Hemlig Prototype 1st Impressions

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Hemlig Prototype 1st Impressions

Post by Ryeguy » Mon Oct 04, 2021 8:54 am

I really appreciate it when brand owners like Todd allow general watch enthusiasts the opportunity to preview one of their watches. It shows a level of confidence in his product that is well-placed with this new Karlskrona Hemlig.

I'm usually up for taking a prototype out and doing some "stress testing" with it, such as taking it surfing in some pounding hurricane enhanced waves, but Todd let me know this prototype was a 1 of 1 and I needed to be a little more gentle than my normal knucklehead self.

That said, I have taken my "general release" Hemlig out surfing numerous times and am confident this new version will hold up just fine.

So, instead of surfing, I took the prototype out for an evening in Portsmouth and around the neighborhood over the weekend.

First, next to my OG Hemlig:
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You immediately notice the Prototype's aluminum bezel is much "blacker" and the numbers are a much bolder print than the ceramic bezel insert on the original. I like this look over the ceramic. I know many folks will argue the technical merits of ceramic over aluminum, but I just think the aluminum suits the style of this watch better.
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The Hemlig case wears very well even on my skinny wrists. You can see the lumen blocks on the black dial here. There is no lumen on the bezel, but again, that is fine considering the nature of this watch. This design was definitely built around the directive of being readable "at a glance".

The prototype does away with the red tip on the second hand. I don't think this influences legibility at all.
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The Hemlig Prototype heading out to dinner. If ever in Portsmouth, I recommend Cafe Mediterraneo's lobster ravioli with a nice glass of chianti.
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...and you definitely need a walk around town after that meal.
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another shot from this morning just to get a look at it in natural light
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Post by Ryeguy » Mon Oct 04, 2021 8:55 am

Here's one more from this morning just to see it in natural light
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Re: Hemlig Prototype 1st Impressions

Post by Morethan1 » Mon Oct 04, 2021 10:00 am

Looks good

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Post by HapaHapa » Mon Oct 04, 2021 1:04 pm

No food pics?

The town background looks like a great place.
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Post by Ryeguy » Mon Oct 04, 2021 2:14 pm

HapaHapa wrote:
Mon Oct 04, 2021 1:04 pm
No food pics?

The town background looks like a great place.
HA! If I known you wanted food pics, I should've ordered something with spinach. I can make lobster ravioli disappear so quick you need high speed film! :lol:

Yes, Portsmouth NH is a cool little town. It is kind of like a mini Boston's North End with lots of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

There used to be a fantastic music scene here years ago, centering around a little bar called The Elvis Room. The Dropkick Murphys got their start around here and Al Barr still lives down the street from me. He used to be the singer for a local band called The Bruisers.

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Post by HapaHapa » Mon Oct 04, 2021 4:24 pm

Ryeguy wrote:
Mon Oct 04, 2021 2:14 pm
HapaHapa wrote:
Mon Oct 04, 2021 1:04 pm
No food pics?

The town background looks like a great place.
HA! If I known you wanted food pics, I should've ordered something with spinach. I can make lobster ravioli disappear so quick you need high speed film! :lol:

Yes, Portsmouth NH is a cool little town. It is kind of like a mini Boston's North End with lots of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

There used to be a fantastic music scene here years ago, centering around a little bar called The Elvis Room. The Dropkick Murphys got there start around here and Al Barr still lives down the street from me. He used to be the singer for a local band called The Bruisers.

Great sound! Would love to be able to catch some tunes like that.

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Post by streetracer101 » Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:29 pm

I agree. Second gen looks better. Send it to me to compare against the Paradong.

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Re: Hemlig Prototype 1st Impressions

Post by watches503 » Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:19 am

Looks pretty perfect to me. Low key sweet eye candy that nobody else will notice, but it’ll make you stare at it many times throughout the day. Thanks for sharing.

Was the issue with big gap between lug holes and case handled ? I would probably wear it on grey and military green canvas, so I gotta ask. I got countless NATO’s but haven’t used in years.

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Re: Hemlig Prototype 1st Impressions

Post by Bradystraps » Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:11 am

watches503 wrote:
Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:19 am
Looks pretty perfect to me. Low key sweet eye candy that nobody else will notice, but it’ll make you stare at it many times throughout the day. Thanks for sharing.

Was the issue with big gap between lug holes and case handled ? I would probably wear it on grey and military green canvas, so I gotta ask. I got countless NATO’s but haven’t used in years.

Hi Luis,
The lug gap was definitely more pronounced than I had wanted on the Baltic and Nordic Shield cases. I don't think the Hemlig cases were affected and I tried to keep the spacing with the drilled lug holes balanced to fit both Nato style straps as well as other dive straps.

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Re: Hemlig Prototype 1st Impressions

Post by watches503 » Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:43 am

Bradystraps wrote:
watches503 wrote:
Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:19 am
Looks pretty perfect to me. Low key sweet eye candy that nobody else will notice, but it’ll make you stare at it many times throughout the day. Thanks for sharing.

Was the issue with big gap between lug holes and case handled ? I would probably wear it on grey and military green canvas, so I gotta ask. I got countless NATO’s but haven’t used in years.

Hi Luis,
The lug gap was definitely more pronounced than I had wanted on the Baltic and Nordic Shield cases. I don't think the Hemlig cases were affected and I tried to keep the spacing with the drilled lug holes balanced to fit both Nato style straps as well as other dive straps.

Best,
Todd
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Re: Hemlig Prototype 1st Impressions

Post by AtomicTom » Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:57 am

Have to agree, the prototype looks perfect already, and I hope the finished
version looks just like it. :excited: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: I mean it captures that classic Type 1
feel perfectly really, and you know the quality is there to match the looks. :salute:
That is one thing you can't always count on. Even if was the vintage original.
But if the prototype is already leaving you in awe. That is saying something
I think. ..Saying that this one is pretty spectacular ! :clap:

And have to say, that something else spectacular, is that you got to have
fun with this watch like this, and give us this ultra cool review !!!

Thanks a bunch Chris, AND Todd !!

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Re: Hemlig Prototype 1st Impressions

Post by DatN » Tue Oct 12, 2021 6:42 pm

Well, I got sloppy seconds and it didn’t disappoint. First thing I have noticed is how light it feels on the wrist. Given the blasted finish, it looks (and feels) like it’s made of titanium. I know this is supposed to be a “nato watch”, but I could only take that look for a few minutes to take a quick picture. I switched it to the thinnest canvas strap I had to show the fantastic placement of the lugs.
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Re: Hemlig Prototype 1st Impressions

Post by Bradystraps » Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:25 am

Thanks, guys. I am glad you both enjoyed your brief time with the LE! One thing I did work hard on was getting the "wearability" correct. I feel there is nothing better than a watch that doesn't burden the wrist nor needs to be constantly adjusted to be comfortable. I think the LE on a lightweight Nato or canvas strap achieves this goal.
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Post by rockmastermike » Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:11 pm

This was the perfect opportunity to try this case shape as I have had other asymmetrical cases but not this particular one and it does not disappoint.

This has a lot of parts working together such as the heft and solidity of the case, the (bead blasted?) finish, matte bezel and dial, all working together for a great visual and wearing experience.

I appreciated the subtle Trident logos: one on the buckle, 6:00 side nato hardware and on the dial....which show in the direct light but you have to look for them to see them, and I like that. Obviously very legible and strong lume, too.

120 click bezel that aligns perfectly.

Personally, ymmv, I love the diffraction at certain angles of the crystal - you can see in a picture below

The moment I took it out of the case I was impressed and after a couple of days wearing the Hemlig, I am still impressed.

Sunrise:

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Hangin out:

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Distortion from the crystal and Trident

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Outstanding Lume

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and finally, Sunset

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