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Reverie Sea Spirit Watch Review

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Based out of Singapore, Reverie is a small brand founded by Samuel Tay, an individual determined to create his own “dream watch.” This is often the case with microbrands, it seems. Sometimes people aren’t satisfied with their available options and decide to create something on their own. No matter the outcome, this is certainly tough to do in an already crowded space, but with the Reverie Sea Spirit, Samuel has crafted a watch worthy of his dreams. Now let’s take a look to see if it’s worthy of your time.

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Starting with a 316L stainless steel case, the Reverie Sea Spirit is 41mm and is a slight cushion shape with a 22mm lug-width. I am personally a sucker for cushion-shaped pieces, so this alone initially drew my attention. One of the first things you will notice with this piece is the guilloché dial. The Reverie Sea Spirit watch was crafted to be nautical in its theme and the guilloché “waves” represent the churn and swirl of the ocean. Regardless of the inspiration, the execution certainly payed off, and the dial gives a nice shimmering effect when you play with it in the light. Theres is an offset small seconds between 4 and 5 o’clock with a separate guilloché pattern within. The hands are wide and the hour markers provide a contrast of legibility-boosting white.

Reverie Sea Spirit Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Around the dial is a white sectioned time track, and there is a date indicator at 3 o’clock. Date windows are often a sore point and can be quite divisive for watch enthusiasts. Obviously, I see the pros and cons of each side, and I happen to prefer a date window. I can appreciate the cleaner aspects of dials without them but the practical side of me just wants to have it there, so this was not a con for me this time around. The crystal is antireflective-treated sapphire, and there is another sapphire crystal on the caseback as well to view the Miyota 8218. More on that in a minute.

Though it is nautical-inspired, I would not view this piece as a “wear on the beach” watch by any stretch. It is rated for a 10 ATM water resistance, but this is more of a dress watch than anything. And that’s fine. It works in that sense, and overall the feeling is that a lot of care went into this piece.

Reverie Sea Spirit Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Reverie Sea Spirit Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Reverie Sea Spirit is powered by the Japanese Miyota 8218 which offers a 40-hour power reserve. With startup watch brands the Citizen-owned Miyota is oftentimes the go-to selection for an outsourced automatic movement. Aside from throwing an ETA in there, there aren’t usually a lot of options for newer companies that want to make an entrance onto the market with an automatic movement while still pricing in the sub-$1,000 range. There is nothing wrong with the Miyota, and it has powered many watches with its reputation as a reliable Japanese movement. Though it isn’t the prettiest movement, Reverie still wanted you to be able to see the 8218 through the caseback. I might have opted to have a simple enclosed back with a design of some sort, but it doesn’t detract from the experience at all.

Reverie Sea Spirit Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

A lot of smaller brands often rush to get a product out, and as I’m sure you have noticed, there is an overload of small companies all putting out ultra minimalistic watches with super plain dials. So when I see something like the Reverie Sea Spirit I can recognize someone trying to create something outside of “the norm.” At any rate, I also happen to really love guilloché, and when it is done right, it is a thing of beauty. This is not a brand that is espousing to “break the barriers” of the luxury market like some claim to do. This is just a watch-lover that decided to make a piece they wanted to wear. That’s all.

Reverie Sea Spirit Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Reverie Sea Spirit Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

On the wrist, I found the Reverie Sea Spirit works as a piece to wear to the office or casually with jeans on the weekend. You see, Reverie actually produced two variants of the Reverie Sea Spirit: one with a deep blue dial and the other (which I have for review) a darker “anchor-black.” The black is a little classier, I think, and it was able to slide in and out of several styles of fashion for my purposes.

Reverie Sea Spirit Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Reverie Sea Spirit Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Reverie Sea Spirit ships in a simple black, ribbon-tied box and comes with two different straps. One is black leather with a Reverie-branded butterfly clasp while the other is a “sailcloth”-inspired black strap for more casual use. Reverie opted to equip the straps with a “convenient strap-change” design so switching between the two is a cinch. I am glad to see more and more brands doing this, and it makes it easy to change your style on the fly without having to get your kit out.

For the average buyer considering an automatic dress watch, bigger brands offer a lot of fierce competition in this $400-$500 price range and it can be difficult for smaller, startup brands to penetrate this market. For example, when someone comes to me saying they are looking for a decent, dependable automatic watch they don’t have to baby, I often point them in the direction of a tried and true Seiko 5. Though admittedly not always as “polished” in appearance as the Reverie here, and significantly less expensive, they take a licking and keep on ticking. We also recently covered this Martenero, and while it is certainly more modernist than the Reverie Sea Spirit, it illustrates the variety available to us watch lovers in this price range.

Reverie Sea Spirit Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Reverie Sea Spirit Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Reverie Sea Spirit is very comfortable and light enough that sometimes I forget I have it on. In a world of giant watches, this is a quality that I find is of increasing importance to me. It might be silly, but I actually prefer something lightweight, and the Reverie Sea Spirit fits the bill in that regard. I had several people ask me about this watch, and the first thing they always said was something to the effect of “oh I like that dial!” The guilloché really takes this piece up a notch and lets it stand out from the smorgasbord of cookie-cutter watch producers I mentioned earlier. It is always great to see something original that keeps its distance from the current trends. The Reverie Sea Spirit is a watch for those who want something unique without breaking the bank and have a fondness for interesting dials.

Reverie Sea Spirit Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Reverie Sea Spirit is part of a limited run, and the two models were produced in 125 pieces each. At the time of writing, they are already sold out of the “deep-blue” models. The “anchor-black” variants are still available, though, and pricing is $420. reverie.com

Necessary Data
>Brand: Reverie
>Model: Sea Spirit
>Price: $420
>Size: 41mm
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Someone looking for a reasonably priced, eye-catching automatic watch, perhaps as an entry into mechanical watches.
>Best characteristic of watch: The dial. The guilloché is easily the coolest part of this piece.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Limited run makes it hard for fans just learning about the brand to get their hands on one. Reverie is developing other models as we speak, however.

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  • Luciano

    The dial looks horribly cheap, like from a $100 watch. And why not using a strap with the right size of the lugs? Buyers money would still be better invested in a Seiko.

    • Samuel T.

      Thanks for the feedback Luciano – I will work on that for the next collection.

      Cheers,
      Samuel

  • DR

    I rather like this watch: it looks honest enough, and some thought and love seem to have gone into its creation. If anything, it reminds me a little of the Perrelet Turbine series of watches (which is a lot better than yet another micro-brand Submariner rip-off).

    The price seems fair, given the economics of starting a watch company. Plus the enthusiast in me always wants to encourage a company which still has an “outlook.com” email address! The Rolexes and Pateks of this world had to start somewhere, and I think we should welcome those who feed our passion for watches with original offerings.

    I can’t see what harm this watching is doing in the world, so good luck to Mr. Tay!

    • Bill W

      Amen

    • Samuel T.

      Thanks for the kind words DR!

      Cheers,
      Samuel

  • Dénes Albert

    I am quite curious: why have “Soli Deo Gloria” on the case back?

    • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

      Glory to God Alone…an acknowledgement that means that everything that is done is for God’s glory to the exclusion of mankind’s self-glorification and pride.
      Glory to God alone
      Glory to God alone, also known as Soli Deo gloria, is one of the Five Solas of the Reformatiom meaning all the glory is due to God alone,
      since he did all the work — not only in the atonement of Christ, but even granting the faith which unites us to Christ and brings us into the salvation provided by his atonement.

      • Dénes Albert

        Thanks, buddy. I do know what it _means_, but still can’t figure out why it should be on the case back.

        • Samuel T.

          Dear Dénes,

          Please allow me to clarify the reason behind the inscription. It is a reflection of my faith and a reminder to give thanks for any success Reverie achieves. I understand this may seem slightly idealistic on my part, but that is essentially why ‘Soli Deo Gloria’ is engraved as such.

          Cheers,
          Samuel Tay

          • Dénes Albert

            Thanks Samuel – many artists dedicated their work to God and it is a perfectly valid reason. Best of luck in your venture!

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I just can’t figure why they would engrave that on the back of a watch.

      • Shinytoys

        Can a Jewish guy wear it without fear of retribution :)…or will the watch not keep proper time ?

        • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

          Such a foigel you are. Of course it will work correctly !

          • Shinytoys

            Haha haha…I feel better

  • ??????

    The guilloché dial makes this watch stand out and the handset looks good as well. The rest of the watch makes me think twice: I would prefer to have another caliber, maybe hand wound: Sellita SW 215-1 (even at increased cost it involves) or Seagull ST3600. Match it with a better strap like Swiss Ammo and voila! Potentially great watch.

    • Bill W

      I like that they’re using two different styles of guilloché and I like the pull tabs for the spring bars. But look at the uneven case lines on the back between the lugs. It’s not good.

      • ??????

        Right, I noticed that issue with the case from the back. I still find it acceptable considering the price and pleasant front look.

  • Leon Pereira

    I guess it’s a limitation of the movement design but i would have preferred the small seconds to be on the left side- between 6 to 8. Makes it look more balanced. Nonetheless a great effort from a fellow Singaporean, though i agree with Luciano that the strap/ lug mismatch is a bit lazy.

    • Samuel T.

      Thanks for your thoughts, Leon. I will improve on that for our next collection.

      Cheers,
      Samuel

      • Leon Pereira

        Cheers Samuel and all the very best on achieving your passions and dreams!? ?

  • CognacSocialist

    For the price, this is a great watch. The case is well-finished, with brushed and polished surfaces. The watch has a decent mechanical movement. The dial and hands also are nice. I wish the manufacturer well.

    • Samuel T.

      Thanks for your well-wishes!

      Cheers,
      Samuel

  • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    Nicely designed – Now focus on Quality control and Good Fortune to You!.

    • Samuel T.

      Thanks, will work on that going forward.

      Cheers,
      Samuel

    • Shinytoys

      and tweak the price to about $375.00.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    What’s God got to do with anything ?. Not a fan of this watch. it’s rather clumpy in design and the guilloché work on the face i guess is meant to lift the rather drab looking face. It didn’t work, it’s a distraction. I don’t like it at all.

    • Samuel T.

      Dear Raymond,

      Thanks for your thoughts. Please allow me to clarify the reason behind the inscription. It is a reflection of my faith and a reminder to give thanks for any success Reverie achieves. I understand this may seem slightly idealistic on my part, but that is essentially why ‘Soli Deo Gloria’ is engraved as such.

      Cheers,
      Samuel Tay

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Hi Samuel.

        Thanks for taking the time out to reply to me. You of course have the right to engrave anything you want on your watches and i totally respect your right to do so, even if it does conflict with my thoughts on the matter, but, thats life
        .
        Best wishes

    • Shinytoys

      with G-d on your wrist, how bad can things get 🙂 $400.00 for the keys to the castle “)

  • SuperStrapper

    Glory to God: for it is he who alloweth mine to partake upon the divine catalog of watch parts and put forth the median of mediocre time scribing devices. What say ye unbelievers? That his parts bin handset is of pilots design? I bid thee to fasting and repentance for 20 days and 20 nights, and on the 21s you shall hearken a second part of the foxed and unlikely story, where I recount upon my travels on an aeroplane as a child by means of making this oversight in design purposeful. Rejoice!

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Mumbo Jumbo

      • SuperStrapper

        Yes. Was trying to make it understandable for you.

  • Shawn Lavigne

    something about it just doesn’t come together.

  • Shinytoys

    I think this watch is stunning with the guilloche face and the correct sized hands. It’s the right average size case with beautiful finishing, and a time proven engine that won’t leave you at the side of the road. I’d like to see the watch sell for a bit less, but I think this piece is a winner. Well done…

  • NC

    It looks like it was chemically polished with those blunt edges everywhere. I like the design but it would be so much better with sharper creases and just a brushed finish.

  • Jason

    Wow, i actually thought this was a 10K watch at first glance.. very nice !!!

  • Yojimbo

    biiiiiiit too large and it looks almost chromed where it doesn’t have the faint brushing, I dunno, it’s a pass for me but a great first effort

  • Sheez Gagoo

    This is actually a nice (not bad at all) watch. I haven`t thought that after all this kickstarter turds there once will be a decent timepiece. Just very little to complain.

  • Neill Levine

    Enjoying my blue one! It really stands out in my collection – no dial like it. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/abb3d2f84dcc336d8f1dc0b517bb63acd1039ca2b3ab3bab54c5500b43356c68.jpg

    • Samuel T.

      Thanks for sharing, Neill. Glad you enjoy the watch!

      Cheers,
      Samuel

  • word-merchant

    I wish I could make a purchase, but I’m currently only in the market for watches inspired by motor sports or pilots, which I agree is rather obscure. When I find such a watch, with the correct grade of homage, I will of course immediately let the internet know.

  • hatster

    I do smile when folks see a new, independent watch launch and suggest some sort of mass-market alternative. That kind of misses the point entirely. You would buy this exactly because you DON’T want to own a Seiko, surely? I like it and at that price, seems pretty reasonable. As we Brits say, it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I would consider buying it. We are a critical bunch on here, including me. But I like…..

  • Ulysses31

    A very handsome attempt, but with a dial that is a little too glossy.

  • A Havings

    beautiful simplistic timepiece, a little overpriced in my oppinion as there are tonnes of decent quality watched out there for less that look better, i am a fanatic so i collect all types in most ranges. I want to share Royale Timepieces as one of the other suppliers that i use purely for dress watch and show pieces, I have prchased 4 styles from them and wear 2 or 3 of them on rotation most of the time (pardon the puns!)