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Borealis Bull Shark V2 Black Snow Pattern Dial Mercedes Hands no Date BBSV2AA

Model: BBSV2AA

Introducing the Borealis Bull Shark, a dive watch born from the depths of imagination.

Inspired by the vintage reference 6538 from the 1950's no longer produced and part of history, the Borealis Bull Shark pays tribute to this classic style using 21st century technologies.

Sure to keep up with your active lifestyle, it has been thoroughly tested for water resistance up to 300m (1000 ft), a ceramic bezel that stays firmly in place even at great depths, and an easy-to-read dial. With its brushed and polished 316L stainless steel case and bracelet, it is sure to be both classic and trendy at all times.

A high double domed sapphire crystal brings to life its classical and timeless design.

With a total height of 12.60mm including its double domed sapphire crystal it is a durable and sturdy time piece capable of being your every day travel companion.

The dial, watch hands are made with thick Swiss Made RC Tritec BGW9 lume applied to it in order to guarantee a perfect illumination and easy readability in darkness.

The Borealis Bull Shark V2 collection is available with two distinct automatic movements: the Miyota 9039 for the no date versions and the Miyota 9015 for the date versions.

Technical Details:
  • 316L Stainless Steel Case
  • black snow pattern dial with Swiss Made RC Tritec BGW9 lume applied to indexes
  • Miyota 9039 Automatic Movement
  • premium bracelet with clasp
  • Case diameter: 38 mm excluding crown
  • Lug to Lug length: 47.00mm
  • watch height including sapphire crystal: 12.60mm 
  • Lug width: 20 mm
  • 120 clicks black ceramic bezel with BGW9 lume applied to numbers and markers
  • Signed screw down crown with Borealis logo made of 316L stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 300 meters or 30 ATM
  • Sapphire crystal doubled domed glass with anti-reflective coating inside
  • Watch hands filled with Swiss Made RC Tritec BGW9 lume (hours, minutes, seconds)
  • Screwed Case Back made of 316L Stainless Steel with engraved mermaid
  • Dial with applied markers
  • Bracelet with single side screws
  • 12 months warranty
Free shipping for orders over $450.00 USD

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
A Great Watch

A great watch

Very few flaws.

Let's get the negatives out of the way first.

Borealis have managed to create a bracelet that has female end links (yay) but it functions like a male end link bracelet... This is because the final part of the bracelet isn’t able to articulate 180 degrees inside of the separate end link, it catches inside of the end link and sticks out, effectively like a one piece male end link.

Female end links are good because they don't unnecessarily add to the lug to lug length, whilst enabling the bracelet to articulate straight under the watch, making it more comfortable and a better fit for those with smaller wrists. The way the Borealis bracelet is designed it should work like this, but it doesn’t.

The bezel insert… for my opinion a bezel is either fully indexed (60 minute markers) or just the final ten or fifteen markers + the main numbers. At first glance the Bull Shark looks very Mil-Sub with it’s fully indexed bezel insert… but wait… let’s count them.. 52 marks… so (a bit like the bracelet) it’s neither one thing or the other…

Now if the above sounds a little petty.. well it’s because the rest of watch punches WAY above its weight (and by that I mean price point).

The bracelet is solid and comfortable, it has screwed links (not push pins like some YT reviewers have stated), the spring bar that connects the 6 side to the clasp doubles as the detent for the fold over locking flap (no cheap friction lock here), the clasp itself is sturdy and overall the tolerances are good.

It tapers 20mm to 18mm at the clasp (20/16 would add to the comfort in my opinion) and well there’s not much else to say.. sturdy and comfortable and well made.

The watch head is where things get interesting!

The classic Submariner style dial/hands need no introduction and work as well here as they do in all the dozens and dozens of other watches that use them.

The markers are applied and give the dial a real 3D depth.

I was a little unsure about the ‘snow pattern’ dial… but in the flesh it’s great… unnoticeable most of the time.. except in bright light, then the dial takes on a matte textured finish that catches the eye and reduces reflections (aiding legibility).

Perhaps the logo could be slightly further down the dial, but that’s just my taste.

The bezel clicks with precision and a pleasant tactile feeling.

The crown is large, yet not deep (ie big diameter/small height) making using it a joy and it doesn’t dig into my wrist

The lume is frankly insane! It needs little provocation to pick up a charge and 30mins under my kitchen LED light before bed is enough to still be able to see the time in a dark room in the morning.

The case is -in my opinion- extremely well done.

Firstly smaller watches are coming back (finally) and Borealis have beautifully combined a 38mm watch (a shade under 38 on my caliper) but with ‘regular’ sized lugs – the 47mm lug to lug (not including the end links ;) gives plenty of wrist presence, yet the watch is still small.

The sides are brushed (not the de rigueur mirror shiny sub-a-like sides), under magnification or close up if your eyes are good the brushing is vertical, but at normal viewing distances the finish is very much satin and gives the piece its own ‘toolish’ look. A wonderful Bexley bevel edge and drilled lugs gives the case its 6538 vibe. Stylistically the lugs curve downwards a little, but don’t extend past the depth of the case back which means the watch sits quite flat on the wrist (if you have a flat wrist…)

The caseback engraving seems nicely done.. truth be told I can take or leave caseback engravings, so I’ve no comment there.

Using a true no date movement for a no date watch (eg no phantom date click on the crown) is commendable and still not as common in the microbrand space as it should be

I have a (silly) little theory about appraising watches… take a springbar out… look at it, play with it! Is it quite fat? Is it strongly sprung? Are the tips wobbly? If your watch brand is using cheap and nasty springbars where else did they cut corners….? No drama at all here with Borealis – in fact this little attention to quality details is something I’ve noted throughout the watch.

So that’s it!

A well made, comfortable and well designed watch, legible day or night and for what it costs in the ecosystem of watches.. it’s a great watch.

Some points on mine which I feel will be sample dependant.. But worth mentioning

My bezel pearl is about ½ a click out of alignment (sadness)
The B logo on the crown is correctly aligned when the crown is screwed down (happiness)
After seven days since setting the time my example is six (yes 6) seconds fast, so it’s gaining under a second a day.

A few words about Borealis themselves:

I reached out to them with questions, they responded to every message I sent (it was a lot!) very quickly (in some minutes usually) and very helpfully. Trust me, not all brands do


1. Prefect size of 38 mm diameter for my smaller wrist; indeed it looks much balanced on my wrist than my other 39 mm watch, so interesting that 1mm makes difference.
2. Bezel rotating and clicks is so smooth & positioned.
3. Beautiful & bright lume.
4. Very comfortable to wear.

Peter Šiket

Borealis Bull Shark V2 Black Snow Pattern Dial Mercedes Hands no Date BBSV2AA

Marco Doninelli
Awesome watch!

Fantastic finishes and very accurate details. Excellent portability even for small wrists. Fast delivery (two days). Top!

Игорь Кравец

Borealis Bull Shark V2 Black Snow Pattern Dial Mercedes Hands no Date BBSV2AA