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Baltic Gets Set to Launch Aquascaphe GMT

If you’re a fan of Baltic watches then the Aquascaphe GMT launch on Nov 27th is a date to remember. The new watch features a very high spec, with domed sapphire crystal, 316 steel case, superlume numbers and hands, the famous GMT hand of course, plus a beads of rice, polished steel bracelet which lends it a kind of Omega feel. It has a date window at 6pm, plus a glossy balck dial – classic lines we reckon.

Green and blue bezel combo is our fave from the trio.

Inside there’s a Swiss Soprod movement, with 42 hours of reserve on full wind. Bi-directional bezel is made from sapphire too, which may well prove to be more durable long term than some ceramic bezels, or those with PVD coatings, on rival watches. Time will tell. The first 600 Baltic GMT models will be numbered 1-600 too, so that adds to the collector appeal. Made in France, the Baltic is a beautiful GMT, and priced at just over £1100 on pre-order.

This is an undeniably handsome watch and the GMT feature is always good for those lucky enough to be allowed international travel in these climate emergency times. The only downside is the 100m depth rating, which isn’t that impressive at this price level, you would expect 300m, maybe more. For example the LPW Luna offers 200m depth for just £549, then there’s the Marloe Morar which has 310 metres for under 400 quid. Made in Scotland too.

More details at the Baltic website.

Baltic Aquascaphe Bronze, With Blue Dial, Is Back

One of the most popular Baltic watches of 2020 was the Aquascaphe blue dial model. It was a sell-out in fact, but now it’s back on sale at 750 euros. What do you get for that cash?

Well a bronze 39mm case, with a Miyota movement inside. There is a double-dome sapphire crystal, plus rubber strap fitted. Rated at 200m depth, this is a tool watch for those who love to dive, plus big numbers on the sunray finish dial help visibility underwater. Hands are nice and big too. There’s a screw down crown naturally.

Handmade in France, the Baltic Aquascaphe makes an interesting alternative choice to a Swiss dive watch like the Oris Sixty-Five, or Blancpain Fifty-Fathoms. Yes, there are lots of indie rivals out there with more depth ratings at 300m, and some cost slightly less too.  The Hamtum Kraken is a serious rival, also offering 200m dive ability, plus a steel bracelet which some prefer. Currently sold out on the Hamtum website but if another batch appears at £360 apiece then we can see the attraction.

More info on Baltic at their website. 

New Baltic Aquascaphe SB01 Launches on 30th June

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!

More at the Baltic website here.

 

 

Baltic Watches Offer French Flair, Auto Movements, Plus a Retro Edge

Today we take a look at Baltic Watches, a new company based in France, who are creating some handsome looking models.

If you want a retro style chronograph, automatic movement, with an almost Railway clock cream dial simplicity, then the Bicompax 001 makes a tempting proposition. At 649 euros (£566 approx) it isn’t too pricey, although it does have the Seagull ST19 movement inside the case, which might not suit you if you feel less disposed to buy Chinese products after Corona.

bicompax baltic

In terms of quality, the Seagull is pretty much a modern version of the Venus 175 from decades ago, so in that regard you’re getting genuine Swiss engineering principles. Modern manufacturing means that the Seagull will probably be more relaible as a timekeeper than its 1940s predecessor, but it’s worth noting that a genuine Swiss Venus movement watch is always going to fetch more money at an auction.

OK, it lacks the collector factor, but what a great job Baltic have done is creating this 40s style chrono model. It has a 38mm case, so it should sit nicely on the wrist and we love those old fashioned flat-topped pushers, which really capture the vintage feel perfectly.

The Bicompax is also available with a deep, indigo blue dial variant too, choice of straps.

baltic watch lume

AQUASCAPHE DIVER

This one ticks all the right boxes too. The 39mm stainless steel case houses a Miyota auto movement, with a sapphire crystal in place to add a quality touch. The B logo on the winding crown is another nice detail, as is the quick release pin bar inside the grains-of-rice steel bracelet. That should make it a cinch to swap over to a rubber strap when you’re on holiday and going in the water.

That’s what we love about Baltic – they’ve thought the whole watchmaking process through and even if they’re importing movements, they are assembling the watches at their factory in France, whereas some other start-up companies are really styling studios who commission runs of wristwatches at an outsourced partner factory. Vive le difference we say.

HMS 001

This is a true minimalist watch. No frills, choice of blue, cream, black or slate grey dials, with matching bezel inlay colour too. Again, you get a Miyota automatic movement inside the case, which is 39mm wide. There’s an acrylic crystal on the HMS model, and we reckon it makes an interesting alternative to a Seiko Presage dress watch, or perhaps an entry level Tissot, which is about the same money at 399 euros, or £348.

Check out more Baltic watches here.