx shipping was 2 days from Hong Kong. Overall, this is a great watch for the price. A robust, quality case design with a highly legible dial. IMO, the Helson Shark Diver is a great new contendor in todays dive watch market.

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Post by vegaban » Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:20 am

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The pics are awesome, as always, and the watch is :bird: ...Congrats.
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Post by patstarrx » Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:30 am

Great review and pics as always Demo

Ive been looking at the same model. PVD and orange is an awesome combo.
I agree "Great bang for the buck" :thumbsup:

Nice touch with the mesh bracelet, and the caseback ROCKS :love:
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Post by makai8o8 » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:40 am

Awesome review/pics Dave. I really like the contrast on this piece & the black mesh makes for a perfect combo. :thumbsup:

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Post by force_quit » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:51 am

Nice review and awesome photos.

There are a bunch of these 2000m divers popping up, I'd love to get them all to try out but have to pick and choose.

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Post by cali kid » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:56 am

Awesome review and pics! sweet watch! :clap:
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Post by 425ranger » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:56 am

I'm thinking the Blue / blue one for me.....
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Post by andrema » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:57 am

force_quit wrote:Nice review and awesome photos.

There are a bunch of these 2000m divers popping up, I'd love to get them all to try out but have to pick and choose.
Seriously!! Everytime that you turn around, there is another microbrand with one! It makes me hesitate...
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Post by DEMO » Tue Dec 08, 2009 12:10 pm

Thanks guys. I posted this same thread on the "old" forum but it was deleted. :rolleyes: So I thought I'd post it back up here for you guys.

There are a lot of Asian manufactured micro brands these days and it's tough to pic and choose the ones that you like best. IMO the Helson turned out to be one of the better ones. Yesterday I received the new Deep Blue 2000 Master Diver. I'll be posting up some new shots and a review by the weekend.

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Post by deepcdvr » Tue Dec 08, 2009 12:13 pm

Thanks, Demo! Great pics, of course, as always..

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Post by twostirish222 » Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:53 pm

Wow!!! I am in love with this watch. :gayumbrella:

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Post by manitoujoe » Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:55 pm

So tempted!!
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Post by aikiman44 » Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:21 pm

Another cool black and orange diver. :thumbsup:
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Post by WatchNoob » Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:16 pm

Thanks for the nice review and great pics. I stumbled upon these guys a few weeks back myself and stopped to take a look. Great looking Diver your got, that color combo really rocks. Congrats on a nice pickup. :cheers:

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Post by bigolac » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:40 pm

That orange is killer - do you have a lume shot you could share?
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Post by KWIATEK » Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:11 pm

:scratch: I missed this in December :shrug: Anyway...
Nice review. I like the bright contrast-- the orange really is :shock: a bit bright. Nice and hefty too, but a wee bit too much.. by 2mm on the lug to lug length (for me, that is--damn small wrists!). The case back is kinda neat with all the sharks. All in all, not a bad watch :thumbsup:
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Post by meta4ick » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:28 am

Musta missed this one. Great pics, btw. Pretty cool watch, even down to the caseback. A little too big for me but sometimes that's a good thing.

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Post by rafy11 » Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:00 am

I like this watch too much.... Thanks for your review and top class photos ;)

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Post by gwells » Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:19 am

this is a seven year old review. wtf with all the necro "thanks for the review" posts?

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Jeep99dad wrote:Building up post count ? :)


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