I don’t often do impulse watch purchases, but when I do, they are legendary! No jokes. Helberg CH6 Special Edition was such a purchase and I couldn’t be happier about it. You can find my initial impressions in my unboxing and hands-on review. After almost 2 weeks on the wrist, I can tell you that Helberg CH6 Special Edition is an amazing timepiece to have. As a big fan of Seiko diver’s watches, it’s hard for me to find a non-Seiko affordable diver that would impress me. Seiko offers great build quality paired with in-house automatic movements at an affordable price point. It’s hard to beat but Helberg CH6 manages to do so! While the regular version of CH6 never caught my attention due to its steep price point of ~700 euro, the CH6 Special Edition is a great value for money at 476 euro. Perhaps it’s not a professional thing to say but I must admit that the price alone was enough to convince me to try out the first Helberg in my watch career.

For those who are not aware of Helberg watches, it’s a German watch company created by Clemens Helberg as a cheaper alternative to his another brand, H2O watches. While H2O is a higher quality brand which does not cut any corners when it comes to quality of their watches, Helberg is a less expensive alternative, which still provides high quality products. Both lines gave birth to numerous different models and all of them share a common trait, which is rich customization options. When you purchase a watch from Clemens Helberg, you can choose from variety of different options for each element of the watch to build your dream timepiece. For example, you can choose case material, dial colour, bezel and bezel insert, handset, flat or domed crystal and so on. It’s like a Subway sandwich of the watch world! However, such freedom of choice means that someone has to build that watch according to your specification and that’s an additional cost which in the end is paid by the customer. To counter that, Helberg decided to create a model with fixed specification at a more affordable price point. It somehow contradicts the main premise of Helberg watches but; on the other hand, it attracts new customers who wanted to try their watches but were put off by the pricing.

Packaging

Helberg CH6 Special Edition is shipped in a pelican-style plastic box filled with foam padding to protect your precious timepiece. Inside the case you will find a rather modest set consisting of watch itself, plastic warranty card, and a screwdriver. I’m quite curious actually what the screwdriver is for because the only accessible screw is on the buckle of the leather strap. You will not find anything more inside the box, there is no paperwork or manuals, which is weird to me. You can check my full unboxing review here.

Helberg CH6 Special Edition

Helberg CH6 Special Edition

Case, crown, case back, crystal, bezel

Helberg CH6 Special Edition shares the same stainless still case with the regular CH6. It’s a massive 316L barrel-shaped 45,50 by 50,50 mm case. It feels extremely well built while you hold it in your hands, you can actually believe that Helberg is true in their statement that the watch is water resistant up to 1000m. However, this outstanding build quality is burdened with weight of almost 150g, and we are talking just about the watch head here! I actually don’t mind the weight as I tend to like heavier watches but I believe it might be a difference between buying and passing on this timepiece for many people. The case finish is almost entirely brushed with only edges having high gloss polish. That’s one of the things I really enjoy about this watch – a combinations of characteristics typical for a tool watch, such as a big case, brushed finish with features you usually see on a higher spec’ed dress watches such as high polished accents or a glossy dial. I’ll go back to this later in my review.

Helberg CH6 Special Edition

Helberg CH6 Special Edition

At three o’clock you can spot an oversized screwdown crown. The crown is indeed quite big but it stays in the right proportions with the 45,5mm case. It has a distinct knurling to it, which makes operating it a breeze. At the top of the crown there is a signed Helberg logo. The crown is a pleasure to use, it unscrews and screws back down easily and requires about 5 full turns to do so. When unscrewed, the crown still feels solid as there is very little wobbling involved.

When you flip the watch over, you will immediately notice the screwdown caseback. Just by looking at it, you can say it’s going to survive a nuclear war. Jokes aside, these watches are extremely well built and fans of high engineering will definitely appreciate it. In the middle of the caseback there is an engraved Helberg logo with some basic information about the watch engraved around it. Actually, the caseback is the only place where Helberg states that the watch is 1000m water resistant. It’s worth mentioning that Helberg uses a custom screwdown system on their watches, which means you might need a special tool to open this caseback.

The dial of the Helberg CH6 Special Edition is protected by a flat sapphire crystal, which slightly protrudes from the level of the bezel. The crystal has an anti-reflecting coating on the inside, which increase legibility of the dial. In case of a regular CH6, you can choose between a flat and a double domed sapphire crystal. I’m usually a fan of domed crystals but I think on this watch it would be an overkill. It’s already 16.20mm tall with the flat sapphire crystal fitted.

Helberg CH6 Special Edition Macro

Helberg CH6 Special Edition Bezel

I mentioned it in my unboxing review and I’m going to say it here again, the bezel on this watch is one of the best I have ever played with. It’s a 120-click unidirectional bezel with beautifully machined notches, which make operating it a breeze. Inside the stainless steel bezel, there is a ceramic bezel insert with engraved marker, which are further filled with blue BGW9 superluminova. This combination look marvelous in person but you will find yourself constantly cleaning the bezel because it’s prone to fingerprints. The bezel action itself is phenomenal, clicks are precise, there is no back play at all, and the stiffness is just right. I caught myself several times on playing with the bezel when I was sitting in the office, luckily no one was watching because they would say I need help!

Dial, hands, lume

The dial on Helberg CH Special Edition has a rich deep black colour and a glossy finish, which imitates ceramics. It matches the ceramic bezel insert perfectly. Around the dial, there are 3D printed hour and minute markers. They are not flat as it may seem at the first glance! They are actually raised, even the tiny minute markers. You can see how much attention Helberg pays to the quality of their watches. The markers are printed with the C3 superluminova and they glow green when the light goes off. There is not much else going on the dial, which I like. North to 12h marker there is an applied chrome Helberg logo and below the hands axis there is also an applied and chrome Helberg logotype. I like the lack of additional printing on the dial, it makes it clean and easy to read. There is one thing I dislike about the dial however. It’s the date window at 4:30 o’clock. First of all, I’m not a big fan of date windows in diver’s watches. The second thing is that my unit has a slightly misaligned date wheel, which make the date not fitting in the middle of the window. It’s really a shame, the QC team should have spotted this issue before they sent me the watch. I could probably contact Helberg and ask them to solve this but I can’t really be bothered with sending the watch back to Germany for service. It’s not that awful because both dial and the date wheel are black but it’s one of those things that can drive you nuts once you spot it.

Helberg CH6 Special Edition Macro

Helberg CH6 Special Edition Macro

Helberg CH6 is fitted with a double swords chrome handset, which beautifully reflects light under certain angles. It goes nicely with the shiny dial and the bezel insert. It’s actually an interesting design choice because we have that large brushed tool-looking watch case paired with beautiful glossy bezel, dial and a chrome handset. It may seem weird at first but it’s starting to make a lot of sense when you spend some time with it. I definitely approve of this combination. It’s worth mentioning that the handset is filled with blue BGW9 superluminova, the same as on the bezel insert. It’s my first watch with dual lume and I think it looks great. Would you agree with me? It does not only look great but it glows really bright and long.

Helberg CH6 Special Edition Lume

Helberg CH6 Special Edition Lume

Movement

Helberg decided to use Miyota 9015 automatic movement for their CH6 model. It’s a 24 jewels movement with 28 800 BPH and 42 hours of power reserve. The accuracy of this movement is -10/+30 seconds per day according to Citizen specification; however, you can expect much better results. My unit runs at about +7s per day.

Strap and wearability

Herlberg CH6 Special Edition comes on a 24mm wide black Horween leather strap. The strap is extremely comfortable on the wrist from the very first time you put it on. I also like the stitching pattern on it, it feels really unique. If you plan to use this watch for water activities, you should consider replacing the leather strap with a mesh bracelet or an Isofrane strap, both will me a killer combo!

The watch wears really well on the wrist despite the oversized case and quite a heavy weight. The strap which comes with the package does a great job of keeping the watch head secured on your wrist. Even the oversized crown does not negatively impact the wearability, since it does not dig into your wrist. On my 7,5 inch wrist, Helberg CH6 Special Edition feels at home.

Helberg CH6 Special Edition

Helberg CH6 Special Edition

Conclusions

At sub 500 euro you cannot go wrong with Helberg CH6 Special Edition. If you have always wanted to try this brand but the price put you off, go try it now. It’s an extremely well built watch, which oozes quality. The unusual combination of industrial design with luxury elements such as ceramic insert or glossy dial make a unique combination, which does not only look good but it also feels good. Helberg CH6 Special Edition, has no weak points in my books with an exception of the misaligned date wheel, which is probably just my bad luck. For your hard earned money you get a taste of famous German engineering paired with Japanese automatic Miyota 9015 movement. It’s a combination I could not resist and you shouldn’t either.

PROS:
– Great built quality
– 1000m water resistance
– Ceramic engraved bezel insert
– High glossy black dial
– Dual lume
– Miyota 9015
– Affordable price point

CONS:
– Misaligned date wheel on my unit
– The lack of additional accessories in the package (i.e. a rubber strap or mesh bracelet)

7.0 Good

At sub 500 euro you cannot go wrong with Helberg CH6 Special Edition. If you have always wanted to try this brand but the price put you off, go try it now. It’s an extremely well built watch, which oozes quality. The unusual combination of industrial design with luxury elements such as ceramic insert or glossy dial make a unique combination, which does not only look good but it also feels good. Helberg CH6 Special Edition, has no weak points in my books with an exception of the misaligned date wheel, which is probably just my bad luck. For your hard earned money you get a taste of famous German engineering paired with Japanese automatic Miyota 9015 movement. It’s a combination I could not resist and you shouldn’t either.

  • Design 7
  • Quality 7
  • Value 7
  • User Ratings (2 Votes) 9.3
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