Over the final yr, we’ve written about just a few totally different watches from France-based Baltic Watches, together with their dual-crown Aquascaphe and their fairly scrumptious micro-rotor MR01. What we had not executed, although, was really see one among their watches in particular person. Well, just a few conversations with the pleasant of us over there, and we had been ready to herald a loaner of the Baltic Aquascaphe GMT.
Surprising nobody, after I was perusing by means of the catalog, it was that GMT that caught my eye. Then it was tough determination time – which bezel shade to ask for? While I’d in all probability go for the blue-and-grey if I had been shopping for it for myself, I felt that blue-and-orange one would pop properly for the pictures (as would the blue-and-green, I suppose), in order that got here on in. Doesn’t damage that it approximates Chicago Bears colours now, both, does it?
As my tastes in watches have adjusted through the years, I’ve come to understand smaller-diameter watches. My personal GMTs that I put on frequently are 42mm and underneath, so this 39mm Baltic Aquascaphe GMT felt a lot at residence on my wrist. Unlike the GMTs I’ve received in my watchbox, the Baltic presents very a lot as a kind of vintage-inspired dive watch that simply so occurs to have globe-trotting functionality in-built. And actually, I really feel that’s kind of the candy spot for the Baltic designs – fashionable takes on watches from 60+ years in the past.
With the Baltic Aquascaphe GMT, that’s pushed a bit by the dial and it’s handset and indices, and additional strengthened by the domed sapphire crystal that sits simply above the floor that the sapphire bezel is at. when seen in profile, that classic really feel is hit once more, with a slim important physique, from which the bezel (and crystal) protrude, in addition to the screwed-down case again. Still, for all of that, it nonetheless is available in at simply 12mm thick (together with the crystal) which makes this a really wearable watch.
Sure, the Baltic Aquascaphe GMT is a instrument watch, however given its compact measurement, and that slick high floor (all sapphire!) it was tremendous straightforward to slide underneath a shirt cuff, and gown up (their grains-of-rice bracelet, about $84, would achieve this). The included tropic strap labored properly for that, however I additionally performed round with placing a few of my very own straps into the 20mm lugs, so you possibly can definitely make this watch your personal, and coordinate it to no matter you occur to be sporting.
Packed into all of that pretty design is the Soprod C125 motion. This is a motion that’s utilized in just a few totally different watches, and affords a quick-set GMT hand (quite than the hour hand), so this isn’t thought-about a “true” GMT motion. But as I’ve stated earlier than, when you’re like me and never touring loads lately – and depend on the GMT hand to trace UTC server time – then it’s not that large of a deal. In my time with the watch, the motion saved good time, and I didn’t run into any issues with the facility reserve until I had it off the wrist for just a few days.
You do must marvel, who precisely is the Baltic Aquascaphe GMT aimed toward? I imply, certain, a GMT nut like me goes to go for it, however what kind of traits would we predict that is aimed toward? For one, when you’re contemplating Baltic, you’ve received a factor for classic look, but in addition favor fashionable reliability over a real classic piece it’s essential to child. For this particular mannequin, you’re additionally drawn to the look of a diver, and the general functionality of a instrument watch. We’ve solely received 100m WR right here, however that’s greater than sufficient for a dip at your native pool. And then, after all, we’ve received that GMT hand in there serving to you monitor a second time zone together with the bezel. So, just a few particular attributes to it, but it surely’s not a very slim window (and when you don’t like a GMT, there are different Aquascaphe fashions).
For myself, there was only a lot that merely clicked for me with the Baltic Aquascaphe GMT. Sizing, performance (don’t neglect the date show!), and that pop of shade on the bezel and hand, all nice. Fit into the general appear and feel of it, and I might see this simply being a best choice on a regular basis watch. The better part is that the Baltic Aquascaphe GMT is simply $970 (€920) on the strap, which is a stable value for a watch as well-sorted as this one is. For it being their flagship line, it’s very approachable and attainable. If you want GMTs as I do, you actually ought to test them out. baltic-watches.com
Tech Specs from Baltic
- STAINLESS STEEL 316L CASE
- BIDIRECTIONAL SAPPHIRE BEZEL
- 24 CLICK and 24H SCALE
- DOUBLE DOMED SAPPHIRE GLASS
- BLACK, “GLOSSY” FINISHING DIAL WITH C1 LUMINOVA
- 39MM (diameter) X 47MM (lug to lug)
- LUG WIDTH : 20MM
- THICKNESS : 12MM (Glass included)
- AUTOMATIC SWISS MOVEMENT SOPROD C125 GMT
- SCREW DOWN CROWN
- WATER RESISTANCE : 100M (10ATM)