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This is a pretty good way to provide a differentiation between the two hands without creating a major clash in styles.  The second hand is in red with a dot of lume toward the tip.  Branding is fairly limited, with “BOREALIS” in the top half of the hour and 300 METERS and AUTOMATIC in smaller white text in the bottom half. Borealis Sea Diver 02

The numbers on the bezel are engraved, which is another tip off that the watch is an entry level diver, as opposed to an aluminum or ceramic ring mounted to the bezel.  If you want that higher end bezel, along with a domed sapphire crystal (the Sea Diver’s is flat) you can look at the Borealis Sea Hawk, which Patrick is in the process of reviewing for the site.Borealis Sea Diver 06

My wife commented that the orange was a bit… too colorful for me when I wore it out for dinner, but I liked it.  The black rubber strap is something that pairs more naturally with the watch, but sometimes, you want to stand out.  The included leather strap (ochre/tawny brown) is thinner and more pliable than the rubber straps, and has contrasting yellow stitching.  All the straps have a branded stainless buckle.

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With a change of strap it is understated enough to work in a business environment (maybe not with a sleek suit, but certainly for the average daily office wear), on the weekend with a punch of color, or when (gasp!) actually SCUBA diving.  borealiswatch

Review Summary
  • Brand & Model: Borealis Sea Diver
  • Price: $229
  • Who’s it for?: Someone moving from quartz to automatics and on a budget.
  • Would I wear it?:  Yes.
  • What I’d change: A little more tension on the bezel.
  • The best thing about it:  Miyota automatic and sapphire crystal for under $250.

4 thoughts on “Borealis Sea Diver, Go deep for less”
  1. Excellent review. Becoming more of a fan of Borealis’ work. However, engraved bezels is synonymous with entry-level or cheap? I just would never envision Doxa’s engraved bezels to be considered entry-level or cheap. However, compared to all the fancier, lumed sapphire or ceramic offerings today, I suppose engraved does take less labor cost to manufacture.

  2. lack of minute indices makes it a fanciful casual watch, nothing more. Nice though. But you can’t compare to the much more functional and durable “tool watch,” the Seiko monster.

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