Welcome to my thoughts/opinions on the BALTIC Aquascaphe. This is the Black/Cream version.
I am not going to go over all the details of the watch as I think that they have been covered pretty
well by videos and other excellent writes ups. I am just going to give you my personal likes and dislikes.
I don't wear any of my watches on steel bracelets.....too heavy for me. Having said that the supplied
steel bracelet is well designed and the incorporated spring bars is a fantastic idea. The first time I have
manged to take a steel off in seconds without cursing the whole operation. Also replacing is just as easy.
As I said I don't usually wear steel, but this is about as close as I have got to actually wanting to, as it is
reasonably comfortable and good looking.
1. The size, 38mm (39mm with the bezel) is probably the sweet spot for me for a diver. I don't usually
wear large watches and this looks right to me for a diver.
2. The detail on the crown design is great, the way that they have beveled the inside so that it allows
the crown to be large and yet does not obstruct the rotation of the bezel. Other brands tend to have
either the crown spaced away from the case when pushed/screwed in or, as in the case of my
Captain Cook - too small and obstructed by the bezel to be able to manually wind it.
3. Textured black dial. I really like this as it helps to cut down on internal reflections and increases
legibility. The amount of text at the top and bottom is just about perfect. Fills the space without being
4. I have a large vintage collection of watches and I actually like the faux patina on my new pieces.
I appreciate others may not. I think the BALTIC is done right. But they also have offered the Black/White
for people who don't go for it. So that's good.
5. Everything on the case looks good to me. I have read some reports on other threads that some people
have had issues with scratches and poor finishing on he lugs. I did not see anything adverse on my sample
and cannot fault the workmanship. I like the brushed case as it helps to hide the day to day wear that will
mar a highly polished surface.
6. The domed crystal is beautiful. Adds just the right amount of class. And being sapphire it will
keep its looks.
7. Timekeeping 10/secs day - about average for a new timepiece. I am used to 30-60 seconds on my
vintage pieces, so this is good.
8. Its thinner than most modern automatic dive watches due to the Myota movement.
9. Drilled lug holes. Adds a vintage vibe and makes changing straps less of a chore. Every watch
should have them!
10. The bezel is nice and thin. The reason I have so many divers is to use the bezel as a daily timing function,
but I don't like it in "your face" all the time. The click action is nice and smooth much better than the Steinhart
that I always struggle with -I am not that weedy - but it is difficult with one hand on a leather strap.
1. The price just feels too high for a micro-brand . Overall the watch is well designed , but at the end
of the day it is still a collection of ready made off the shelf parts. I dont see what Baltic have added to
justify the higher price compared to many other micro-brands. Some pricier startups have better
engineered the cases and done much more work on the movements to justify their prices. So I dont know.
2. The dial- in my opinion, should have slightly larger markers - it seems to have just a little too much
empty space and makes the watch look bigger. I am not saying make it busier but I like the balance of
the 39mm Steinhart and the smaller Captain Cook to be more pleasing. As they are, they seem to belong
on a smaller dialed watch.
3. I am not familiar with the Myota movement as this is the first one I had. The rotar is pretty noisy.
The odd thing is that the movement itself is fairly quiet.
4. My last gripe concerns not the watch, but the communications with the company itself. My experience
was pretty poor in getting further details on the product in particular the ordering of the out of stock items.
They did not reply in a timely manner and when I sent in reminders, were curt with the replies. I appreciate
that Micro brands are thinly staffed but surely it is the personal contact that connects us to the brand?
Summery: Despite a few niggles.....lets face it there is no such thing as the "perfect" watch.........I have not
come across it yet. Even the good ones have something or the other that you could gripe about. Overall I really
like the BALTIC. I buy my watches to wear them......not abuse them.....and not to admire them in a watch case.
They need to look good on the wrist, be comfortable to wear and above all be able to tell the time, by that I mean
legibility. You should be able to look at it in any type of lighting and read the time. This may be stating the bleeding
obvious, but many watches don't. I am not 100% certain if this is a "keeper" but, for now its still on my wrist.
Hope this helps someone. More Eye candy............
I have noticed that some of my images from some of my other threads have been used in other peoples sales listings etc.
Just a polite request - at least give credit where they came from if you use them. Thank you.