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    Borealis Cascais Diver Review

    There have been a few reviews written already about this watch, all of which appear to be positive. This one is leaning positive as well. This was on pre-order several months ago so I shot off an email to Maria Ivanova at Borealis and three days after they started shipping this one showed up. Very nice leather or faux leather case included a NATA strap, warranty etc. This item arrived in a well wrapped package with a lot of padding. Reminded me of some folks I know. 8-)

    The bracelet -
    Well made, far superior IMHO than those offered by Seiko or other brands at this price point which is less than $500. Probably equal to Hamilton in quality but far better than most micros offer. Large bracelet with ample room for the heavy weights or bar bell crowd. Although I have large wrists (not 8" anymore due to illness) I am guessing someone with a 9" wrist could wear this comfortably. There is a real working and simple diver clap. Just push in the tabs on the clasp and you have a 1" extension for those who like to wear rubber, either in the water or just around the house.


    For the lume heads, plenty to be happy about here- Photos of lume were taken after 15 minutes in sunlight and 30 minutes after being in the dark.

    Lume compared to the Revue Thommen 300 meter diver which is pictured below. Both watches were subjected to the same conditions.

    The case is not as bulky as the Revue Thommen nor as some other dive watches I have owned. Sits on the wrist comfortably, no visible gaps between the case and my wrist. The case itself houses a STP1-11 automatic movement, which is supposed to be equivalent to the ETA 2824-2. A double domed sapphire crystal with A/R coating inside makes this watch easy to look at in glaring conditions.
    I chose the Black Dial with Pencil Hands, No Date & C3 X1 Lume. The Large block markers are used at the 12,3,6,9 o’clock with large round markers fill in the rest

    The bezel is 120 clicks, ceramic and tight, no shim noticed and I am picky about that.
    This is a well made watch and if you want to purchase a watch that looks good, feels good on the wrist without breaking the bank I would recommend you take a look at this one. All in all I enjoy wearing this watch and you might also.
    Tech Specs from Borealis
    •Materials: 316L stainless steel
    •Cathedral hands or Pencil Hands depending on variant (hours, minute, seconds)
    •Movement: Swiss STP1-11 Automatic
    •Crystal: Double Domed Sapphire Crystal with A/R coating inside
    •Bracelet: 316L stainless steel with precision adjustable buckle
    •Dial: 1-12H markers with Swiss C3 Super luminova
    •Measurements: 42mm, Thickness:12.6mm,Lug to lug:45mm
    •Water Resistance: Water Resistance: 300m/990ft
    •Swiss Made C3 X1 grade or Superluminous BGW9 Superluminova applied to dial, watch hands and ceramic bezel
    •Screwed Case Back with engraved mermaid


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    Every day and in every way

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    Thank you for the review.

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    Another Member crownpuller's Avatar
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    Bristol UK
    That looks like a lot of watch for the money.
    Love the lume.

    The clasp is very familiar:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koimaster View Post
    ... those who like to wear rubber, either in the water or just around the house.
    Hmmmm, let's not get into that.
    Some people have opinions - The rest of us have taste.

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    optimistic pessimist hayday's Avatar
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    Maine, USA
    That's a nice looking diver, that is. Enjoy!
    The pessimist says it can't get any worse while the optimist says it can.

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    Dec 2014
    Nice review!

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