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    New Karlskrona Nordic Shield Preview

    Karlskrona Nordic Shield



    Last year I had the opportunity to handle and review the Baltic Shield from Karlskrona Watch Company. The company is located in Connecticut, USA. The Baltic Shield was a huge success from the feedback and comments on the watch forums. Karlskrona is now following up that success with the launch of the Nordic Shield. The Nordic Shield uses the same case, bezel and crystal as the Baltic Shield with some minor improvements. The real eye catching feature with the new Nordic Shield is the classic white dial with it's back and red color details.

    The Nordic Shield watch has an all brushed finished case and bezel with a gloss finish ceramic bezel insert and is supplied on a new soft black rubber dive strap. The watch is comes in a nice quality zippered black leather storage/travel case with a printed Karlskrona logo.



    Watch Specs:
    • Depth rated to 300m / 1000 ft.
    • Movement: Seiko NH35 automatic (hacking).
    • Case: 316L stainless steel, brushed finished with drilled lugs.
    • Case dimensions: 43mm diameter without crown, 49mm lug to lug.
    • Case thickness: 13.5mm
    • Lug width: 22mm
    • Bezel: 120 click unidirectional rotation, ceramic insert, lumed markers
    • Crystal: Domed sapphire, anti-reflective coated on the interior.
    • Screw down crown and case back.
    • 22mm Black rubber dive strap and zulu strap supplied with watch
    • Watch comes with a 12 month warranty

    Among the many well thought out design features, one I have to mention is the dial and handset combination. The bold hour markers and hands combine to make this one of the most legible watches out there. When it is very important to clearly read the time at a glance, the Nordic Shield easily accomplishes this. Another eye catching feature is the white dial and the way the hour markers are treated. The black outline around each hour marker anchors the marker and gives them excellent visual definition on the white dial. Several watch companies miss this element when printing on light colored dials, the Nordic Shield got it right. Another nice color detail is the subtile use of red for the name text and the tip of the sweeping second hand.

    The watch that I received has the brushed finish well executed, the brushed finish is even and very well done. The bezel has firm, smooth clicks to it's rotation. The bezel sits high and allows for a very good grip even with wet hands. The crown at 3:00 is a nice knurled design element on the Nordic Shield and when the crown is screwed down it integrates nicely into the case side without the use of crown guards.

    In my opinion the Nordic Shield represents a nice overall build quality and an incredible value for the price. Whether you are an up and coming desk diver or a serious diver and collector, in my opinion, the Nordic Shield has a lot to offer.

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    Re: New Karlskrona Nordic Shield Preview

    I like this a lot. Great case line. Will have to take a closer look.


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    Re: New Karlskrona Nordic Shield Preview

    How long is this preorder and is it a limited edition? Doesn't seem so for latter. Still available for former but also says shipping March. At US$275 preorder price that is very good and has my interest. I'm lacking a white dialed Diver.


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    Re: New Karlskrona Nordic Shield Preview

    That White dial is Beautiful!! I want one!
    I had a Black dial Baltic Shield a few months back, and it was a great solid watch. High quality! I regret trading it very much.


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    Re: New Karlskrona Nordic Shield Preview

    Was just perusing the development discussion at another forum, it looks like there are still some final tweaks being done. Do you know if otherwise? I posted this suggestion for hand length...

    Both the minutes and seconds could do with a tweak. They should extend to the outside edge of the hour/minute register. To maintain the current proportion of the red tip on the seconds hand you could push both that and the pip out a bit. So the outer edge of the pip would just kiss the inner edge of the hour markers. Otherwise just make the red tip longer as it appears the pip currently rides in the center of the space between the top of the 6:00 marker and the bottom of the text.

    The other thing is strap pin placement. According to the development notes these were to have been moved in more based on member feedback. Apparently the previous Baltic had too much of a strap gap. That appears to still be the same here. There is a lot of space between the case and strap, and lots of mid-case exposed. Do you have an early prototype for photos or is the final build?
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    Re: New Karlskrona Nordic Shield Preview

    Very good looking watch.


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    Re: New Karlskrona Nordic Shield Preview

    Mitch, I am told that the website will be updated. The watch is in production now and preorders are being taken at this time. If everything stays on schedule production watches are scheduled for next month (May).
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    Re: New Karlskrona Nordic Shield Preview

    Is the Lume any good? I wonder if you can swap in a Double Domed Crystal, I'm just nit picking but I would get annoyed by the viewing angles.

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    Re: New Karlskrona Nordic Shield Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by DEMO111 View Post
    Mitch, I am told that the website will be updated. The watch is in production now and preorders are being taken at this time. If everything stays on schedule production watches are scheduled for next month (May).
    Is yours a proto or final production?


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    Re: New Karlskrona Nordic Shield Preview

    Beautiful. If it were me I'd leave the "Nordic Shield" print on the dial in black. It looks a bit pink in the pictures. Let the red tip of the seconds hand do the accenting!

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