Spinnaker Spence (Review)

Today we are gonna talk about a new watch from Spinnaker called Spence! It is a new watch, but those who follow that brand will know that they had an older version of this watch with the old Sail logo on the dial. This one I like quite a lot as it is simple, but yet interesting diver. The new Spence comes in 4 different colours (blue, green, black and PVD case with black and gold colour details). I chose the blue version as I think it looks very good plus I like blue dialed watches!

I won’t go into deeper details about the box it comes with, as all Spinnakers come in almost the same boxes with instruction manual and cleaning cloth. We will concentrate on the watch more. The first impressions of the Spence are great! I really like that all the finishing on the watch is matte. I also like how the Arabic numerals look on the grainy textured dial with that Mercedes hour hand.

The case of the Spence is made of 316L stainless steel. The case is very well machines with nice lines and no imperfections were found. The whole case is bead blasted so it has that nice matte look which kind of reminds me of titanium cases. The case shape is round with short curved lugs. The diameter is 42mm, the thickness is 14mm and from lug to lug it measures at 47mm. The watch actually wears and looks smaller than it is. When I opened the box it looked to me that it is almost 40mm in diameter due to the 47mm lug to lug distance. On the wrist, it wears like it too. On top of the case, you will find a 120 click uni-directional bezel with blue aluminium bezel insert. The bezel insert has lumed markings on it and shines pretty brightly in low light conditions. The bezel action is very clicky and precise. There is no play/wobble and it feels very sturdy! The grip is also pretty good and it is easy to turn, but not to the point that you can accidentally turn the bezel and lose your timing. At 3 o’clock we have a pretty big screw in crown with Spinnaker logo engraved on top of it. The crown is pretty bog and very easy to operate which is really great for bigger hands. The screw-in exhibition case back has a flat sapphire crystal on the back with some specifications engraved around it. On top of the case, you will find a flat sapphire crystal too. The water resistance is 200m (20ATM) which is more than enough to swim with the watch and enjoy other water activities with it on the wrist!

The dial on the Spence has this nice grain texture and it is in dark blue colour. Around the dial, there is a white printed minute track with lumed hour markers. The Arabic numerals are applied and also fully lumed. At 3 o’clock we have a square date window with a silver coloured frame which looks quite good, but the thing I don’t like is that they used a white date wheel. The hour Mercedes hour hand and the index minute hands are both finished with brushed finishing and lumed. The lollipop shaped seconds hand also has a little bit of lume. I actually wish that they did the seconds hand in a different colour or at least added some to the tip of it like orange, it would spice the watch up a little bit. The lume actually is pretty good and it has a cool lume shot as you can see from the pictures.

The movement that is inside the watch is Japan made Seiko NH35, which is running at +15 to +18 seconds a day, at least for me. This movement is pretty popular in the microbrand world as 50% of watches that are coming out have this movement inside them. It has proven it’s reliability and easiness to service within many years. You just can’t go wrong with Japan made movements from Seiko. It is an automatic 24 jewel movement with 41-hour power reserve and beating away with 21,600 BPH. Spinnaker also throws on top of the movement a customized rotor in black colour.

The strap on the Spence is really good as usual from Spinnaker! Actually, they now released a lot fo new strap and I wrote a review on a couple of them and you can read it on my website. The dark blue strap looks really cool with the Spence! The strap is very soft and supple. The top is very soft, it feels like suede, but not exactly like it. The underline is black leather. The whole strap actually is water resistant, I don’t know what exactly that means, but I’ve read on their website that you can easily take it in water, but I’d better use silicone strap for it if you want to go swimming. It has some light blue contrasting stitching right by the lugs and on the ends of the strap. The tang-style buckle is signed and made from stainless steel and features the same bead-blasted finish just like the case. The strap width is 22mm and tapers to 20mm at the buckle.

Overall the watch is really great and good looking! This one is definitely a keeper! For the price, you get a very well manufactured watch, sapphire crystals on both sides, Japan made automatic movement, nice quality strap and overall very rugged watch. When it comes to the comfort of wearing the watch it feels very comfortable on the wrist and it isn’t that heavy in my opinion. If you are looking for an everyday diver that doesn’t cost that much and is automatic, this one is the way to go in my opinion!

Price: 285$ @ www.spinnaker-watches.com


Japan Automatic 3 Hands with Date


CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
BEZEL: Unidirectional Bezel
CASE COLOUR: Stainless Steel




BAND: Water Proof Hand-stitched Genuine Leather Strap
BUCKLE: Tang Buckle
BAND WIDTH (mm): 22




WARRANTY: 2 Years International


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