The Baltic Hermétique collection consists of colorful and vintage-inspired field watches. I say “colorful” because, initially, it was “only” available in brown, green, beige, and blue. Somehow, I didn’t even notice that a black or white option wasn’t available. But one of our readers left a comment underneath Thomas’s hands-on article expressing his surprise at the lack of a black-dial option at launch. Well, it almost looks like Baltic’s founder Etienne Malec saw that comment because now, less than six months after the initial introduction of the Hermétique, he’s launching both black and white versions. But be quick because only 400 of this Hermétique Glacier limited edition will be made.

The more colorful dials of the initial four versions of the Baltic Hermétique were quite flat and matte. As the name of this limited edition suggests, its dial design is inspired by ice-cold glaciers. That’s why both the black and white limited editions have a three-dimensional texture that resembles the texture of those everlasting ice fields. Let’s take a quick look at Baltic’s Hermétique Glacier.

The Baltic Hermétique Glacier

As Thomas already mentioned in his hands-on article, the 37mm case of the Hermétique is inspired by an IWC Hermet case from the ’40s. The new Glacier limited edition has that same stainless steel case, which is 10.8mm thick and spans 46mm from lug to lug. Its sides are horizontally brushed, the top of the case is brushed circularly, and the slim bezel is fully polished. Of course, the integrated crown is still there. This gives the watch an extra level of versatility as it’s equally comfortable to wear on the left or right wrist.

Now we get to the more unique part of the Hermétique Glacier — its textured dials, available in your choice of black or white. Just like the regular versions, the Glacier also has a black railway-style minute track. This time, though, it received a brushed finish, just like the bold center of the dial. It contrasts nicely with the two polished steel rings that mark the transition from the outer to the inner dial. Of course, the characteristic fully lumed numerals and indexes are still there. They stand out, especially on the black version, but because of their thickness, you’ll most definitely notice them on the white version as well.

The syringe hands are polished and have also been filled with Super-LumiNova BGW9. Together with those so-called “super indexes,” you won’t have any problems reading the time in the dark with either of these.

Powered by Miyota

At 10.8mm thick, including its double-domed sapphire crystal, the Hermétique is a relatively slim watch. That’s partly thanks to the automatic Miyota 9039 movement inside. That caliber is only 3.9mm thick, runs at a 28,800vph frequency, features 24 jewels, and holds a 42-hour power reserve. It runs somewhere between -10 and +30 seconds a day. However, as one of you commented earlier, it can easily be regulated to run a lot more accurately than that. The movement is covered by a stainless steel screw-in case back, which helps to achieve respectable water resistance to 150 meters.

Final words

I have to say, I’m a fan of the Glacier. I already liked the original Hermétique a lot. This texture, though, adds something extra to the already great-looking field-watch dial. The white version is my favorite for sure as it looks more like a wintery landscape. But the black version doesn’t look bad either. The numerals do stand out a bit more against the darker dial behind them.

I don’t think you can go wrong with either of these. Both look equally elegant, especially at their very affordable price point. The white or black Baltic Hermétique Glacier limited edition can be yours for €600 (ex. VAT) on a strap. The white version of the Hermétique Glacier comes on a white Tropic-style rubber strap and the black version on a black rubber strap. The other option is to get it on either a beads-of-rice or flat-link stainless steel bracelet. In that case, the watch will cost €665 (ex. VAT). Whether you choose the rubber strap or the bracelet, you’ll still get an additional black canvas strap with it for free. The Baltic Hermétique Glacier is limited to 400 pieces in total, with 200 in each color. For more information, check the official Baltic website.

What do you think of this new limited-edition Baltic Hermétique Glacier? Would you go for black or white? Let me know in the comments below.

Watch specifications

Hermétique Glacier
Black or white textured dial with indexes made out of Super-LumiNova
Case Material
Stainless steel
Case Dimensions
37mm (diameter) × 46mm (lug-to-lug) × 10.8mm (thickness)
Double-domed sapphire with antireflective coating on underside
Case Back
Solid stainless steel, screw-in, with laser-engraved specifications
Miyota 9039: automatic and hand winding, 28,800vph frequency, 42-hour power reserve, 24 jewels
Water Resistance
15 ATM (150 meters)
20mm width, black or white FKM rubber Tropic-style strap or stainless steel beads-of-rice/flat-link bracelet. Also includes a complimentary black canvas strap.
Time only (hours, minutes, central seconds)
€600 (ex. VAT) on rubber strap / €665 (ex. VAT) on stainless steel bracelet
Special Note(s)
Limited to 400 pieces in total (200 white, 200 black)