Baltic Watch kickstarted two watches earlier this month and they look like they should be in John Goldbergerâ€™s Longinesâ€™Â book.Â The French startup has been percolating this dark cup of coffee for months and it went live on April 12. A few days later,Â it had $390k pledged to its $69k goal with many of their rewards already taken.
They are offering a time-only watch with a Miyota 821A automatic movement and two-register chronograph with a Seagull ST19 manual movement. Both are in a 38mm stepped case with an acrylic crystal, a simple dial design thatâ€™ll make your grandfather think itâ€™s his watch from the 40s.
A lot has been written about these watches in the last few weeks. I noticed these guys months before the launch and watched with anticipation, so I wasnâ€™t surprised when they got a Hodinkee handshake the day of the launch. But just because the popular kids are doing it, doesnâ€™t make it right. Right? Well, you might want to try it just once. Besides, who doesn’tÂ want a beautiful chronograph assembled in France for about $500?
They are offering upgrades on the remaining rewards including open case backs, perlon straps or leather straps, watch rolls and even a solid cork box.
I could go own about the Miyota movement and how it compares to ETAâ€™s or how the Chinese Seagull column wheel chronograph is based on a Swiss design. I could, but will not. Quit reading and go buy it here. Â The campaign ends on May 22; they are promising to ship in November. Â baltic-watches.com