After effectively financing its first assortment through Kickstarter , Baltic Watches has figured out how to stand the trial of time and to endure this debut arrangement of watches. Shockingly better, the little idea turned into a brand and has begun to grow its assortment – and there are a lot more watches to come (yet we can’t advise you yet…) Today, we take a gander at what Etienne Malec has made as his subsequent model, an incredible looking, still available, straightforward apparatus dive watch with vintage motivation; the Baltic Aquascaphe Diver.
Baltic Watches is the brainchild of Etienne Malec, a youthful Frenchman who has acquired his dad’s enthusiasm for watches – something he imparted to us effectively, a few years prior . A devoted gatherer, his dad went through years assembling an assortment of outstanding watches, some of which have inspired the plans of Baltic’s initial two models. Tragically however, Etienne’s dad died when Etienne was still very youthful thus they were always unable to really share this enthusiasm together.
The making of Baltic Watches was a path for Etienne to honor his dad and to satisfy his enthusiasm for watches – realizing him very well, I can tell that he is more than passionate… The primary assortment, with the HMS and Bi-Compax, was inspired by 1940s Calatrava-formed watches, with a touch of Omega or steel Patek plan components. The mission was a triumph and the story proceeded with well after this crowdfunding interaction was finished. It was the ideal opportunity for Etienne to begin the second step of his brand’s story… And it is named the Baltic Aquascaphe Diver.
Case and design
Just like the debut assortment, the Baltic Aquascaphe Diver doesn’t conceal its vintage motivation. It has clear references to probably the best early dive watches – think Fifty Fathoms or Submariner – however it figures out how to have its very own personality. Etienne, as a prepared gatherer, is more than acquainted with the codes of vintage-inspired watches yet additionally realizes that most watch devotees can’t really access these renowned, pursued models. Baltic is here to give the taste, without the costly bill.
The Baltic Aquascaphe Diver has all the components of a straightforward, instrumental dive watch of the 1950s: a hearty case made of brushed steel; a larger than usual screw-down crown without crown monitors; bored drags; a coin-edge bezel; restricted writing on the dial; a basic scale on the bezel’s embed bringing about a cool-looking piece.
The instance of the Baltic Aquascaphe is a strong square of steel, altogether brushed, with a sensible 39mm distance across – an exemplary size for vintage divers – and 47mm carry to-haul. The hauls are very stretched however the comfort, even on a more modest wrist like mine (16.5cm) is incredible. I’ve been wearing this watch consistently for as long as month and it has consistently been comfortable. The crown is huge and simple to control. The case isn’t excessively thick, at 12mm, and is water-impervious to 200m. The caseback is plain and embellished with waves and a scuba diver.
On top of the case sits a huge, simple to-pivot bezel. It highlights 120 ticks and feels unequivocally connected to the case. The coin-edge profile is a decent touch, again truly important. The bezel embed is first rate made of cleaned sapphire with numerals imprinted on the interior surface. In addition to the fact that it provides an extraordinary feeling of profundity increases the value of the watch. This is combined with a domed sapphire precious stone, which is deliberately reflective… Nice to take a gander at, hard to photograph.
All in all, the nature of the Baltic Aquascaphe is impressive… Everything feels strong, composed and very much planned – particularly thinking about the cost, far beneath EUR 1K. Extents are, as far as I might be concerned, just wonderful with regards to a vintage-inspired diver.
As for the remainder of the watch, the dial of the Baltic Aquascaphe is obviously inspired by vintage dive watches. For this review, we had two of the three renditions with us, the Blue Gilt model and the Black Cream. Note that a third model is accessible, named Black and Silver, with a grained dark dial and brilliant white markers and lume, bringing about a somewhat more specialized look.
The dial of the Aquascaphe depends on a multi-layer, sandwich-like design, again showing extraordinary meticulousness. The three-sided markers are recessed, with the radiant material showing up under. The other hour markers are painted on the dial in beige iridescent material – on the two watches we have here. The cudgel hour and moment hands have a coordinating tone and end with a bolt tip. A candy seconds hand completes the vintage look of the watch. The 12 numeral, which combines with these specks and triangles, gives the Aquascaphe its own identity.
Depending on the model, the dial has an alternate surface. The two dark models have a grained matte completion, while the blue adaptation has a sunray-brushed example. The Blue and Black Cream renditions highlight an alleged overlaid dial, with the tracks and engravings treated in a dull gold tone. Once more, you’ll comprehend the references.
Overall, in spite of the reflections from the sapphire gem, decipherability is incredible and the hands are proportional. The meticulousness on the dial is again very impressive.
As a brand situated on the lower end of the watchmaking range, Baltic depends on Japanese programmed developments to keep the costs far underneath EUR/USD 1,000. Unquestionably not the most lofty type accessible, the Miyota 9039 secured here does its position and offers dependability and respectable accuracy – declared at – 10/＋30 sec. each day be that as it may, in the current case, nearer to the – 10/＋10 sec. per day.
This development, without date (and no phantom situation for the crown), beats at 4Hz and has 42 hours of force save. It additionally includes a stop-seconds.
The Baltic Aquascaphe Diver is accessible either on elastic or steel. The initial, a jungle like dark elastic lash with a vintage-inspired example and a basic steel pin-clasp is an exemplary choice. A decent, conventional choice that is wonderful to the wrist and reasonable for sporting jumping sessions.
Second, and a truly cool alternative is a “bead of rice” steel arm band – a style of wristband stylish during the 1950s and 1960s. Graceful, light and dainty, it complements the outdated plan of the watch and is a delight to wear. Aside from a Jubilee wristband, very few different arm bands can beat a “bead of rice” as far as gracefulness and comfort. It is shut by a collapsing clasp with fine adjustment.
Note that the wristband is outfitted with simple bars/speedy delivery gadget that permits the expulsion of the arm band in only a couple seconds. Moreover, the hauls are bored, permitting to simple evacuation of the elastic strap.
Overall, I took incredible delight wearing the Baltic Aquascaphe Diver. We, at MONOCHROME, are accustomed to wearing very good quality watches and pieces from the standard extravagance brands, yet that doesn’t change the way that occasionally, something reasonable can make an extraordinary impression… The Aquascaphe did.
Whether regarding plan or execution, I can’t locate a significant defect on this watch. It is predictable, all around planned and, fundamentally, professional. Aside from the fairly commoner development (yet still… it does the work) and the intelligent precious stone, this is one incredible straightforward, toolish, vintage-inspired watch that could give a couple of exercises to bigger Swiss brands… If you’re searching for a pleasant, cheap diver, you’d better investigate what Baltic is doing.
Price and availability
The three variants of the Baltic Aquascaphe Diver (Blue Gilt, Black and Silver and Black Cream) are valued at EUR 695 on elastic, EUR 790 on “bead of rice” steel arm band or EUR 825 with both steel wristband and elastic strap.
Orders can be made through the brand’s website baltic-watches.com . The watches are back in stock starting today (November 21st, 2019) yet anticipate that it should be sold-out again beautiful fast.