Today, we are going involved with an interesting new watch from a brand we initially wrote about in 2016. Back then, Swedish brand E.C. Andersson was running a Kickstarter campaign to subsidize its first model, the military/marine inspired North Sea . As you may recall, the campaign was ultimately successful, and the principal collection sold out. Presently, the team are back with their second collection, the North Sea II, which looks very like the primary version yet features a number of subtle, yet significant, updates. Given the ubiquity of the first model, keeping the same esthetic is definitely not something awful. Read on for our detailed review of this comfortable yet powerful timekeeper, that is cheerfully, still additionally very affordable.
Scandinavian design is renowned for its focus on functional simplicity, without compromising on the details and North Sea II certainly lives up this reputation. The overall design has a certain rawness to it, giving the watch something of a modern look and feel. It’s clear this watch has been worked to be worn taking all things together circumstances and E.C. Andersson says exactly that in its marketing copy: “we need to create watches with superior grade, developed to endure all challenges, occasions and environments in your day by day life.” Ostensibly, I would say they’ve succeeded. The North Sea II is indeed powerful and functional, yet it’s likewise versatile and looks similarly as at home on a boat as it does in the office.
Like the first North Sea, the North Sea II is offered in a nicely-sized, 40mm cushion-shaped, steel case. At 12mm, it is 2mm thicker than the main model, however, this is because E.C. Andersson decided to further stabilize the movement with a new strong metal holder. There are likewise new dials clamps, all of which required a marginally thicker case. The objective of these changes is to achieve the highest level of shock ingestion possible, making the movement more strong and reliable. In line with this increased thickness, the crown has been expanded by 1mm in diameter to better harmonize with the case just as to house a sturdier screw-down mechanism.
The parallels to Panerai are certainly undeniable however I wouldn’t venture to such an extreme as to call this a homage piece. In fact, I believe it’s pretty clear that E.C. Anderson are doing whatever it takes not to emulate the historic Florentine brand, even on the off chance that they have drawn some motivation from it. The carries are short and curved, ensuring a cozy fit on the wrist, and the moderate case size means it wears very comfortably. A screw-down, lock-in crown and a strong, sealed case caseback, ensure the case remains water confirmation to 100m. There’s additionally a black PVD-coated version, on the off chance that you need something a little more stealth looking.
The dial of the North Sea II is relatively simple yet still shockingly striking. From the outset, it’s in some ways evocative of the dial of the Rolex Sky-Dweller, with the exposed white calendar wheel in the center contrasting firmly against the matte black dial and a red triangle indicating the current date. Once more, I’m not sure if this is an intentional homage, despite the fact that E.C. Andersson does mention on its website that the North Sea II is a watch that honors the heritage of horology. What I can say, however, is that I quite like this design and believe it’s a clever method to stand apart from the crowd without resorting to cheap gimmicks.
Overall, the dial itself is very legible. Hours and minutes are displayed centrally, with large mallet markers at 12, 3, 9 and 6 o’clock, and specks at the other hours. Every one of them, alongside the hands, are covered in glowing paint to ensure most extreme legibility, even in low-light conditions. A rail line track chapter ring goes around the outside of the dial for the minutes. What is absent from the first model is the central seconds indicator, which I believe is more in-line with the moderate design of the dial. What’s not apparent outwardly is the fact that the hands have been made from a lighter material than on the primary North Sea, and tighter tubes have been used on the central stem to increase tension and improve communication between the hands and the movement in an offer to further increase the accuracy of the watch.
Inside the North Sea II is the powerful and reliable Seiko Caliber NH05 Automatic, the same as the first North Sea. However now, all movements are hand-regulated to achieve an accuracy-level comparable with much higher end marks, a significant improvement according to the brand. As a result of these and the above mentioned improvements to the accuracy and reliability of the movement, E.C. Andersson have increased the guarantee on the watch to 3 years. The NH05 offers a power reserve of 50 hours and is extremely reliable, not to mention easy to service, in spite of the fact that with careful wear you should just need to do that every decade or so.
The North Sea II is available on your choice of a range of lashes, including NATO, vulcanized Italian rubber and a steel, Milanese-style mesh bracelet. As you can see in the photographs, we reviewed the model with the rubber lash and discovered it to be very comfortable. I’m likewise quite inclined toward the NATO lash, which would make the North Sea II a great summer watch, albeit the mesh tie is tempting too.
Currently there are three versions of the North Sea II available: North Sea II – Steel Mesh (€580.00), North Sea II – Black Edition (€550.00) and the standard North Sea II we reviewed here (€590.00). Each is available in a limited, separately series of 250 pieces. Overall, the North Sea II is a great watch for the money. Well-sized, comfortable and different enough to stand apart from the crowd without being gimmicky. More details on www.ecandersson.com .
Technical Specifications – E.C. Andersson North Sea II
- Case: 40mm diameter, 12mm thickness – 316L stainless steel, brushed and polished – sapphire crystal on front – 100m water resistant
- Movement: Seiko NH05 –automatic winding – power reserve of 50 hours – hours, minutes, date
- Strap: rubber or steel mesh with steel collapsing clasp, or NATO strap