Helm Vanuatu Version 4
It is quite rare for a brand to not only update and improve on their watch, but also drop the price significantly as well. That is the case with the Helm Vanuatu Version 4. As I dicuss in the video above, almost 3 years ago, I reviewed the original version of the Vanuatu. I had a quite a few issues and stated that if they were rectified, that it would be a fantastic watch. Helm did just that, and dropped the price from $350 to $275. Not only are you getting a better watch than the first version, but you are getting it at $75.00 off. For the most part, the watch is unchanged in look, with the exception of the black border around the hour and minute hand. The size is still 43mm, it still uses a Seiko NH35 automatic movement, sapphire crystal and a super engineer style bracelet with a custom Helm buckle. Everything is just refined more. The case back engraving, once sharp to the touch, and just somewhat rough in general, is now nice and smooth. Same with the bracelet. The lume has been greatly improved from that very first sample, and the bezel turns precisely and without any play whatsoever.
Keep in mind, these issues were mostly rectified in version 2 of the Helm Vanuatu, about 2 years ago. This is just the first time I have been able to see the latest in hand. Helm only has 2 models so far, the Vanuatu and the Khuraburi, which I also reviewed here recently. Both are excellent watches for the money and I can see why so many own both. I am hoping they are working on a third model, and if the aforementioned models are any indication, it will not only be good quality, but also another great value. Make sure to watch the video above, and check out the gallery below for some shots I took of the Helm Vanuatu Version 4.