As you know, we love Spinnaker watches. We love the quality of the watches and the design. The last Spinnaker watch we reviewed was the Croft. Now we have another watch to review, the Spinnaker Watches Spence 300. The model we will be reviewing is the Pitch Black.
Movement : Japan Miyota 9039 Automatic
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Case Diameter (mm) : 40
Case Thickness (mm) : 10.9
Lug to Lug (mm) : 48
Lens : Sapphire Lens with Anti-Reflective Coating
Bezel : Unidirectional Bezel with Black Aluminum plate
Dial Color: Black
Band : 20mm Stainless Steel Bracelet with Fold Over Buckle and Push Button
Extra Band : 20mm Dark Blue Genuine Leather Strap
Water Resistance : 300m
Warranty : 2-Year International
Love it! From the first look, you just want the watch on your wrist. The blue dial and the stainless steel goes hand in hand and makes the watch really stand out. Despite its large casing, the Spinnaker Watches Spence 300 does not look large on the wrist. Overall, really impressed, but will the rest of the features meet our expectations?
The dial is simple and this is what you want on a diver watch. There is not a lot of features on the dial and we like the minimalism look on the Spinnaker Watches Spence 300.
The outer index is made with batons, with smaller bolder batons to mark the five minute interval. It is clear to read and white colour contrasts well against the pitch black background. The inner index is your classic diver watch index. It is made from circles and batons. The circles are positioned in between the quarter intervals while the batons mark the quarter intervals. The circles and batons on the inner index are larger and bolder. Swiss Super-Luminova has been applied on the inner index. It is bright enough, however it does need charging.
The hands style used varies. You have alpha hands for the minute hand, arrow hands for the hour and then lollipop hand for the second hand. They all go well together, and they also have been give Swiss Super-Luminova coating.
The overall colour scheme goes really well with the dial. The pitch black dial and the white indexes complement each other and it does work well. This has to be one of the best looking diver watch we have reviewed.
One slight issue is missing date window. There is enough space for the date window and it would have done no harm to add it the to the dial.
The casing is 40mm by 10.9mm. While is it not the biggest watch we have reviewed, we actually like the size. It fits well on the wrist and it is very comfortable. Having a larger size would be ideal for people who have larger wrist as it casing might get lost.
The 316L Polished stainless steel fits the watch perfectly. Again it give it the iconic diver watch look.
The crown has teeth cut design for good grip however adding a crown protector would have added more appeal to the casing and watch overall.
In terms of the bezel on the Spinnaker Watches Spence 300, an aluminum plate has been used. The bezel is unidirectional and the 120 clicks is smooth and crisp. While misalignment is a key issue with bezel, there is no issue with the Spence. The index on the bezel matches the outer index to perfection. Some numerals have been used on the bezel’s index, at each ten minute interval and Swiss Super-Luminova has only been applied on the batons. Another sticking point, why not add the Luminova on the numerals?
Sapphire Crystal lens has been used, with anti-reflecting coating. Glare is at its minimal and the numbers along with the index is legible. The lens is flat, which also helps to remove any glare and brings your attention to the dial.
Inside the Spence 300, there is a Japanese Miyota 9039 Automatic. It is a reliable movement with many upcoming brands using the movement. The time accuracy is also pretty well. We are looking at –10 ~ +30 seconds per day. Unfortunately you will not get to see the jewels and rotor as the caseback is closed. It has been engraved with Spinnaker Watches’ logo. The watch is water resistance up to 300m and this should be the minimum expected for a diver watch.
Two straps are provided with the Spinnaker Watches Spence 300. You have a stainless steel bracelet and a genuine leather black strap. Both strap fits around the wrist well and a link removal tool has also been provided to adjust the stainless steel bracelet. In terms of comfort, both straps are very comfortable. Look wise, the stainless steel strap matches the overall aesthetic of the watch and goes really well.
Buy, Shortlist or Avoid?
As always, we need to discuss the price. The Spence 300 retails at $650/ £550/ € 647. The watch is up the mid market price range and some of the features on the Spinnaker Watches Spence 300 does justify the price. However, we think you should shortlist the watch. It is an extremely good looking watch, and the fact that it comes with two straps is a great add on but we do not think it justifies the price.
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