Baltic introduced a GMT version of their Aquascaphe dive watch last month, with a Swiss-made movement.
The Baltic Aquascaphe GMT comes in the same size 316L stainless steel 39 mm x 12 mm case as the original Aquascaphe, and the lug-to-lug measurement of 47 mm and interlug width of 20 mm are also both the same as the original (water-resistance has been reduced from 200 meters to 100 meters).
Baltic refers to the Aquascaphe GMT watch as its “flagship diving model” presumably due to the fact that it now has a more expensive Swiss Soprod C125 movement, as opposed to a Japanese Miyota.
The Soprod automatic caliber C125 beats at 4Hz, has 25 jewels, bidirectional winding of the mainspring, and a 42-hour power reserve. The functions include hours, minutes, central seconds, an independent GMT hand, and date.
Like other GMTs, the bezel is bi-colored, which allows you to use it to determine day/night when coupled with the large arrow-tipped second time zone hand which sweeps the dial once every 24-hours. The bezel is stainless steel, with 24-click bidirectional rotation, and is available in three combinations: blue/gray, blue/green, and blue/orange. A third-time zone can also be read by using the bezel.
Each version has a black glossy dial with printed indices that feature a new surround look (similar to actual circular applied indices) and while printed chapter ring. The hour and minute hands are still pencil-shaped and filled with lume, however, the tips are slightly shorter. The lollipop seconds hand stays the same, and the GMT hand, with its oversized arrow-shaped tip, is new to this model. Interestingly, each GMT hand shaft has a lacquer color matching one half of its respective bezel. The word “AQUASCAPHE” is matched in the same color on the dial at 6.
A new stainless steel beads-of-rice bracelet has been developed and features 7-micro adjustments for more precise fitting compared to those with less adjustments. The bracelet tapers from 20 mm to 18 mm at the clasp and features a quick-release system.
According to Baltic, “All our Aquascaphe are assembled by hand in France, near Besançon, by professional and experienced watchmakers.”
The first Acquascaphe GMT models will be numbered from 1 to 600, on the engraved motif of the different time zones on the solid screw-in caseback. Retail is $1,105 on a tropical rubber bracelet and $1,200 on a steel bracelet.
Learn more at Baltic.