Ettiene Malec, a Frenchman, founded Baltic in 2017. The name comes from his father’s birthplace in northern Poland near the Baltic Sea. His inspiration came after finding a suitcase full of his late father's watches with a notebook full of details about the watches. He soon after started to meet other collectors and started to collect himself. Then, seeing the huge interest in vintage timepieces, he completed a Kickstarter campaign with the Baltic HMS 001 and a Bi-Compax 001. Each watch is hand-assembled in France near Besançon. Today the brand continues to grow through its social media presence and its website, to offer contemporary designed, vintage-inspired timepieces.
Here we have a 2020 Baltic Aquascaphe that has a 39mm brushed stainless steel case with gently curved tapered lugs. A lug to lug length of 47mm and a thickness of 12.5mm gives the watch an impressive wrist presence. On the right side, a signed screw-down crown. The uni-directional stainless steel bezel has a sapphire 60 minutes scale, which gives it the look of a vintage Bakelite bezel. A double domed sapphire crystal with an inner AR coating sits above a grainy textured black dial. An outer minute track is printed well, applied 12 followed by disc’s and arrow indexes mark the hours coated in SuperLumiNova. Broad swords hands are complemented by a lollipop center seconds hand all coated in the same SuperLumiNova. Text is precisely printed on the dial. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with a wavy pattern and a diver engraved on it. Inside an Automatic Miyota Cal. 9039, 24 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. Introduced in 2018 it is part of the Miyota Premium range of movements. It has both hand-winding and hacking functionality. The watch comes fitted with its original Baltic 20mm black Tropic rubber strap with a signed buckle. Comes with its Baltic presentation box and papers.