We think the new Baltic Hermétique Glacier has the best dial for the money – and now it can be yours We think the new Baltic Hermétique Glacier has the best dial for the money – and now it can be yours

We think the new Baltic Hermétique Glacier has the best dial for the money – and now it can be yours

Borna Bošnjak

Yes, that’s a pretty bold claim, but I’m convinced you’d think the same once you say this watch in person. But let’s start with a quick overview of the Hermétique (or find a longer read here). It’s Baltic’s take on the perfect all-rounder, though I’d categorise it as a field watch if I was forced to pigeonhole it. Luckily, I don’t have to do that – and the Hermétique truly is an incredible GADA proposition.

One thing was sorely missing for many fans, however, and that was a black dial. I mean, how can you make an everyday watch without one? Not to toot our own horn, but we kind of remedied that with the super-stealthy Time+Tide x Baltic Hermétique Night Mode, but the brand itself has now introduced a brand-new dial duo. The Baltic Hermétique Glacier takes inspiration from icy expanses, rendered in a frosty white or textured black. And best of all, the 200-piece limited editions are now available from the Time+Tide Shop, never to be reproduced. So read on, but quickly…

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So, the dials. They’re absolutely the main draw of this limited release, and it should quickly be obvious as to why. To go with the lume-block indices and pseudo-sector layout, the middle portions now feature heavily textured dimples with sharp ridges. The effect is fantastic, and it gives this already-good watch the edge it needed to make it great.

baltic hermetique glacier wrist

On the wrist, the 37mm case is still really comfortable thanks to the slim height of just 10.8mm and compact lug-to-lug of 46mm. It’s a watch that very much wears like its proportions, so it may deter some bigger-wristed folk, but that just means they’d miss out on the Borgel style and integrated crown. Water resistance is impressive too, and while I normally wouldn’t categorise 150 metres as dive-capable, my assumptions were proven wrong by Andre of on Instagram who took it to the depths. Makes sense especially once you factor in the simply incredible lume.

baltic hermetique glacier box

Movement-wise, the Miyota 9039 remains – an excellent choice considering its slimness and general performance. It goes head-to-head spec-wise with entry-level Swiss offerings like the ETA 2824 and its clone, the Sellita SW200, with a 42-hour power reserve and 4Hz beat rate – all at a lower price. No complaints, really.

Just like all of Baltic’s watches, the Hermétique has a 20mm lug width and will fit any Baltic steel bracelet, so if you’ve got one from a previous model, you’re sorted. Otherwise, you can either opt for either the soft rubber Tropic-style strap, or the beads of rice or flat-link styles if a bracelet is more your style.

Baltic Hermétique Glacier pricing and availability

The Baltic Hermétique Glacier is now available for pre-orders, limited to 200 pieces per colour, never to be reproduced, and available for pre-orders from the Time+Tide Shop. Price: A$1,150 (tropic), A$1,250 (steel bracelet).

Brand Baltic
Model Hermétique Glacier
Case Dimensions 37mm (D) x 10.8mm (T) x 46mm (LTL)
Case Material Stainless steel
Water Resistance 150 metres
Crystal(s) Double domed sapphire
Dial Stamped dimpling effect in black or white
Lug Width 20mm
Bracelet Beads of rice or flat-link steel bracelet
Tropic rubber strap in black or white
Movement Miyota 9039, automatic
Power Reserve 42 hours
Functions Hours, minutes, seconds
Availability 200 pieces per colour
Price A$1,150 (tropic)
A$1,250 (steel bracelet)