Borealis Cascais Diver Review

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Borealis Cascais Diver Review

Postby koimaster » June 19th 2017, 4:08pm

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-)

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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.

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Lume-



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.


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

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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.

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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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Re: Borealis Cascais Diver Review

Postby eddiea » June 19th 2017, 4:16pm

Maria Ivanova??...that sounds hot.....
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Re: Borealis Cascais Diver Review

Postby conjurer » June 19th 2017, 4:19pm

koimaster wrote:This item arrived in a well wrapped package with a lot of padding. Reminded me of some folks I know. 8-)


I don't have a lot of padding. I'm big boned.

Nice review, BTW!
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Re: Borealis Cascais Diver Review

Postby biglove » June 19th 2017, 6:44pm

Some nice photos of this one. Ceramic bezel, nicely done and even lume. Looks like a winner.
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Re: Borealis Cascais Diver Review

Postby artman » June 19th 2017, 6:57pm

Congrats! Very cool watch, but you gotta show a pic of the mermaid!
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Re: Borealis Cascais Diver Review

Postby TemerityB » June 19th 2017, 7:35pm

Great review of a diver that's quite off the beaten path, at least where I live. Looks good on ya as well. I'd be interested in finding how that STP holds up; first one that I've seen someone actually own.
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Re: Borealis Cascais Diver Review

Postby Datsun240Z71 » June 20th 2017, 4:01am

Very nice. Good for you!
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Re: Borealis Cascais Diver Review

Postby codguy » June 20th 2017, 4:55am

Nice review (and sans fluff).
To a solid looking watch and purchase :Beerbang:











Post Script- Appears the Vette is due for a detail :D
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Re: Borealis Cascais Diver Review

Postby TemerityB » June 20th 2017, 7:24pm

A wee bit off topic: That Thommen is really sharp, too. Hits all my sweet spots.
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Re: Borealis Cascais Diver Review

Postby bedlam » June 20th 2017, 8:09pm

Thanks Koi :-)

I find I'm quite liking the thin bezel trend. There have been similar styles on Blancpain and Halios watches recently too.
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Re: Borealis Cascais Diver Review

Postby koimaster » June 21st 2017, 9:29am

artman wrote:Congrats! Very cool watch, but you gotta show a pic of the mermaid!


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TemerityB wrote:A wee bit off topic: That Thommen is really sharp, too. Hits all my sweet spots.


I am taking photos of it to review it perhaps this weekend.

bedlam wrote:Thanks Koi :-)

I find I'm quite liking the thin bezel trend. There have been similar styles on Blancpain and Halios watches recently too.


I find the thin bezels give my old eyes a better view of the dial and I like that. Also like the lack of the date on the watch. They did a good job on this for the price point. Missing those diving photos by the way.


codguy wrote:Nice review (and sans fluff).
To a solid looking watch and purchase :Beerbang:




Post Script- Appears the Vette is due for a detail :D


On the agenda if I can pry it away from my daughter who seems to have adopted it. :roll:
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Re: Borealis Cascais Diver Review

Postby PiningforElgin » July 3rd 2017, 5:45pm

For the price looks like the bracelet and lume are great from this review. Definitely will keep this brand in mind if I ever need another beach and water activities wear.

People with experiences - how does this watch compare to Ginault or the automatic version of Lum-tec diver?
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Re: Borealis Cascais Diver Review

Postby koimaster » July 10th 2017, 10:25am

TemerityB wrote:Great review of a diver that's quite off the beaten path, at least where I live. Looks good on ya as well. I'd be interested in finding how that STP holds up; first one that I've seen someone actually own.



As an update for your question, the movement is spot on, +8 seconds per day with a power reserve of over 40 hours according to my own observations. Well pleased with it. The movement is an alleged clone of the ETA 2824 but I suspect it might be based on the ST2130 ebauche which is a 2824 clone. I cannot confirm that without removing the movement at this point but either way, it has done a good job for me.


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