Halios Seaforth Review
In a world of watches that cost more than my house, tourbillons, and fully sapphire cases, it might be surprising that one of the most exciting watches to come out this year is a $675 dive watch from a one-man-show up in Canada. We’ve talked about Halios before here on GearZeit (read that here), and it’s no secret that we’re a big fan of the brand. When Halios first started to tease the Seaforth model, I knew it was a piece I was going to have to buy, and after my time with it, I think it’s a piece you’ll need to buy as well.
Case & Fit
The Seaforth is a nice 41mm across, with a 47mm lug to lug, and only 12mm thick, allowing it to wear nicely on almost any size wrist. The case has a lot of vintage personality with its angular lugs, and big boxed sapphire crystal (in fact, a lot of that 12mm thickness is just crystal). As someone who loves dive watches, but has dainty wrists, I’ve really enjoyed the size of the Seaforth.
The case, aside from a small polished accent on the lugs, is fully brushed steel, with a mostly plain steel case back inscribed with “Automatic, Seaforth, 200m/600ft”. No frills there. And of course at the 3 o’clock position, you’ve got the nicely sized crown flanked by the crown guards. It’s impressive how much style and personality that Halios was able to put into this watch at its price point. Generally, you can see some form of inspiration, especially with Micro-brand dive watches, but this design is pure Halios.
The Seaforth is powered by the Miyota 90S5. Most of you will be familiar with its cousin, the Miyota 9015. From my understanding, the 90S5 is essentially the 9015, except it has no date function, and therefore doesn’t have the “phantom date position” on the crown. While I typically like the function of a date, I’m a fan of the aesthetics of this watch without it.
Timekeeping so far has been solid, I haven’t noticed any irregularities, as is to be expected with a solid Miyota movement. The one thing that always bothers me with Miyota movements though, is how noisy they are. It’s certainly not a deal breaker for me, but something I figured was worth mentioning.
I’ve read many people complaining about Halios not using ETA movements, but if Miyota keeps the prices where they are, I’m absolutely fine with it.
Dial, Crystal & Bezel
This is where the Seaforth gets really interesting. For this model, buyers had a lot of ways they could customize their watch. For Series I, buyers had the option of 4 dial colors (Black, black gilt, blue sunburst, and pastel blue), and 4 bezel styles (rotating sapphire, rotating dive, rotating 12 hour, and fixed). It’s been interesting to see the combinations that everyone has gone with, and how each different combination makes for a unique watch. For mine, I opted for the pastel blue dial with a rotating 12 hour bezel.
The pastel blue color is absolutely beautiful, and I knew it was the one the first time I saw Halios tease it on Instagram. This color in particular is fairly unique in watches, the only other company I’ve seen do something similar was Doxa with their Project Aware series. The shade of blue can be anywhere from a bright blue, to a dull greyish blue depending on light. All the markers are applied and in the case of pastel blue, are DLC coated along with the hands to add more contrast.
As I mentioned earlier, the crystal is a nice, boxed sapphire. I like this touch a lot, and the vintage vibes that it adds to the watch design. Finally, the 12 hour bezel is functional and nicely executed. The bezel action is satisfying and clicky, and is all around solid.
Included with the Seaforth are two leather straps, both branded with Halios markings under the buckle and on the back side of the straps. While I like the look of these straps, I haven’t used them much as I found them to be stiff and slightly uncomfortable. I’ve instead been wearing this watch on a Nato strap most of the time, and have found it to be a perfect fit.
It’s very impressive how nice of a watch Halios was able to create for only $675, and frankly, I think he could have asked double and it still would have been fair. While Series I is out of stock, Series II of the Seaforth is coming late fall along with some new dial colors and a date function. Keep an eye on Halios’ website and Instagram if you’re gunning for one.