Unlike many other dive watch companies, Halios specialise in designing most components (excluding the movement) from scratch and having them custom made, rather than putting their watches together from catalogue part cases, dials, hands and bracelets.
Dealing with Halios was a breeze. My before-sales emails were answered swiftly and politely by Jason Lim and as soon as I placed my order, I had an email back from Jason telling me to expect an email from Canada Post confirming my tracking number later, which arrived as promised. The watch arrived in London very swiftly just before Christmas but 'got stuck' in customs for about 2 weeks, which felt like 2 years! As soon as I could, I was off to Parcel Force to collect.
To fast forward a little and to confirm how good Halios / Jason is to deal with - my watch was loosing about 30 seconds when it first arrived. I emailed Jason regarding this and got an immediate response, he was very apologetic and suggested that if I knew a watchmaker, take it to him for a regulation and send the bill to Jason. So off it went to Roy and is now running spot on, and it certainly saved the hassle and time of sending the watch back to Canada. So great service from both Halios and Roy (as usual)
The Laguna arrives in a lovely wooden presentation box which is packed with an Isofrene rubber strap, strap changing tools and the watch itself on it's s/s bracelet (which I've taken 4 links of for it to loosely fit my 7.5 inch wrist).
So, the science bit:
- Size: 43mm width, 49mm lug-to-lug, 14.5mm thickness
- Scratch-resistant 4mm sapphire crystal
- ETA 2824-2 automatic movement
- Internal rotating bezel operated by non-screwdown, bi-directional crown at 2 o’clock
- 500M water-resistance
- C3 Superluminova-coated hands, dial and bezel markers for optimal low-light visibility
My only negatives are around the bracelet and in particular the clasp. The clasp is a simple 'flap-over' type and has a rather sharp edge which makes undoing it a bit painful! I'd have preferred the button-clasp type. The only other niggle is that it can be very easy to get the links to fold the wrong way on themselves and once they have, its quite tough to get them back the right way. I've described all of that dreadfully but I know what I mean!