When it comes to watch brands that generate a lot of hype around every single new release, Baltic are right up there. Their combination of quality, style and accessibility is a winning combination that attracts enthusiasts starting new collections and old hands alike. Now, in the year of their fifth anniversary, they’ve created a high performance dive watch inspired by one of their core collection, the new Baltic Aquascaphe Titanium.
At this point I feel like a broken record when I say that titanium is the material of the moment in 2022. In fact, the material has become so popular that we’ve created an entire guide to the Best Titanium Watches You Can Buy. But the thing is that the popularity of titanium in watchmaking makes total sense. It’s light, strong and corrosion resistant, all important attributes in a watch. And the Aquascaphe Titanium makes use of it extremely well.
The new titanium case measures 41mm in diameter with clean lines and a gentle curve from lug to lug. Its design is based on the Aquascaphe classic, although there are some slight differences such as the addition of unobtrusive crown guards built up on either side of the crown.
Similarly, the unidirectional rotating bezel has been redesigned with a scratch resistant ceramic insert and updated diving scale. Its 300m water resistance rating also backs up its professional dive watch aesthetic with actual practicality and is an improvement on the Classic’s 200m.
While the case design is inspired by the Aquascaphe Classic, the Baltic Aquascaphe Titanium’s dial is almost an exact replica of that found on the Dual Crown 5th Anniversary model. It has large circular hour markers with extended ovals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and a triangle marker at 12.
It’s a super legible layout with no distractions, not even a date window. Plus, the Swiss SuperLuminova on the hands, hour markers and scales make it readable in low light conditions, ideal for diving into the murky depths.
In terms of colour, there are two variants of the Baltic Aquascaphe Titanium available. The first is glossy blue and the second grained black. Those colours feature on the dials, ceramic bezel inserts and rubber tropic straps. Both are classic colours for diving watches the blue reflecting the aquatic environment while the black provides a utilitarian tool watch vibe.
Inside the titanium case and protected by a solid caseback is the Miyota 9039 automatic movement. It’s part of Miyota’s premier automatic calibre range and has a 42-hour power reserve and accuracy of +10/-30 seconds per day. Decent specs for an off the shelf movement if not quite as impressive as everything else Baltic does.
Both versions of the Aquascaphe Titanium will be released in initial numbered batches of 300. Once the first 300 are sold, which are sure to go quickly at a price of only €710 without VAT (approx. £610), the watch will join Baltic’s permanent collection. While on paper this watch isn’t particularly revolutionary, the watch itself feels fresh with enough distinct elements to get hyped about. It’s sure to become yet another Baltic classic.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Baltic Aquascaphe Titanium
- Case/dial: 41mm diameter x 47mm (lug to lug) x 13.6mm thickness, titanium case, glossy blue or grained black finish dial, Super-LumiNova® C3 X1 (black dial) or BGW9 (blue dial) indexes and hands, unidirectional brushed ceramic bezel, screw down crown, caseback numbered from 1 to 300
- Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
- Movement: Miyota calibre 9039, automatic, 24 jewels
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: 42h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, hacking seconds
- Strap: Black or blue tropic rubber with titanium buckle
- Price/availability: €710 (price without VAT, approx. £610), limited to 300 pieces each
More details at Baltic.