As for finishing, the case is brushed with a deep, heavy grain. The midcase features brushing that’s parallel to the case, while the top of the lugs is radial, following the curves of the bezel. They meet at a relatively sharp edge where you can see the two different directions of brushing meet. There are no beveled edges or anything, but on a field watch it makes sense. I’d say that the finishing here is elevated, but not over the top. I really like the addition of the polished bezel to give just a hint of shine when the light catches your wrist.
Dial + Hands
There are three other available dial colors, which all look interesting as well. You can choose from a Beige, Dark Brown, or Navy in addition to the green shown in this review. Let’s work from the outside in. On the outermost edge of the dial, there’s a black railroad-style chapter ring. Moving inwards, you’ll find a bright steel bevel on both the chapter ring and inner dial. The resulting effect is a pair of slim, highly polished bands that add a very interesting element to the dial. The large open inner portion of the dial is a beautiful shade of olive green with a slight grainy appearance. Baltic’s wordmark finds a home just under 12 o’clock, while the model name and water resistance balance it out just above 6.
We’d be crazy not to mention the application of indices/lume. The applied indices are made of Super-Luminova C3 X1 lume and float off the dial just a little bit. Since the indices are made of lume, they glow super bright, making for an ultra-legible dial in both light and dark conditions. Small circular plots are paired with numerical cardinal indices, while rounded rectangles fill in the gaps.
Pointing to the time is a set of syringe hands with a polished outer border and a healthy application of lume inside. A slim second hand reaches all the way to the outer border of the chapter ring with a small circular counterbalance opposite the point. Overall, the dial is clean and legible but has enough small details to make it interesting. If given the choice between this and a mil-spec field watch dial, I’m taking the Baltic every time.
Keeping things ticking is one of Miyota’s 9039 Japanese-made movements. It features a 42-hour power reserve and winds via the movement of your wrist or with a wind of the crown. Since the crown is so small, you’d be better off giving the watch a few good shakes to get started, and then popping it on your wrist for a day of wear. You can precisely set the time thanks to the hacking feature of the movement as well. Inside, 24 jewels keep all the parts running smoothly, while the 28,800bph frequency allows for a -10 to +30 sec/day accuracy. Baltic states that they chose the Miyota 9039 for its robustness and reliability — a key consideration for a field watch.