Today, we’re going to have a look at a watch from an Australian company that you may not have heard of – Bausele. They bill themselves as creating Swiss-made watches with a liberal dash of Australian soul. So, how does that translate for us in the States? Let’s have a look!
The model of the Surf we were sent is the Coal, and this indicates what bit of material is included in the crown (the other options are sand or red earth), as well as the major color scheme used for the watch.
On one hand, I very much find the use of the crown interesting – but it does add a bit of bulk to the piece. Perhaps a future iteration could slip this down, or move the crown to the other side of the case. Regardless, it’s a trick way of carrying around a bit of Australia with you.
So, now we’ve got the ‘Coal’ part of the name out of the way. Why Surf? Bausele has intended this to be used out in the ocean (as such, you’ve got 200m water resistance).
Specific to surfing, you actually have a tide indicator on the piece, via the large blue central hand that you might mistake as a seconds hand at first. This, along with the moonphase indicator (subdial at 10 o’clock) you’ll need to set to your locale, but after that, it’s smooth sailing.
I’m not a surfer, so I can’t speak as to the accuracy of the tide indicator, but it did progress logically (or seemingly so) throughout the day. The moonphase indicator, while not rigorously tested either, did seem accurate as well. How is all this managed?
Via the ISA quartz movement housed in the 40mm steel case. This of course drives everything, including the date display at 6 o’clock.One of my favorite parts of the watch came to light when I took a closer look at the straps (you get two with the watch, nice bonus there).
One of my favorite parts of the watch came to light when I took a closer look at the straps (you get two with the watch, nice bonus there). However, to see why I liked them so much, you’ll have to tune in tomorrow!