Baltic MR01 Salmon

A Delightful Timepiece Combining Classic and Contemporary Elements

Photography by Ronald Chew

by The Balance Coq

  • August 13, 2023

The Baltic MR01 Salmon Dial is a timepiece that effortlessly captures the essence of vintage watch design while incorporating modern craftsmanship. With its distinctive salmon-colored dial, this watch offers a unique aesthetic that sets it apart from the crowd.  Let’s dive into a detailed review of this captivating timepiece.

At first glance, the Baltic MR01 exudes elegance and sophistication.  The stainless steel case measures a modest 36mm in diameter, making it suitable for a wide range of wrist sizes.  The slim profile (the case itself is only some 8mm tall) and polished finish lend an air of refinement, allowing the watch to transition seamlessly from casual to formal occasions.

The standout feature of the MR01 is undoubtedly its salmon dial.  The warm, peachy hue creates a captivating visual effect, accentuated by the sunburst pattern that adds depth and dimension.  The dauphine-style hands, along with the applied hour markers, are elegantly proportioned and filled with luminescent material for enhanced legibility in low-light conditions.  The absence of a date window maintains the dial’s balanced composition, highlighting its minimalist design.

Powering the Baltic MR01 is the Hangzhou ELA05MN micro-rotor automatic movement.  It is a 30-jewel, 28,800 BPH Chinese movement with a 42-hour power reserve, and an off-center small seconds.  While certainly not a haute horlogerie caliber, it ensures accurate timekeeping and a respectable power reserve.  The movement is visible through the exhibition case back, allowing enthusiasts to appreciate the intricacies of its inner workings.

The salmon dial version comes fitted with a premium blue leather strap, adding a touch of vintage charm to the overall aesthetic.  The strap is soft and supple, ensuring a comfortable fit on the wrist.  The inclusion of quick-release spring bars simplifies strap changes, offering versatility for those who wish to experiment with different styles.

Baltic’s attention to detail extends to the MR01’s overall construction.  The sapphire crystal, known for its scratch-resistant properties, protects the dial from daily wear.  Moreover, the watch boasts a water resistance of 50 meters, making it suitable for everyday use, including light recreational activities.  Not that we are expecting to see this on the wrist of a Tour de France competitor.

With its combination of classic design cues and contemporary elements at an accessible price point, the Baltic MR01 Salmon Dial offers a compelling package for watch enthusiasts.  The attention to detail in both its aesthetics and construction is commendable, especially considering what Baltic is asking for.  Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a novice watch aficionado, this timepiece is bound to leave a lasting impression with its timeless appeal and captivating salmon dial.  TBC cannot wait to see what else this watch brand is coming up with next.

Specifications

BrandBaltic
ModelMR01
Referencen/a
Case Material316L stainless steel
Case Width36mm
Case Height8mm (excluding crystal)
Lug-to-Lug44mm
Lug Width20mm
MovementAutomatic Hangzhou CAL5000a Micro-rotor
ProductionLimited; out of production
WearsTrue to size

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