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Aerotec Sea Hunt

Aerotec Sea Hunt

Manufacturer: Aerotec | Price: €250 EUR ($280 USD, £225 GBP approx)

Introducing the Aerotec Sea Hunt Diver, a vintage inspired dive watch. The Sea Hunt features a stainless steel case, unidirectional ceramic bezel, Italian aged leather strap and C3 Super Luminova. The Sea Hunt conveys Aerotec’s commitment to definitive style with timeless roots. The smooth sweep Miyota 9015 automatic movement and domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating stay true to the quality and aesthetic of Aerotec.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: Case Diameter – 40mm, Thickness – 14.1mm, Lug to Lug – 48mm, Lug Width – 20mm
  • Movement: Miyota 9015 Automatic, 28,800vph (4Hz), Hackable, Self Winding, 42hr Power Reserve
  • Case Material: Fully Brushed 316L Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 165g on Bracelet (Sized)     Extras: Leather & NATO Straps
  • Bracelet: Brushed 316L Stainless Steel, Solid End-Links, Screw-Pins, Signed Clasp
  • Crystal: Double Domed Sapphire, AR Coating 
  • Bezel: 120 Click Unidirectional, Ceramic
  • Water Resistance: 50ATM / 500m
  • Lume: Swiss Super Luminova® C3
  • Crown: Signed, Screw Down      Caseback: Screw Down, Stainless Steel, Small Display Window
  • Warranty: 2 Years, International    Where to Buy: Pre-Order on Kickstarter from August 2019
  • Options: Colours: Blue, Burgundy, Meteorite

The Case

The case of the Sea Hunt is 40mm. The lug to lug is 48mm and the overall thickness, including the double domed sapphire crystal I measured at 14.1mm. The entire case, bezel, caseback, crown and bracelet are all 316L stainless steel. The Sea Hunt also has a water resistance rating of 500m / 50 ATM, thanks to the screw-down caseback & crown.

Bracelet / Straps

The bracelet that is included with the Sea Hunt is nicely made and has solid end links, screw pins for resizing and a signed clasp. The clasp is pressed which is disappointing. I’d have much rather the money they spent on the packaging (which is lovely by the way) they spent on upgrading the bracelet to feature a good quality milled clasp. The links are brushed to match the case and the clasp has a fold-over locking mechanism as well as the twin push-button release on the sides. There are also three micro-adjustment holes to make sure that you do get a lovely fit.
 
Disappointing the bracelet may be, you can tell where the money saving exercise has been done. One included strap that comes with the Sea Hunt, a black & burgundy NATO is all fine and dandy and it looks of good quality with nice hardware (I’ve never been a fan of any NATO straps to be honest).
 
One of the main attractions of the watch for me though, is the Italian aged leather strap. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I’d wear it over the NATO or bracelet each and every single time. It is of brilliant quality, quite soft & supple. The length of the strap is also great, but it maybe a bit short for those with wrists larger than mine at 7″. The length being 110mm / 70mm not including the buckle. Talking of the buckle, it’s very nicely brushed and signed.

Movement

The chosen movement for the Aerotec Sea Hunt is the smooth sweep, high beat, ultra-reliable Miyota 9015. The 9015 is a slim Japanese made 28,800vph, 24 jewel movement regularly compared to the Swiss made ETA 2824-2. Checking the accuracy after running the Sea Hunt for around a week, mainly in my Barrington Watch Winder, I was happy with the results, still within tolerances with it showing an average of +9.2spd.

Dial & Bezel

The Aerotec Sea Hunt has a 120 click unidirectional bezel with a lovely ceramic insert. It is of good quality and everything does line up, although the action of the bezel feels a little ratchety to me and there is a tiny bit of backplay.
 
The dial has neatly applied indices with rectangle indicies at 3 & 9 with a triangle at 12. The logo at the 12 o’clock position is also applied and I feel it’s a very nice logo that’s been chosen by Aerotec and it does match the overall aesthetic of the watch nicely. The text on the dial is nicely printed and very legible. The hour and minute hands are great in my opinion and also suit the dial. I also like the seconds hand with its lumed arrow shaped head & red tip.
 
I understand that the Sea Hunt that I was sent is a pre-production example, however there is a date complication at the 6 o’clock position that looks misaligned to me. Just ever so slightly, but I noticed it straight away when I opened the box. Maybe it’s not the date window itself, it could be the small indicie just below it. Either way it is still a shame as the dial layout is very nice. I’m sure it’ll be rectified during quality control on the actual production models. Anyone that’s read my previous reviews will know I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to date windows… Talking of which, where’s the colour matched date wheel? Surely it’s not that difficult to implement?

Conclusion

This watch from Aerotec is actually a great attempt of what is, their very first watch. When I first seen the watch renders on their website, I thought it looked great hence why I reached out to them to acquire a review sample. Aside from the small niggles that I mentioned earlier it is a very nice watch.
 
This review was slightly rushed as the watch has to do its review tour before Aerotec launch it on Kickstarter. I would however, like to see and maybe edit this review if I could get a press loaner of their actual production model once it’s ready.
 
Aerotec – Great job! Well done on the design of the Sea Hunt.
7.5/10

RECOMMENDED – 7.5 / 10 (The Sea Hunt would get a higher score if the small niggles are ironed out for the final production models).

A huge thank you to Terence from Aerotec for sending out the Sea Hunt for review.
 
To view the Aerotec website, or to join their mailing list to be informed of updates and new models, visit Aerotec.

 

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  1. Fantastic watch, loving the new website Will

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