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What is the meaning behind the new Croft release from Spinnaker Watches?
In 1967 Robert Croft who was a US NAVY Dive instructor became the first person ever to dive to a depth of 200 Feet. Spinnaker is commenorating this achievement with this new slightly vintage inspired dive watch.
The case of the Croft measures 43MM across and 14MM thick. It is comprised of your typical 316L stainless steel and features mostly fine brushed areas which looks great as well as some slight polished hints on the sides of the lugs. This watch is pressure tested to 150M making it a watch you can definitely safely take in the water or swim with.
iThe movement featured in this model is the well known Japanese Miyota 8218 which features a date at the 3:00 position, and they also have matched the date wheel to the dial. This is the better version of this caliber as it has some finished stripes on the movement which is nice to see, especially in such an affordable timepiece. We can expect around 40 hours of power reserve and an accuracy of minus or plus 10 seconds a day. The movement does feature hand winding but it does not feature hacking which can be a letdown for some. I tend to not really care for watches with hacking unless they are chronometer certifed anyhow.
The grainy textured blue dial on the version I am wearing really appeals to my eye. It has a vintage aesthetic which is nice to see as it does match the history behind the watch. We get a small sub seconds dial at the 4:00 position which has a small lumed hand and is done in a crosshair effect. The circular applied markers are positioned perfectly and we do get a double rectangle below the 12:00 position. The rather thick hands definitely stay in tune with the size of the markers and the numerals printing on the rotating bezel. Now something new I have not seen from Spinnaker is the addition of a cyclops over the date which helps magnify the date for a better view and is most definitely needed as the date wheels on the 8 series miyotas tend to run quite small. The Superluminova lume is surprisingly super bright and lasts quite some time (Check Video and Pictures Below). Another nice feature is the beautiful domed sapphire crystal with beveled edges. It certainly stood out to me and you will see that in the video. Now lastly, we get a beautiful 120 click uni-directional rotating bezel which really stood out to me. The action is certainly smooth with minimum play and everything aligns correct to the chapter ring. It is one of those bezels I cannot stop fidgeting with because it is a pleasure to rotate in all honesty. The grip is excellent and I have zero complaints about the bezel/bezel action.
The brushed caseback is screwed down and features a nice sapphire exhibition window where you can see the movement at work. They have also added a custom Spinnaker rotor and you can see the nice striped finishing on the movement. It appears super clean to the eye and I think it came out great. Spinnaker has really stepped their game up over the past couple months with their new watch releases.
Strap - Waterproof Leather?
The 22MM genuine leather waterproof strap in blue looks great, especially with the white stitch at each end. The cool thing about these straps is that they are actually waterproof. Yes - a Leather Strap that you can take underwater! Why aren’t other companies doing this? I have tested it in the shower and everything turned out fine and it does dry rather quick. The buckle is brushed and signed “Spinnaker”.
The Spinnaker Croft is certainly an appealing option out there when looking for an all around sporty, casual, and everyday dive watch. The construction is really good for the pricepoint which I believe will be around $300 USD. I have always liked the water resistant treated straps Spinnaker watches uses and find them of good quality. You know, some dive watches come in a genuine leather band with the end stitching and they are 200-500M water resistant..How are you supposed to take that thing underwater! Anyway, I certainly think Spinnaker knocked it out of the park with this one and see many good things coming in the future for this brand. You can sign up early to reserve one for a discount below I believe. Please check
out the full hands-on video review and detailed pictures below.
The main component of a mechanical movement is the mainspring, a spring that gradually unwinds and transmits energy. A mechanical watch will keep accurate time despite requiring winding up if it's manual. ... Inside an automatic watch sits a small weighted rotor that has to oscillate in order to wind the mainspring.