Exactly five years ago, Baltic Watches launched its Kickstarter with a modest range of vintage-inspired timepieces, which paid homage to the clean lines of mid-century watches. Half a decade later, the French brand has a legion of followers, as well as shelves of awards, and is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a limited edition Baltic Aquascaphe Dual-Crown.
Baltic Aquascaphe Dual-Crown: what is it?
(Almost) exactly a year ago, Baltic introduced its second distinct diver’s watch design, following the hugely successful Aquascaphe model from 2018. As with all Baltic watch models, the Aquascaphe Dual-Crown 2021 was inspired by the past, taking design cues from the super-compressor diver’s watches that rose to popularity in the 1970s. This 5th Anniversary Limited Edition retains most of the specifications of the original Aquascaphe Dual-Crown, but adds a bit of 90s nostalgia to the color scheme.
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As with the standard Aquascaphe Dual-Crown specification, this special edition features a 39mm (316L to be precise) stainless steel case, which measures a svelte 11.9mm thick. As with all Baltic Watches, the attention to detail is charmingly precise, with a concentric brushed finish on the flat surfaces of the lugs, while the bezel receives a spiral brushed treatment.
Featuring two screw-down crowns, one is used to set the time, while the other is used to rotate the inner diver’s bezel, which sits beneath the sapphire crystal covering the dial. The caseback is closed, ensuring the watch is water resistant to 200m, as well as displaying a special 5th anniversary engraving and your numbered piece on 200 units.
The glossy black dial is where you’ll notice the color accents, with a green minute hand, as well as a special treatment on the hour and bezel marks. The hour markers feature a green-tinted luminous paint (which actually glows blue), while the first 20-minute bezel marks are tinted purple (and actually glows green). It’s a fun retro color scheme, which immediately reminds me of the iconic green and purple Mighty Ducks hockey jerseys from the mid-90s.
The limited edition Aquascaphe Dual-Crown is powered by an automatic Miyota 9039, which is bulletproof, easy to maintain and goes a long way in keeping the price of the watch as affordable as possible.
Matching the colors of the dial, the watch comes with a pair of brightly colored Tropic rubber dive straps, in green and purple of course. They are soft without being fragile and as comfortable as rubber bracelets.
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This is an interesting release, not only as a slightly more fun and light-hearted alternative to the non-limited release, but also because it speaks to the success story of Baltic Watches and the community that has supported them throughout. along the way. The watch industry is very different from what it was half a decade ago, and Etienne Malec, the founder of Baltic Watches, has navigated all the trappings with a dexterous confidence in his product that only comes from understanding of the collecting community.
So congratulations to Baltic Watches for coming this far, and I can’t wait to write about the special 10th anniversary edition. The Baltic Aquascaphe Dual-Crown Limited Edition has an RRP of €780 (AU$1,136) and is limited to 200 pieces.