Reviews and Media

From respected watch experts, and prominent journalists to everyday enthusiasts and watch lovers, Nomadic has received critical acclaim.


"The Nomadic Maraí 401 wears like a charm. I love the watch’s size and its slim profile. Combined with the qualitative bracelet, it makes for a great daily watch.

During my time with it, I was seriously impressed by how easy it was to wear. Many modern-day divers from bigger brands are thicker, and once you get a somewhat slimmer dive watch, it is a breath of fresh air.

The great thing is that people with various wrist sizes can enjoy the Maraí 401, so hats off to Nomadic for creating a watch that is a joy to wear.

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Watch gecko - Interview

In this video, we talk to Peter McAuley, the founder of Nomadic Watches, a Northern Irish watch brand that's putting Belfast on the global map for watchmaking.

The brand is only a few years old but we wanted to talk to Peter about his experience and what drives him to create the best watches possible.

In this interview, Peter shares his story and details about Nomadic Watches and what we can expect in the future from his team.

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Britt Pierce

AKA Watch Gringa

"There's actually a lot of cool hidden gems in this watch... It's a pretty strong alternative to the BB58 especially if you want something slightly larger"

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Oisin O'Malley

"My favourite things about this watch are that it’s a slim watch and therefore it’s elegant. You can wear this with a nice shirt on your way to a restaurant, or with jeans and t-shirt…

This watch is one of the most legible I’ve actually ever owned and for under a thousand bucks it has some of the best lume, by far, that I’ve ever seen. I actually put it up next to some Rolex watches and it lasted longer overnight, I don’t know how they did it at this price point, but they did."

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There's no question that the Nomadic Turas 914 is worth the cash. At £1,050 the spec sheet alone is well worth the cost of admission.

The build quality and overall fit and finish is just fantastic, with a reassuring weightiness. For me, Nomadic absolutely deserve consideration in the same vein as brands like Christopher Ward. And given my noted admiration of those brands, that's high praise indeed.

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Nomadic Watches Marai 401 Emerald Abyss

Watch Brothers

“Nomadic has consistently impressed fans, and their Emerald Abyss – Maraí 401 is no exception.

While some might draw parallels to the Tudor Black Bay 58, it’s more accurate to say that the Maraí 401 is inspired by it rather than a direct homage.

Nomadic has crafted something uniquely special at an exceptional pricepoint. Having tried it on, the watch exudes comfort, hugging the wrist perfectly with its short, down-turned lugs.”

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DeeTimeLove Show

"What you can expect from the brand is that they are very quality driven, so it's going to be finished to a very high standard, good bezel action, good bracelet and at this price point you know there is other alternatives however I think they're definitely worth a look at.

The loom is really good, very impressive, they've applied many different layers of the Swiss luminova on this time piece and I was very impressed with that and the bezel.

Overall if you're looking for a quality time piece and you don't want to go with The Usual Suspects this could be a very good alternative for you.

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Close up Nomadic dive watch with Harland and Wolff yellow seconds hand Belfast watch

Hafiz J Memood

"Looking closely at the hour markers, the surface finish and the quality is impressive… You’re not just getting applied indices, but ones that offer a very refined experience"

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Oracle Time Magazine

If there’s one design element that defines the Maraí, it’s not their good looks dredged from the golden age of 50s diving. It’s not their respectable specs and tool watch functionality. It’s a small yet unmistakable detail...

For some watches a coloured second hand would be a throwaway detail. Here, it might just be the most thematically important part of the Maraí 401.

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The Irish times

“My dad had a few nice watches when I was growing up, but I was never really super-bothered about them. Then when my uncle passed away, I inherited a couple of really high-end watches from him. Now, I like travelling, and I like diving and sea-swimming, and I was really nervous bringing those watches with me doing that, worrying that I’d damage them or lose them. So that’s where the idea began."

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The Business Post

Nomadic founder finds the time is right for a luxury watch for rugged use. The Belfast-based business makes affordable high-end adventure-proof timepieces inspired by the city’s shipbuilding industry

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We love a watch with a story. It’s why we’re huge fans of the Omega Speedster... It’s also why we’re intrigued by a new watchmaker from Ireland called Nomadic.

Based in Belfast, Nomadic leans into the city’s shipbuilding history to give more context to its Maraí 401 collection.

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The Irish News

New Belfast watch brand worn by Grammy-award winning Titanic musician opens city centre HQ

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