Before the Zelos Mako was launched, I would have said that the Seiko SKX was the best value per dollar in an all-purpose mechanical watch. But if you need to mod your SKX to get the features and look you want, then the Mako is the perfect alternative. Right out of the box, you get a Sellita SW200 movement, a high-beat Swiss movement that hacks and hand winds, a double-domed sapphire crystal, a dial with applied markers, and impeccable fit and finish (including a perfectly aligned chapter ring!) At 40 mm in diameter, the case is in the sweet spot size wise. The case design has very nice details, most notably the straight cross-members between the lugs, creating a nice integration with the strap. The polished beveled edges on the lugs provide a subtle, yet crisp contrast to the brushed surfaces on the remainder of the case, and tie elegantly with the bevel on the bezel (bevel on the bezel :D). The V2 Mako case improves on the V1 by a tiny bit of machining to accommodate a larger, grippier crown. Then there's the dial: Zelos dials crush the competition in terms of pure creativity, detail and quality. Not to be content with printed indices, Zelos dials feature applied details that rise from the dial surface, and add tons of visual interest. Another thing I love is that the date wheel background color integrates with the dial color. Speaking of dial color, this model features the debut of a PVD bronze faux brushed finished. Very cool looking on its own, and I'm looking forward to the overall effect when the case patinas to blend with the dial--hopefully, the eventual effect will be a solid chunk of bronze on my wrist with the rose gold hands and markers, and lume popping off of the surface. Regardless of the colorway you choose (this is my fifth Mako), you are not likely to tire of the timeless style embodied in this awesome watch. Suck on that, Seiko!