Baltic’s Aquascaphe twin crown is on pre-order right now and it’s a wel equipped tool watch that’s built to dive. With a serious 200m depth rating, sapphire crystal, 316 steel compressor case and dive time crown at the 2pm position, this model will do the job. The top crown moves the internal bezel, so you can set the minutes underwater accurately.
The second crown at 4 o’clock is used to wind the automatic movement and to set the time. The first 300 pieces are numbered on the caseback This watch is also slim, at just under 12mm in height from crystal to caseback. That might suit many watch fans who find the big chunky cases on say a Zelos, or some bronze indie watches just too much on dry land.
You can also buy it with a black dial and black bezel, plus there’s a PVD coated case option.
The pre-order price is £660, which is reasonable for something this well finished and manufactured in Europe, rather than China or Singapore. There will be import duties and perhaps some BS delivery company admin fees on top don’t forget.
Rivals include much of the Zelos range, plus dive brands like Enosken (1000m depth) or Marloe, who are based in the UK. There’s a great deal of choice when it comes to dive watches under £1000 these days, although twin crown models are not as common as single crown watches in general.
Zelos are one of our fave indie brands, simply because they make tough, decent spec dive watches at a reasonable price. Amazing selection of dial colours too. Well, they’ve been busy during lockdown creating the Horizons range and it looks like they’ve nailed it.
39mm case sizes, lots of Superluminova, sapphire crystals and a 200m depth rating make these watches versatile all-rounders. There is a quick adjust steel bracelet, an impessive range of fume and different coloured dials, plus the ever dependable Miyota 9039 movement inside the case.
The 39mm case size is a good compromise between visual impact on the wrist, or in the water, and the practical aspect of wearing it all day. Some bigger dive watches need a big wrist frankly, so anything over say 42mm isn’t a watch that suits everyone. Zelos models, especially the recent bronze case editions, have sold out quickly online. So if you like the look of the Horizons range, best act sharpish.
Wear `em every day, go swimming on holiday, stay indoors until next May wearing a mask and shopping online…OK, sorry, we know it’s depressing being part of the New World Order.
Seriously, these are good value at $449 or therabouts on the website. The teal fume is a standout model for us, plus the brass detailed dial on the Moss Green model. Retro meets modern. More info at the Zelos site here.
One of the big names in dive watches for many decades is Doxa. Their new Sub 200 C-GRAPH is well worth a look if you’re serious about venturing underwater and want a chronograph. At nearly three grand (US dollars) it’s expensive for a 200m dive watch. But it offers a very high build quality and over a century of history behind that Doxa name. Here’s the press info;
In the line-up of diver’s watches developed by DOXA, the SUB 200 C-GRAPH stands out as a mechanically wound chronograph, recognizable by its three counters. It comes equipped with an automatic Swiss movement that provides a power reserve of approximately 45 hours.The chronograph function includes a central chronograph hand that rotates once around the dial every 60 seconds, a 30-minute chronograph counter positioned at 3 o’clock, and a 12-hour chronograph counter positioned at 6 o’clock.
With a diameter of 45 mm, made of the highest quality 316L stainless steel, the SUB 200 C GRAPH comes with a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a unidirectional rotating bezel. Featuring a screw-down crown, the watch is water-resistant to 200 meters (about 650 feet). All dive-related markings have a Super-LumiNova® luminescent coating to ensure optimum readability in low-visibility conditions.
Starting 2020, the SUB 200 C-GRAPH will be available in 6 colors. It can be ordered either with the iconic ‘beads of rice’ stainless steel bracelet or a sporty rubber strap, with distinctive DOXA cues on both sides, to match the dial color. The folding clasp features the exclusive DOXA fish symbol and has a diving extension to accommodate the thickness of a wetsuit.
Oceanica Watch Company is a small microbrand based on Long Island, New York. It’s been around since early 2018 and this is their latest model on Kickstarter.
Witha 200m depth rating, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, steel case and 42mm case it ticks all the right boxes, and a trusty Seiko NH35 movement inside means that the retail price is more than affordable too. The project has already been funded by the way, so it’s going into production and deliveries are expected to start shipping in December 2020.
One thing we really love about this watch is the bracelet which looks well made and superbly finished, here’s the word from Oceanica;
`Another new upgrade is the Oceanica branded custom H-LINK screw bracelet. This bracelet is of great quality and I really had to go out of my way to get this done. It is a 22mm bracelet with Solid end links and tapers down to 18mm at the custom clasp. All of the links are held in by screws on one side. The bracelet itself features a matching brushed finish to the case of the watch. The clasp is signed with our Shark Logo and features a custom milled clasp with chamfered polishing on the sides for some visual excitement as well as SIX micro adjustments!’
Available in blue or black dial options it is priced at £183 on the early bird discount deal, which you have to say is excellent value for money. Try getting a 200m Swiss dive watch at twice that price. You can buy a pair for £344. Amazeballs. Can’t fault it.
Baltic are one of the most interesting French watch brands aorund and their new dive model, the Aquascaphe SB01 is launching on 30th June.
Featuring a steel case, one direction bezel with 120 clicks, a depth rating of 200m and a screw down crown, this entry level dive watch offers a rugged spec, plus Miyota automatic movement for just over £560. Our fave Aquascaphe at the moment is the Bronze Blue Gilt, at 750 euros – just saying.
The SB01 comes on a Tropic blue rubber strap, bright night time lume, and has a double domed sapphire crystal. Baltic are one of many indie brands making viable alternatives to those who fancy a Swiss dive watch, but are reluctant to pay the £1200-£1600 entry price for many prestige brands.
Sure, you get long term collectability by going Omega, Rado, Oris, Tudor, Longines etc. But Baltic watches offer pretty much the same tech spec – albeit with a Japanese movement – for a great deal less. And you know what that price saving means right? Yep, buy another watch!