[VIDEO] Introducing the Baltic x Peter Auto Tricompax (and Accompanying Flyback Stopwatches)

Baltic is closing out the summer swinging for the fences with a new limited edition watch called the Tricompax done in collaboration with the prestigious Peter Auto. Being a Baltic, the watch manages to effortlessly balance its vintage inspiration within a modern execution of the theme, and it’s not short on personality as a result. It might not have a trio of complications (as the name implies), but it’s a watch that’s caught our attention for other reasons, nonetheless, and it’s exactly the kind of collaboration that we love seeing, not born of hype synergies, but rather of shared enthusiasm and vision around a single theme.  

The Tricompax is being done in collaboration with Peter Auto, an outfit that brings together automotive enthusiasts and collectors from around the world through their events, such as the Spa and Le Mans Classics, and the Dix Mille Tours, which will be taking place in conjunction with the commercial release of this very watch. These are events that don’t just bring out some of the finest historic cars on the planet, they see them put to proper use on track. Exactly the kind of ownership we condone around here.

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The good people behind Baltic happen to be automotive enthusiasts themselves, and used this connection with Peter Auto to create the Tricompax seen here, which takes design cues from racing timers from the ‘70s. Not only that, the watch comes with a pair of handheld flyback timers done in the same color scheme as the dial of the watch. These could be mounted to the dash of your ride, or simply displayed on your desk if you’re not the car-owning type. Whatever you do with them, and however you use them, there’s no denying they’re pretty slick accouterments. 

The watch itself isn’t too bad, either. This is a 39.5mm steel case as measured at the edge of the bezel assembly, and closer to 38.5 at the actual case wall. It sits 13.5mm tall (including double domed sapphire crystal) and contains a hand-wound Sellita SW510-M with 63 hours of reserve. The lug to lug length is 47mm, and I can say it wears excellently on the toupe calf leather strap provided on the sample in front of me, though I suspect the included flat link bracelet will get the most love from buyers.

The dial is finished in light beige with a black ring at the perimeter containing the chapter ring. Black subdials reside at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions hosting the minute and hour totalizers, as well as the running seconds respectively. The two totalizers get a splash of color with orange and yellow ring portions, joining the orange timing seconds hand. Applied hour markers join a single 12 numeral at the top of the dial, with just Baltic serving as the only copy seen on the entire dial. It’s all balanced rather beautifully and recalls some of the all-time great sport chronographs without looking like a knock-off of sorts. 

The Baltic x Peter Auto Tricompax will be limited to 300 units, which will go on sale on August 26th at 4pm Paris time (10am Eastern). The price is 1975€ (~$2,010), which includes the pair of flyback stopwatches, and both the calfskin strap and the flat link bracelet. Odds are good these LEs will go quickly, so here’s hoping that we see a non-limited variant in the near future. We’ll have more to say about this watch in the coming week, prior to its commercial launch, so if there’s anything you’d like us to cover in a full review, be sure to leave a comment below. 

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Blake is a Wisconsin native who’s spent the past decade covering the people, products, and brands that make the watch world a little more interesting. Blake enjoys the practical elements that watches bring to everyday life, from modern Seikos to vintage Rolex. He is an avid writer and photographer with a penchant for classic cars, non-fiction literature, and home-built mechanical keyboards.