NOTE: Dappered never keeps press samples from brands, and we often purchase goods out of our own pocket for testing / writing reviews. Sometimes we’ll buy something and can’t return it because the window has closed or the item has been put through its paces for the review. Being that we’re a small operation that doesn’t work out of an airplane hanger, every so often we need to give away those barely-used/only-used-in-photos “things” which have quietly piled up. That’s precisely the case with this Baltic Aquascaphe. You’ll find a link to an enter-to-win form at the bottom of this review. It’s a simple email and name sign up, we don’t sell your info, and we won’t even auto-add you to our own email list. Got it? Great. Good luck. Here’s the original review of the watch:
It’s a worthy splurge for those of us on a real budget.
It’s proof that great design matters.
Assembled in France. Powered by a premium Miyota movement.
The Baltic Aquascaphe is the rare social media favorite which actually lives up to the hype. Assembled in France, powered by one of Miyota’s hacking and hand-windable premium automatic movements (9039), and it’s sized in a pleasing to many 39mm diameter. The in-person look and feel genuinely outclasses the relatively reasonable price of 580 euros, and they even offer free worldwide shipping AND returns.
“Grained black” dial with sunken (sandwich) triangle indices
The case is a solid hunk of brushed stainless steel, but doesn’t feel clunky or cumbersome. The dial and bezel are simple, classy, and inspired by decades past without looking out of place in the 21st century. And the textured, “grainy finish” dial is a unique characteristic that’s not overdone or obtrusive.
Double domed sapphire crystal. Nice, simple “B” on the crown.
All of the actionable pieces do their job extremely well. The sapphire covered bezel looks great, has perfect tension, and each of its 120 clicks is satisfying. The crown screws and unscrews without trouble, threat of mis-threading, or wiggle/wobble. The double-domed sapphire crystal gives it that 20,000 leagues porthole feel without being overly tall or cumbersome. And the tropic rubber strap even comes in two sizes (medium for wrists up to 8″, large for wrists up to 8.85″).
Shown here on a 7.5″ wrist.
A 39mm case+ bezel diameter results in its overall sizing being of the moment, and since “the moment” currently prefers the smaller watches of the past… this thing is simultaneously of the moment AND “period correct.” Go figure. But with a thickness of 12mm, it has the proportions of a tool watch. It’s got a little beef. It’s certainly not the whole cow. But it is a nice little horology fillet. It’s comfortable to wear, and it’s pleasing to forget about having it on. It’s also fun to look at when it catches your eye. And it will catch your eye.
Bezel is sapphire covered as well.
The total package combines for a less-fortunate (but still fortunate) man’s version of the Omega Seamaster 300. There’s just one critique… the bracelet options. For an additional â‚¬80 you can get a bracelet, but it’s either an intricate and jewelry leaning “beads of rice” style, or a flat link with a brushed center track and polished outer links. Again, very Seamaster 300 Heritage, but not all of us like that gleam. Give us a fully brushed bracelet and you could wear it with almost everything.
Shown here with the optional flat link bracelet.
(winner gets both the rubber strap and flat link bracelet)
The Aquascaphe is a watch that made Baltic famous Stateside, but they aren’t stopping there. Their classic dress watches and chronographs show a same commitment to simple good looks, and they also recently released a fast-looking “Panda” style chronograph.
39mm and 12mm thick. Not a thin dress watch.
Not chunky either. It’s a muscle hamster.
Looks like Baltic is a brand that’s not afraid to create and play some new hits, while also not charging top of the charts/headliner prices. Their watches look great, are priced reasonably for most, and are built with movements and parts that should satisfy all price tiers of the watch-wearing universe.
Vive La France, indeed.
UPDATE: Congrats to R. Hamilton who won the drawing for the Baltic!
Enter here to win the Baltic Aquascaphe reviewed in this post. Dead line for entry is 11:59pm et on Thursday September 28th 2023. One entry per person. Winner will be notified by email, and once we get necessary info, we’ll send the winner the watch we used for the review/photos.
PRICING NOTE: Since these are assembled and shipped from France, they’re listed in euros. So the price for US customers will vary depending on the exchange rate/any bank or credit card foreign transaction fees you may (or may not) incur.