Spinnaker Watch Co has released yet another new model named the Bradner , paying homage to Hugh Bradner. The watch is in a super compressor style with two crowns and features some good components for the price. Let us dive into it watch geeks!
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The 42MM blacked out DLC case on my example is brushed in 316L marine grade stainless steel on the sides and lug tops, while the smooth bezel is polished. In reality, on wrist it fits more like a 40-41MM watch I have noticed since wearing it though. The lug width measures 20MM and the case thickness comes in at exactly 14MM including the slightly domed sapphire crystal equipped on the bradner. We get two crowns, one for the bidirectional internal rotating timing bezel, the other which is screwed down at 4:00 for setting your time and date. I would not really call this a Professional dive watch considering the 150M depth rating but it certainly is capable of going into the water with you in almost every occasion besides diving.
This iteration features quite an adventerous sunburst green dial which gives off all types of shades of green while the light reflects off of it. It kind of reminds me a bit of the Seiko Alpinist in a way even though the two watches look nothing alike. Rather thick applied faux aged markers with swiss superluminova surround the dial while the lumed rotating bezel sits on top of the chapter ring. The hands are typical of a classic vintage dive watch and plays along nicely with the aesthetic they were hoping for. The Spinnaker polished silver branding is applied under 12:00 while the date window at 3:00 has a black background and sort of blends in a bit , allowing for a cleaner overall design. In terms of the lume, it is not all that good and fades within 20-30 seconds, which was surprising. That is probably the only letdown.
Yep, you guessed it. Wait, what? Yes this does sport the popular Seiko NH35 automatic movement. This movement is reliable, hackable, and windable. It also keeps excellent time at around +5 seconds a day on my example. For the pricepoint, this is certainly the best route they can go in my
opinion, beating the Miyota 8215 in a head to head race.
The custom rotor is displayed through an exhibition screwed down steel caseback, allowing the user a better visual experience of the mechanical movement. I think it looks nice, although it is not really a dealbreaker for me and if they did not choose an exhibition caseback it would
not bother me.
Water Resistant Leather Band
Spinnaker uses their usual Genuine Leather water resistant treated band, but this time they definitely
improved the buckle by making it a
big smaller and slimmer. This allows for a better and snugger fit on the wrist. The band is soft, supple, flexible and does not need a break-in period.
For $285 ( less if you use my discount code or the one Spinnaker provides you for early sign-up ) I think this is certainly a good route to take if your looking for a super compressor style case with a vintage feel. The watch has a reliable movement, sapphire crystal, decent strap, and well just looks appealing with the green sunburst dial.
Early Sign-Up can be had through July 20th from the posting date of this article - After July 20th it can be purchased through Spinnaker Watches website where you can use the code WA20 to save 20%