Just got this in today. Decided not to mess with the bracelet at all and just put it on the Haveston Carrier. This just strike me as more of a NATO watch anyway, so it'll live on either the Haveston or one of my many Toxics.
First impressions are pretty positive. This is my first Helson, and I know they had a good following. Now I understand why.
Polishing and brushing appear decent. Brushing is very lightly done, leaving the stainless an almost "mat / grained" finish which I like. Dial is clean with no dust or anything suggesting shoddy workmanship. Lume is strong and evenly applied. Bezel action is "deliberate". I wouldn't say "tight" necessarily, but the click spring is strong. There is zero backlash and the detents are clearly defined. The prominent bezel teeth (well, at least more prominent than those found on authentic SM300's or even more closely designed homages such as the PRS-14 and Estoril) make turning the bezel not an issue. I actually think this might be a reason Helson specified such as strong click spring. With these grippy bezel teeth, a weaker spring could allow for accidental bezel movement.
For about $675 delivered, along with spare shoulderless spring bars and a tropic style strap, I think it was a pretty good deal.