Earlier this summer, we announced the pre-order and upcoming release of the Balaur–an EPSA-styled, dual crown diver with an internal rotating bezel from Netherlands-based brand, Aevig. Unsurprisingly, the watch garnered some major interest from our audience, and as we noted in that initial write up, the Balaur has been a long time coming.
The Balaur project began as a Watchuseek forum watch way back in 2012, a full year before Aevig was officially formed. After some unsuccessful early prototypes, Aevig founder Chip Yuen put the project aside to instead focus his energies on his newly founded brand.
Four years later, Aevig is finally coming out with the Balaur, slated for release this December. It boasts a slight redesign from the original concept and has the benefit of being the fourth watch from Aevig (read our thoughts on the Corvid, Huldra, and Valkyr). Our initial look at the Balaur was based on press release images and a brief conversation with Mr. Yuen, but we knew that this was one that we had to revisit in the metal. Lucky for us, Mr. Yuen sent over two prototypes—one of each color. Did they live up to our expectations of the watch and what we have come to know of the brand? Let’s take a closer look.