We have reviewed a Spinnaker Spence before and that was the SP-5063. It is a very popular watch and very minimalistic. So Spinnaker decided to introduce a newer version, the Spinnaker Spence SP-5066. There are four version in the new Spence collection and the one we will e reviewing is the SP-5066-03.
Material : 316L Stainless Steel
Diameter (mm) : 42
Thickness (mm) : 14
Case back : Exhibition casing with custom rotor
Indexes: Applied Indexes with Swiss Super- LumiNova
Dial: Grain texture finish
Type : Automatic Seiko NH35-TMI, 24 Jewels
Origin : Japan
Material : Stainless Steel
Buckle : Tang
Width (mm) : 22
Water Resistance : 15ATM
Crown: Screw down crown for time and date
The Spence sits as a classic diver watch born of the late 1950s and 1960s. Mid sized proportions work superbly in framing a clean yet detailed diver equipped to handle the rigours of the oceans.
The first thing you will notice is the dial. It is small compare to the previous Spinnaker watches we have reviewed. This is mainly because of the large bezel. The watch style of the watch follows the previous Spence however there are numerals on the index and more features on the bezel. From the first look, it feels like a solid watch.
The dial is busy with numerals and different bar sizes to mark the index. The numerals are large and bold. It is legible from far. You will have no issue reading the watch underwater for sure. The numerals have also been lumed for visibility at night. We are not great fans of lumed watches as most of them fail to meet our standard. The lumed on the Spinnaker Spence SP-5066-03 is good but not great. The lume will need to be recharged after a while.
The background has been give a dark green grainy texture. The dark background does help to improve legibility as it contrasts against the index. The grainy texture is a good feature instead of the usual plain background.
The hands design are the ‘Mercedes’ type. The hour hand has the Mercedes logo while the minute hand straight and simply. The design of the hands have been well thought of as it will help to easily distinguish between them during low visibility. The hands have also been lumed. The second hand is thin and has a ‘lollipop’ type design.
The colour theme really goes well with all aspect and features of the watch. The stainless steel casing stands out from the dark green colour used on the strap and background, while the light lime green bezel makes sure it is not lost.
The case is 42mm in diameter and 14mm in width. However given its large diameter, the watch does not look big on the wrist. The bezel takes a lot of the space and this helps to make the watch look small on the wrist. In terms of comfort, the watch sits well on the wrist and the curved lug forces the watch down and bring the focus to the dial.
The crown is pretty large and very much noticeable. That been said, it helps with the aesthetic of the watch. It helps to balance look of the watch from the large bezel. The crown will poke the wrist but this is not a major issue.
The Spinnaker Spence SP-5066 has a mineral glass and it is flat. Given the size of the width, the flat glass is a good idea, otherwise a domed lens would have made the watch even bigger. Reflection is at its minimal on the glass and legibility is great.
The bezel has 120 clicks and the movement is flawless. Each click has a good grip and a clicking noise can be heard well when turned. The bezel marking are of dots and rectangular boxes. Each has been lumed and seeing this watch during the night with all lumed feature in action is simply stunning.
We are not convinced about the strap. The strap is made from genuine leather and has a suede touch to it. There are different colours of green interacting with each other and it does look great, but we are a little sceptical of its choice. We would have rather gone for a green silicone strap just for convenience and performance.
In terms of comfort, the strap does need breaking into and does sits well on the wrist. Smaller wrist will have no issue with fitting, as there are enough holes.
The movement is nothing new. It is a Automatic Seiko NH35-TMI, 24 Jewels, with 41 hour power reserve. It is a reliable movement and we have come across it in many Spinnaker Watches. The time accuracy is around -20/+40 seconds per day, subject to movement and use. We do not think a more powerful movement will do any great improvement to the watch, but it will definitely increase the price.
Buy, Shortlist or Avoid?
First let us discuss the price. The watch retails for $285/ £230/ €255. Given the price and the features of this watch, we would say it is a good investment and you should buy. The watch has a solid movement, built for endurance and will last you for a long time. If you do not like the green colour, there are also three other models which you may like.
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