Today we are taking a loot at Ellio O from Gaxs watches. About 3 years ago we already looked at one of their models called VD, but they don’t make it anymore and instead, they concentrated on more minimal watches. I reached out to them to take a look at one of they’re newer models. The company is called Gaxs Watches and they are based in Sweden. They are making watches since 2012. The company is all about simplicity.
The watch came in the same rectangular black cardboard box with Gaxs branding. And inside lies the watch. The first impressions were that it got a bit lighter than the old one that I reviewed. And also the dimensions have changed to a bit slimmer case. I liked the colour of the dial. It has this stealthy look to it.
The case is made from 316L stainless steel and it has matte finishing with black PVD coating. The diameter is 40mm, the thickness is 8,3mm, lug tip to lug tip is 47,5mm and the lug width is 20mm. The case has round shape with this small lugs. Overall I like the size of the watch, it wears really good and for everyday fashion watch, it does its job well. The stealthy theme from the dial also goes to the case with that black PVD coating. The coating is good quality. There aren’t any discolorations or any defects. The bezel is slightly angled, and that is done so you don’t scratch it that easily. At 3 o’clock we have a very small push/pull crown. Despite the very small size, it is really easy to operate. The case back is screw down and is also coated with the black PVD coating. Take in the note that the black finishing on the case back will rub off after couple years of using the watch. Usually, companies leave it in steel colour, so I don’t know why Gaxs did this. On the case back we have some specifications and logo engraved. On the top of the dial sits a flat hardened mineral crystal. The water resistance is 5 ATM (50M).
The dial is really cool in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, still like classic designs of proper watches, but I also appreciate fashion watches and the dial on this one got me, although I would like a different case style. I like the colour of the dial. It is this matte dark grey, and everything is in this colour: dial, applied markers, the rectangular hands and the logo at 6 o’clock and overall it looks really good. Of course, the usability is sacrificed to good looks. As you can’t see a damn thing in different angles, everything just blends together, so you need to look at the watch for some time to see the time. But this is fashion watch, so the “hipsters” who will be wearing this watch aren’t that concerned about exact time or looking at the watch at all to know the time.
The movement inside is another quartz workhorse from Japan. Nothing needs to be said more, as Japan is one of the best quartz movement makers. The battery life on this will be somewhere between 2-3 years. And now finally we come to the strap. It seems that through years they could not make the strap softer. The last watch I revieved 3 years ago had the same canvas strap, but in different colour. And my only complaint was that it is very stiff. And the same goes for this one. The strap is good quality canvas, leather underlining, good stiching, but it is just too stiff. It is really hard to put the watch on the wrist. And after week of using the watch I still can’t break in the strap. I would suggest you to change the strap for leather one.
Overall it is nice looking fashion watch. I like the simplicity and how minimal and stealthy it looks. The dial is probably the favourite thing about this partcular watch. The downsides of course are the hard visibility of the dial in certain angles and that canvas strap, but the price is good. The watch in looks is far more better than MVMT and costs a lot less and has better quality too. I gave the old Gaxs I had in for a review to my friends little brother and he still wears it and nothing happened to it and it goes strong! So if you are looking for a cheap, good quality fashion watch, this one or the others from the Gaxs cataloguehttps://www.gaxswatches.com/collections/products are the ones to buy!
- Size: 40 mm
- Thickness: 8 mm
- Case material: Stainless steel 316L
- Case colour: Matt black
- Strap: Grey canvas
- Strap width: 20 mm
- Movement: Quartz movement
- Water resistant: 5 atm