The last release you saw from Spinnaker was inspired by wooden-hulled speedboats, and the newest piece couldn’t be more different in style. The new Spinnaker Wreck watch is aptly designed to be reminiscent of the ships, aircraft, and other relics that wreck-divers search for. The weathered and time-worn look is immediately noticeable, but it does take skill and great care to make something new actually look old. The new Spinnaker Wreck will come in four versions, each a “wreck” in its own way.
The Spinnaker Wreck bezel and dial are where the eye is drawn first, as the weathered wear and tear can certainly fool you into thinking the watch was just fished out of the deep. The aluminum inserts on the uni-directional bezels are hand-done and abraded, which creates that faded, gentle scraped look. It just looks nice and old, but we don’t go so far as to make you think people are going to ask if you should take the watch in for a servicing!
We made sure to leave the crystal in absolutely perfect condition, since we wouldn’t sacrifice legibility of the watch. The dial, however, is scratched and etched to create the look for which photos do better justice. Of course, the dial distressing is done by hand, not machine, so there’s a different identity to each and every Spinnaker Wreck.
This watch is about function as well as form, so there is a healthy application of lume on the indices, as well as hour and minute hands. The indices are applied and brushed vertically, and you’ll notice the arrow-shaped hour and minute hands have a strong presence themselves. And, of course, we can’t forget the lollipop seconds hand.
The 316L steel case of the Spinnaker Wreck measures 43mm-wide and 14.5mm-thick. Being a dive watch (named the Wreck, nonetheless) this timepiece needs to be able to take a splash, and it is water resistant to 100 meters. Two of the models are designed to look like steel that has spent years on the ocean floor, while the other two are also done in steel but have a weathered-bronze tone to them.
On the dial-side of the case is a sapphire crystal, as well as on the exhibition case back. This reveals the Seiko NH-35 automatic movement which achieves a weekend-length 42-hour power reserve.
The Spinnaker Wreck is available in four versions: the SP-5065-01 has a black dial/black bezel with distressed silver case on brown leather strap; the SP-5065-02 opts for a blueish/slade bezel and dial with blue leather strap; the SP-5065-03 has a green dial/green bezel with a distressed rose gold-colored case; and the SP-5065-04 has a black dial/gray bezel with a distressed rose gold-colored case on a black strap. Note that the colors are technically “rose gold” on the last two but the distressing process actually achieves a bronzish color, which is very cool looking.
The Spinnaker Wreck adheres to the brand’s philosophy of being accessible, and all four models are priced at $280 USD. You can learn more and shop the Wreck over at spinnaker-watches.com.
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