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Spinnaker Cahill Mid-Size Automatic Watch Offers Slimline Alternative To Classic Model

Spinnaker Cahill Mid-Size Automatic Watch Offers Slimline Alternative To Classic Model Watch Releases

The Spinnaker Cahill series is one of the most popular and versatile in the whole brand catalog. Its mixture of palatable colorways, timeless designs, and modern proportions has made it a fan favorite, but the recent trend toward more classical diameters has created a gap in the market that is now filled by the Spinnaker Cahill Mid-Size Automatic watch. The Mid-Size is not only reducing in width but also thickness (down to 13mm from 16mm), resulting in a comfortable, low-profile desk-diver that looks at home with both suits and shorts.

Spinnaker Cahill Mid-Size Automatic Watch Offers Slimline Alternative To Classic Model Watch Releases

At 40mm, the Spinnaker Cahill Mid-Size shaves 3mm off its forerunner’s diameter. The scaled-back proportions do no harm to the watch’s functionality or robustness, with 150 meters of water resistance retained, achieved through excellent machining tolerances, a threaded caseback, and a screw-down crown. Impressively, the Cahill Mid-Size Automatic is fitted with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal that offers an excellent view of the textured dial beneath.

Spinnaker Cahill Mid-Size Automatic Watch Offers Slimline Alternative To Classic Model Watch Releases

It was important for the brand to give the dial a distinct character so that it stood out from its larger predecessor in more ways than its dimensions alone. The new Mid-Size has a modern design with oversized hour markers treated with generous helpings of Swiss Super-LumiNova to offer maximum legibility in poor light. The 3 o’clock marker makes way for a neat and unobtrusive date window, while a flash of red or orange text just above the 6 o’clock marker brings the display to life.

Spinnaker Cahill Mid-Size Automatic Watch Offers Slimline Alternative To Classic Model Watch Releases

Surrounding the dial is a uni-directional timing bezel with a luminous glass insert. The pared-back sans serif font is easy to read and complements the restrained design and layout of the dial. There are three models available in this new sub-collection: two models with an untreated 316L stainless steel case with either a black (SP-5075-11) or blue (SP-5075-22) dial and one blackened case and bracelet with gold accents (SP-5075-33).

Spinnaker Cahill Mid-Size Automatic Watch Offers Slimline Alternative To Classic Model Watch Releases

Inside the Spinnaker Cahill Mid-Size is the tried-and-tested Miyota 8215 movement, renowned throughout the industry as a cost-effective and highly reliable Japanese alternative to Swiss-made calibers. The 8215 caliber boasts automatic- and hand-winding, a date display, a 42-hour power reserve, and an operating frequency of 21,600vph. A branded rotor weight is visible through the display caseback.

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Spinnaker Cahill Mid-Size Automatic Watch Offers Slimline Alternative To Classic Model Watch Releases

The wearability of the Mid-Size is improved by its tapering bracelet, which starts at 20mm between the lugs before narrowing towards the buckle. The buckle itself is a secure fold-over design, which, along with the bracelet links, is made from solid stainless steel as well, adding a reassuring heft to the timepiece. The three options available are priced at $350 for references SP-5075-11 and SP-5075-22 and $400 for reference SP-5075-33. ABlogtoWatch readers can also purchase the Cahill Midsize for 20% off by using the code “ABW20” during checkout on spinnaker-watches.com.

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  • Hannibal

    As far as vintage-inspired watches go, this one is actually pretty good! I really dig the design and the price is just about right. The only thing that I would probably change is the movement, as I think that Seiko’s NH35 presents better option than pretty obsolete Miyota 8-series. Now, if it were 9-series, that would be completely different story…but enough nitpicking, I find this a very good diver for the money, and compelling watch overall, so – thumbs up from me!

  • Lingua Franca

    Ooh, close but not quite a Baltic Aquascaphe… Baltoc’s 1mm less, no date, non-asphalt dial and “beads-of rice” bracelet is still worth the extra 300 or so…

    • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

      I watched a review on the Baltic. Nice watch, but suffers from the same malady as the Spinnaker.

  • SuperStrapper

    This watch is awful. The decision to use this handset unironically would be funny if it weren’t annoying just in how tedious seeing it has become.

    • AlbieC

      Because they’re basically Rolex sport style/copycat hands, right? Minute and second hands seem a bit short, and overall, the hands seem too small/insubstantial for the dial… but then, I feel the same way about the original inspiration Rolexs’ sport model hands, as well.

  • Ugo

    it’s not bad, but i’d definitely change the hands…

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    I turned off the “PBJ Auto Response” so I may read the entire article. I like the Spinnaker brand and will not hack on their movement of choice. Many of their designs appeal to me, but some of the movement selections are a definite “no sale”

    This Cahill mid sized is a model that looks quite nice to me. (funny that 40mm is now considered mid size) The Mercedes style hands are a questionable choice but work anyway. The textured highly readable dial & sapphire glass are pleasant. The bezel glass insert looks good, but I wonder about it’s durability. The bracelet reminds me of the Polo S bracelet (I really have to pick up one of those)
    Overall just a nice looking basic casual fun watch. The blue dial would be my choice.

  • Independent_George

    Not bad, I guess, but that handset makes it a hard pass for me.

  • Charlie Sherlock

    I have a Spinnaker, one of their Bradner range. It a fun watch. I was very impressed with the quality. I’m more of bracelet person so this is a welcome addition. Without a doubt the blue dial. A lot of watch for $290 (including discount).

  • eric veracruz

    I like this upstart watch maker. They actually do their homework with respect to design and execution of each model. This goes for all of their lineup. It is a fresh alternative to grail watch watchphile aim for. It would be nice if they come up with more variety and after market straps and accessories. Kudos to the folks at Spinnaker Watch Co.

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