Building on a classic dive watch blueprint, the Spinnaker Croft Mid-Size Skeleton Automatic Limited Edition rises above the rest of the field by employing a transparent dial that transforms a vintage-inspired diver into a timepiece that’s thoroughly modern in aesthetics and execution. Available now in limited quantities, the newest release from Spinnaker captures everything that the brand does best by providing outstanding specs at a thoroughly reasonable price, all while offering an aesthetic that’s all its own.
For those unfamiliar with Spinnaker, the brand was founded with the goal of producing accessibly priced watches that offer outstanding value and specs, with a unique design language. While the brand’s watches tend toward the nautical, you’ll find a wide range of styles across the lineup, from divers to meca-quartz chronographs to cushion case watches with California dials. No matter the model, Spinnaker employs a broad range of colors, textures, and unique styles, and each watch is produced with a focus on value and quality.
In the case of the Croft Mid-Size Skeleton Automatic Limited Edition, Spinnaker’s goal was to marry the worlds of sea-faring engineering and fine watchmaking in a novel design that emphasizes the intricate engineering required to create a fine timepiece. By putting the Japanese TMI-NH70 automatic movement on full display on the dial and through an exhibition caseback, the Croft Mid-Size Skeleton Automatic Limited Edition juxtaposes modern materials and construction with the centuries-old technology that powers the watch.
The Spinnaker Croft is housed in a 40mm case crafted from 316L stainless steel — a size that will work for a vast range of wrist sizes. The oversized crown at 3 o’clock and black crown guards emphasize the vintage skindiver case shape. Ensuring that the Croft is up for life in and on the water, the Croft features 150m of water resistance and a screw-down crown.
The classic styling of the case acts as the perfect foil to the striking aesthetics of the dial that place the Japanese automatic movement on full display. The one downside to skeleton dials is that they can reduce legibility, making it difficult to tell the time. In the case of the Croft, legibility is not a problem, day or night. Applied indices filled with Swiss Super-LumiNova ring the dial, while broad sword hands make reading the time a breeze.
The Spinnaker Croft comes in three colorways: Hazy Sunset, Covert, and Granite. Each colorway is available on either a stainless-steel three-link bracelet or a minimal-stitch leather strap and is backed by a two-year warranty. Given the 20mm lug width, it’s simple enough to swap out the strap to match your personal style. The Granite colorway sports vintage cues like an aluminum bezel with red triangle and lume pip, along with gilt markers and hands. Red accents in the dial text and seconds hand round out the package. The Hazy Sunset accentuates those vintage cues even further with a distressed-bronze PVD-coated case. Rounding out the collection, the Covert provides a completely different aesthetic through the use of a black case, silver hands and indices, and a mocha-brown bezel that perfectly complements blue hues on the ring surrounding the movement.
The Spinnaker Croft Mid-Size Skeleton Automatic Limited Edition is available starting November 5th for only $400 for the Hazy Sunset and Covert on leather strap or $465 for the Granite on bracelet. The line is limited to just 1,000 pieces in total and each watch ships in a special gift box. To learn more about Spinnaker’s newest release and the rest of its line, be sure to visit the brand’s website.
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