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 Posted: Sat Jul 16th, 2016 07:30 pm
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OldeCrow
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OK I've worn it for a week, got a few swirls on it, put some dirt on the nato strap, it must be time to show it off.

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Borealis Estoril 300 Automatic Diver Watch with Miyota 9015 Specifications:
  • Case Size: 41.50mm x 47.00 mm
  • Screwed down crown with engraved B logo
  • Double Domed Sapphire Crystal with A/R coating inside
  • 120 clicks sapphire BGW9 lumed unidirectional bezel
  • Made in Japan Citizen Miyota 9015 Automatic Movement
  • Viton and Tefzel Gaskets (case back and glass)
  • 316L Stainless Steel Case
  • Lug Width: 20.00 mm
  • Water Resistance: 300 meters
  • Case height: 12.50mm
  • Nato Strap
  • Swiss Made BGW9 Superluminova applied to dial, watch hands and bezel
  • Screwed Case Back with engraved mermaid
  • 12 months warranty
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I think this is the best SM300 homage I have seen from any micro to date. It wears well at almost 42mm, fit and finish and bezel alignment is perfect on my example. The caseback is well done with a simple mermaid etching that is reminiscent of 60's skin divers to complete the homage feel. The blue lume is average, not terribly bright but visible throughout the night. I have only taken it off to show it off.

The Miyota 9015 was running a bit shy of perfect and this is the first one I have received that needed a little adjustment but when adjusted it makes a nearly flat line across the screen of my timegrapher as clean as any overpriced chronometer grade timepiece I own and having half a dozen of the 9015 powered watches now I can say I would choose the Miyota 9015 over entry level Swiss movements from this point forward, they are superior in every way to the now 50+ year old eterna-matic designed 27xx/28xx automatics and their copies and I wouldn't waste money on entry level Swiss when there is something as good as the 9015. 

I find the SM300 dial a bit too busy and if I had to choose again I might choose the non date model just to simplify it a bit more but I feel like I am missing out when it doesn't have the date... so maybe I just need one of each.

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Congrats Chris, and thanks very much for taking the time to share your impressions after the first week with your new Estoril 300! thumbsup.gif

Great to hear that you are happy with it and that the build quality is solid!

I've got a thing for the big triangle vintage SM300 no-date, and see that Borealis is also doing their version of that as well. I'm on preorder for the Project 300 from Bill Yao at Mkii, otherwise I might be tempted to give this one a try.

Enjoy the new one!

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Thanks Chris!

I have a vintage sm300 basket case I have been saving for a rainy day project,
this little gem will scratch the itch nicely until I get ambitious enough to restore the vintage one!

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Hey Chris,

Thanks for reviewing the Estoril.

It's really nicely done.

I like that blue a lot.

The Nato looks really good to me. Great hardware on it.

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