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 Posted: Sun Feb 12th, 2017 06:05 pm
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Thought this was deserving a new arrival post.

From the website:

Borealis Bull Shark Automatic Diver Watch with Miyota 9015 Specifications:
  • Case Size: 42mm x 50mm
  • Screwed down crown
  • Double Domed Sapphire Crystal with A/R coating inside
  • Helium valve a 9 o'clock
  • 120 clicks unidirectional glossy ceramic bezel with BGW9 lume applied to indexes
  • Miyota 9015 Automatic Movement
  • 316L Stainless Steel Case
  • Lug Width: 22.00 mm
  • Water Resistance: 2000 meters
  • Viton gaskets on case back and tefzel gasket for glass
  • Case height: 14.05 mm
  • 316L Stainless steel bracelet with precision adjustable buckle
  • Swiss Made BGW9 Superluminova applied to dial, watch hands and ceramic bezel
  • Gilt hands (hours, minute, seconds)
  • Screwed Case Back with engraved mermaid
  • 12 months warranty

Everything is as advertised, at 41mm it wears well on smaller wrists but it still has a large presence so it should wear well on large wrists too.

I am finding I really don't care for domed glass, it is just distracts and obscures the dial no matter how well executed it is, that said it's easy for me to overlook it as nice as the whole watch looks with it.

This one arrived with a very loose bezel that could be removed with the slightest pressure a quick inspection revealed the retainer spring was just not properly formed so with a little tweaking with a pair of pliers the spring now grabs the case firmly and now the bezel cannot be removed by hand.

Thinking about how that got by any QC it occurred to me that I don't ever pull on a bezel intentionally so it would easily pass QC as long as it clicked and rotated.

On the plus side having had the bezel off I was able to observe the bezel is made very much like a Seiko bezel with a nylon gasket to smooth the bezel action though the addition of a retaining spring is not usual for Seiko's the retaining spring is probably a better choice for long term fit since it can be replaced when the bezel starts getting sloppy and it has a Seiko style click spring.

I really like this case shape and size, it's smaller than my Armida "A-whatever" and without the crown guards it is a little reminiscent of early skin divers. The coin edge bezel is 3mm tall and is very well finished and easy to operate, it clicks firmly and precisely.

Bracelet fit and finish is is precise and the end links are well fit to the case, I would prefer the bracelet links were finished with softer edges but I can soften the edges myself. The Citizen style clasp with divers extension is well made and functions well. This style clasp is often very poorly imitated but in this case it's very well done.

The dark green ceramic insert and dial are very nicely finished with decent lume though not quite as bright as other offerings from Borealis it is however persistent and visible all though the night.

The Miyota 9015 is running about +9sec/d face up with an amplitude of 310 and a beat error that is exactly zero. I am really amazed at the out of the box performance of the 9015.

I frequently point out the 9015 is my new favorite movement I will choose it over ETA movements from Micro brands and in fact I have passed on interesting projects from Micro's because they were using ETA or Seiko. I believe the Micro's are using ETA and Seiko because it is what they think buyers will want but I think it's the Watch makers job to lead the dumb masses to make better choices and to that end I am disappointed to see Seiko and ETA in watches that really would be better with the Miyota.

This is my second Borealis and I am very pleased with both of them, they are distinctive enough to escape the catalog case feel even though they are but that is precisely what makes them as affordable as they are.

I probably wouldn't have mentioned the loose bezel but I am seeing a lot of these for sale on the forums and can't help but wonder if everyone is having this problem and not saying anything so I mention it only to point out how easy it is to fix.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 13th, 2017 04:47 pm
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Congrats on the new one....Really looks like a nice watch, enjoy and thanks for the bezel info....ThumbsUp02.gif

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 Posted: Tue Feb 14th, 2017 12:17 am
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Congratulations on the new arrival Chris, and thanks so much for the excellent/detailed write up! bravo.gif

Very glad that you got the bezel sorted out, and didn't decide to take in on a wall dive adventure right out of the gate. That bezel would have been very hard to retrieve from the bottom of the ocean floor...subtlelaugh.gif

I really like the design on this one...it's a great looking watch, and I like the dark green version that you went with...a very classy shade of green. thumbsup.gif

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 Posted: Wed Feb 22nd, 2017 05:55 pm
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Big congrats on that new one.

Really nice designed watch.
I like the hands. Fits the classic dial very well.

And great side shape of case, bezel and crystal.

Good work on the bezel. thumbsup.gif

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 Posted: Sat Feb 25th, 2017 03:30 am
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another awesome review Chris,Congrats!thankyou.gif...this looks like one of the better homages and at a fair price imo...ThumbsUp02.gif

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 Posted: Sat Feb 25th, 2017 03:43 pm
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Thanks for the comments guys! @Phil I really like the profile shape of the case too, I can't quite figure out what they, did it looks like it's got shorter lugs from the side and bottom but from the top they look normal... I suppose that's the reason I like the Halios Delfin too...

One thing I have noticed now that I've had it for a couple of weeks, there isn't really enough micro adjustment in the clasp it could be lengthened to have more micro adjustment or half links could be added to the bracelet.

Still enjoying it though, only took it off to wear the new Evant! ThumbsUp02.gif

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