Baltic watches just emailed some interesting news; the bronze blue gilt Aquascaphe diver model is now available. There’s a numbered run of on the first 300 sold too. Price is £663.63 on the Baltic website.
So many divers watches now have 44mm case sizes or more, but this one is a more modest 39mm, which may well suit many wrists. Naturally, the spec includes double-domed sapphire crystal, depth resistance down to 200m, plus screwdown crown protector lugs on the case.
The case is made from bronze, rather than the usual 316 grade stainless steel that many indie watch brands favour. Bronze buckle on the strap by the way – nice touch.
You get a patina over time with bronze, which should add an extra level of interest for many true collectors, especially those who like to wear their watches in rotation. Love the sunray effect on the dial as well.
Inside the case there’s a Miyota automatic movement, which is a little bit disappointing at this price. Sellita SW200 would be more like it or STP-11? On the upside all Baltic watches are assembled in France, so this does offer a more hand-made, bespoke quality to the watch than something that is simply designed in Europe, but then outsourced to the Far East when it comes to assembly. Big difference.