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The Spinnaker Spence 300 Automatic is the diving newcomer from Spinnaker for the summer of 2022. Even before the market launch, I was allowed to take a closer look at a pre-series model. The reference SP-5097-22 stands out with its dial in a color called Indigo Blue. There is no lack of choice either. Spinnaker has four more color variants on offer – that sounds promising!
Spinnaker has thought of everything
The packaging is refreshing. Instead of a conventional box, the Spinnaker Spence 300 Automatic goes for sportiness and comes in a fabric case that you can take to the sea or on sailing trips if you want to stow the watch. With its typical case, circular indices and diver’s bezel, the Spinnaker Spence 300 Automatic makes a very classic impression. The design doesn’t offer any innovations, but the clientele won’t care about that. Quite the opposite. Those looking for a daily beater for the wrist that is suitable for everyday use will not be disappointed. The three-link stainless steel bracelet doesn’t seem exotic either. Thus, the diver’s watch can also be combined with a shirt or jacket. I particularly like the size. I’ve been looking for a case that is more compact and thus weighs less for quite some time. The Spinnaker Spence 300 Automatic weighs just 100 grams.
While we’re about the case, we should also look at its workmanship. How could it be otherwise, Spinnaker remains true to tradition and uses 316L stainless steel. The workmanship of the robust and durable material is impressive. Such quality is not common in the mid three-digit price segment. The case is also pleasantly flat. Astonishing, considering that an automatic movement was installed here. The 9039-MIY named movement comes from Miyota and delivers solid performance. The manufacturer specifies the power reserve at 42 hours.
Up to a pressure of 30 bar, the Spinnaker Spence 300 Automatic remains water resistant. This value is also above average.
On the dial, the most important information can be read functionally. The distinguishing feature of each Spinnaker Spence 300 Automatic is the color gradient, which three of the five models have. In the dark, Swiss SuperLuminova illuminates all indices and hands. A date window has been omitted.
The Spinnaker Spence 300 Automatic plays to its strengths
The demand for flexibility on the wrist has not escaped Spinnaker. For those who want to change their look regularly, an additional leather strap is available. Both straps offer good wearing comfort. Tools for shortening the stainless steel band have also been thought of.
Spinnaker is considered a specialist for diving watches. However, a look at the model range reveals that a classic diver in the mid-three-digit price segment has been missing. Croft, Cahill and Dumas are all less expensive and interesting for newcomers. Those who wanted to venture into a more expensive model have had little choice. The Spinnaker Spence 300 Automatic scratches the premium segment and is still reasonably priced at just 600,- Euros. While the model doesn’t reinvent the diving watch concept, it relies on the tried and true. A traditional design, good choice of materials and a lot of accessories. If you are looking for that, I can recommend the Spinnaker Spence 300 Automatic!