Ah yes, it is time to talk about the Hawk of the Sea. Wait. Hawk of the Sea? Is that such a thing? Well, actually it is. (I had to look it up, I know about watches, not birds). A Sea Hawk, or its official name, the Osprey, is a fish eating bird of prey. What does this have to do with a new micro brand diver? Well, I guess not much really, but I just wanted to share my research with you.

Onto the new Sea Hawk model; Borealis has given their customers a smaller version of the Seafarer of sorts, with this new model coming in at 42mm, and a lug to lug of 50mm. The Sea Hawk retains some of the same DNA as the Seafarer, like the snowflake style hands, all stainless steel case and bracelet, and BGW9 lume. Borealis listened to the feedback from the Seafarer, and added a signed crown, a smaller diameter and length, and a lower profile.

Please check out my video presentation below:

 

One thing of note that I want to point out, is that many watch enthusiasts want to dub this an homage of the Tudor Pelagos. And except for the snowflake hands, the Sea Hawk is nowhere near being an homage to the Pelagos. It is actually more of an homage to vintage Tudor models.

As I have spoken about in previous reviews, Borealis is trying to offer the most value for the buck they can, and the Sea Hawk is no different. They really listened to their customers and followers, and for the $355 price point, you definitely get a lot of watch for the money. The Sea Hawk, as all other Borealis models, comes in very simple packaging,  which is not worth going into detail about. But we are not here to talk about packaging, we are here to discuss how the Sea Hawk competes in the micro brand world. Please see full specifications below:

Case size: 42mm by 50mm

Case and bracelet:  316L Stainless Steel

Crystal: Double Domed Sapphire

Movement: Seiko NH36 automatic

Lug Width: 22mm

Case height: 15.9mm

Weight: 220 grams unsized

Bezel: Ceramic

Lume: BGW9 Superluminova

Water resistance: 1500M

Price: $355 USD

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While I do not want to compare the Sea Hawk to the Seafarer through this entire review, since they are somewhat similar and I reviewed the previous model on WatchReport as well, it is hard not to. The first thing I noticed about the Sea Hawk was how much more comfortable it was, for me, on my 7 ½ inch wrist. I normally wear larger watches than 42mm, but the Seafarer’s long lug to lug made it a little difficult on the bracelet for it to be easily wearable. This should not be an issue  with this new model, it should feel great on an array of wrist sizes.

I've been an avid watch lover since the age of 7. Watches are not only my hobby but a passion. My favorite style used to be dive watches, but field or non bezel watches have been growing on me. When I'm not reviewing watches I am either cooking or with family and friends.

1 Comment

  1. “With this well under $400 price point, they have certainly packed in many of the features us dive watch enthusiasts look for…” – Precisely. Other Micros will have to take note.

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