Yesterday’s Bernhardt post covered their flagship watch.  Today, I’m going to cover what I think is the nicest looking piece in the collection – the Binnacle Anchor.

Now, on the spec side of things, the Anchor shares a lot of similarities with the Sea Shark, including:

  • Miyota 8215 automatic movement
  • 316L Stainless Steel case, 40mm
  • Sapphire crystal
  • 200m water resistance
  • 2 year warranty

Where things diverge is on the styling front – and while I like the Sea Shark, the Anchor really speaks to me – especially in the white dial / orange numerals variant.  Of course, this looks very similar to a Deep Blue watch I showcased here, in terms of color scheme, which may be why I like it so much.  That said, I feel they’re quite different pieces.  Here, with the omission of a timing bezel (fixed or directional), it presents a much cleaner, or dressier, appearance.

This means that the Anchor has some diver heritage to it (in terms of basic style and water resistance), but it cuts a cleaner line that won’t stand out as much in the office, or if you pair it with a suit.  This is even more true if you’d opt for the champagne color scheme.  Of course, in case your leaning towards forgetting the nautical heritage of the piece – you’ve got the anchor seconds hand.

Frankly, I think this is a sharp watch, regardless of which of the three color schemes you select.  And that brings us to the final similarity to the Sea Shark – the price.  This watch also comes in at a great $239.  So, if you’ve been looking to add a diver to your collection, your choice just got a lot more difficult.

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Last Update: September 1, 2012