The last time we saw a new Baltic watch, it was in the form of their heavily vintage-inspired Aquascaphe GMT. Bright colored bezels that evoked an era of jet-set dive watch hybrids that no one on the Worn & Wound staff was alive to see, their faux nostalgia was nevertheless welcome purely for its carefully crafted style. Today, we’re seeing another extension of Baltic’s dive watch family, which too draws on the past, but has a distinctly modern edge we’ve yet to see from the brand.
Known simply as the Aquascaphe Dual-Crown, their newest aquatic timekeepers feature, as you clearly already know, two crowns and an internal bezel. A variant on the diver that is less common, though far from rare these days, they wear differently than external bezel divers, often coming off a bit more formal, as far as sport watches go. For the ADC (a most solid acronym) Baltic kept the general proportions of their Aquascaphe intact. At 39 x 47 x 11.5mm, they fall squarely into the goldilocks zone, and thanks to their expansive dials, actually wear a bit larger than expected, especially compared to their external bezel counterparts.
Though seemingly straightforward, as far as Dual-Crown divers go, Baltic has been surprisingly playful with their finishing, setting these watches apart from a crowded market. There are two primary finishes available, steel and black PVD plated. Before getting there, the case features some unique detailing. The bezel flares up from the mid-case, creating an overall slimming and eye-catching detail. Along the edge of the bezel and the top of the mid-case are thin polished bevels that created strong outlines to the case. Remember these, they come back later.