So, how much ‘watch’ does $300.00 dollars get you? A heck-of-a-lot if you’re buying Borealis’ new Scout Sniper. As of late, Borealis has created a strong buzz among watch enthusiasts looking for a timepiece that is well built, fun to wear, and most importantly, easy on the wallet. Borealis boasts on their site that they manufacture timepieces that are made with reliable mechanical movements and clean and easy to read dials using only the highest grade tools and materials. It is with that philosophy in mind that I embarked on this review.
Case Diameter: 44mm
Case Height: 15mm
Lug Size: 24mm
Lug to Lug: 52mm
Bracelet: 316L stainless steel bracelet with split pins and diver extension clasp
Movement: Seiko NH35 (OEM version of Seiko 4R35)
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water Resistance: 300m/ 1000ft
Retail Price: $299.00
I received the overseas package and unboxed the Borealis, which comes in a no-frills type packaging as it provides the watch only the essentials needed for transport. It’s simple, which is what one would come to expect from a watch priced lower than a pair of men’s Oakley sunglasses. So, for you “watch box lovers,” not to worry, as the real treasure is found inside next to the timepiece’s instruction manual.
The Scout Sniper’s dial is matte black, which is a great color choice for this tactical timepiece. I’ve mentioned the “elephant in the room” in previous reviews as I like to get over the “Captain obvious” hump early on. The Borealis Scout Sniper aesthetically resembles a Marathon GSAR while having a personality of its own. If you’re reading this and said “that’s ok,” then we can move on and further explore what makes the Scout Sniper one the best buys in today’s micro brand market.
T-25 tritium filled tubes serve as hour markers on this model with several more tubes riding on top of the white sword hour and minute hands. There is also a tritium tube on the red colored second hand, making this a “tritium tube lover’s” paradise. Yes, I had to word that very carefully! And we’re moving…
Personally, I had never owned a tritium watch until now, and I am pleasantly surprised on how legible the dial is at night. I can hear some of you shouting into the screen, “But tritium tubes don’t work well in ambient light,” which is true, but on the flipside, they will outlast any applied lume when needed most…in the dark! Speaking of lume, the Scout Sniper also has a fair amount of the glow-like material we have all come to sinfully covet. Underneath each tritium filled hour marker you’ll find a luminous numeral indicating the respective hour in a 12 hour format. The lume is evenly applied and, as indicated above, in abundance.
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