A while back, a new surfing-oriented watch company, Aulta, asked me to representation one of its
initial timepieces, a Leeway chronograph.
positively desired wearing a watch and didn’t many take it
off many for several months.
Like many new arrivals to a horological marketplace, Aulta
started with quartz movements.
we have no issues with quartz, distinct some watch lovers. In fact,
a watch we wear many is a Citizen Eco-Drive quartz chrono that I
bought roughly 15 years ago. It’s been using clever for over a
That said, we possess a few involuntary and involuntary watches as well.
This is where Aulta is going with a new Acuatico line — watches
powered by workhorse Japanese Miyota 8215 movements (40-hour
energy reserve) and offered for $240.
we tested a square with a
blue face and a stainless-steel bracelet, and we tested it for
about 3 months solid, operative it into my revolution of about a
half-dozen watches. The Acuatico is unabashedly an
involuntary diver watch, that puts it in one of a most
rival segments of a business. The duke of this area is
of march a Rolex Submariner, that goes for about
But there are many, many other dive watches we can buy,
and for distant reduction than 8 grand. So how does a Acuatico stack
As it turns out, we have what is substantially a best budget
choice to a Rolex Sub, a Seiko Diver’s, a watch that’s
been around for decades and is worshiped by watch enthusiasts. To
be honest, we cite it to a Sub, aesthetically, although
there’s no doubt that a Sub is a improved investment.
The Seiko is labelled about a same as a Acuatico and also
uses a Japanese movement, though one that Seiko produces
For me, a watches were unequivocally opposite — and that, I
think, is a vast certain for Aulta. The company’s whole concept
is to make watches that can go from boardroom to surfboard in a
singular day. They are stylish apparatus watches.
But a Acuatico is among a many toolish of their current
lineup, mostly since it’s dictated to be an attractive
watch that can mount adult to a rigors of a sea (or at
slightest a swimming pool).
The initial thing we notice about a watch is that
it’s heavy. It’s not overly large, during 41mm, though it
is substantial. The bracelet is superb, nonetheless it doesn’t have
a wetsuit-friendly diver extension. The wrist participation here is
serious. A turquoise clear means good blemish resistance, the
unidirectional rotating bezel is solid, and a screwdown crown
is located during a 4 o’clock position, a informed plcae for any
Seiko Diver owners (the date window is also there).
The face is a contented French blue, a sword hour and
notation hands are skeletons, and a second palm is orange, a nice
contrariety with a face. The indices are vast dots and hashes, and
a lume is sincerely good. With a 200-meter abyss rating and
screwdown caseback, a Acuatico will be some-more than able of
station adult to surfing, if not any kind of vicious scuba diving.
Snorkeling should be fine.
I’m not unequivocally a left-wing when it comes to a timekeeping
correctness of stout Japanese involuntary movements. They tend to be
beaten — and beaten badly — by anything quartz. But that isn’t
a point. The movements in both my Seiko and a Aulta aren’t
meant to tarry striking and bashing, and they do a reasonable
pursuit of revelation we how prolonged you’ve been underwater. Neither Seiko
nor Aulta uses a see-through caseback — first, since the
movements aren’t that many to demeanour at, though also since good dive
watches don’t have them, a improved to safeguard water-tightness.
As many commenters and enthusiasts have forked out, we see this
form of watch on dive boats some-more mostly than imagination Swiss pieces
since it’s no vast understanding to remove one to Davy Jones’ locker.
But as distant as watches go, the Acuatico is less
tool-looking than a Seiko. As a result, it’s some-more adaptable. It
fits ideally with Aulta’s diversion devise and give a association a
good-quality watch to representation during those folks who won’t once
cruise a quartz movement.
The heft of a watch was a usually emanate we had with it.
This could be rather addressed by switching out the
bracelet for something lighter, or by selecting a version
with a polyurethane strap. Still a watch itself is
weighty, something that will interest to many buyers, though that for
me finished me conclude a lighter weight of many of my other
But that’s me. we don’t generally like complicated watches, so I’m
a bad beam on this front. The bulk of a correct involuntary is a
offered indicate for many watchmakers, generally in a tool-watch
On balance, the Acuatico is a fine initial foray
into involuntary timepieces for Aulta and adds a new angle to
a code but introducing a bank-busting option. The watch
feels like it should cost twice what it does, generally if you
go for the bracelet. The aesthetics of a face and the
peculiarity of a immaculate steel meant that the Acuatico
will substantially demeanour illusory on a accumulation of aftermarket straps,
we indeed cruise this competence be an glorious present package for the
watch: $240 for a bracelet version, and a good leather strap
(something like this,
from Worn Wound). The watch partner in your life with
substantially conclude a combination.
Aulta competence not nonetheless have a credit of a Seiko or Rolex, but
a association has finished a good pursuit of building a code around an
nautical lifestyle and hasn’t let peculiarity slide.
The Acuatico is a estimable addition.