Today we are going to take a look at an all new offering from the well known Spinnaker Watch Company. They produce many active lifestyle watches suitable for diving and recreational use as well. I have handled many of their models over the past few years and they really do put together a decent watch for the money. Another nice thing Spinnaker is doing for you readers is offering a 20% discount off of this new model by entering code WA20 at checkout on www.Spinnaker-Watches.com
The case is comprised of a new material they are experimenting with which is Polycarbonate. This is a super tough form of plastic and definitely helps keep the weight down on this casual dive-style watch. The case diameter measures in at 43MM and is 12MM thick. The lug opening is 22MM for all you strap fiends out there who love changing up straps on your watches. In my opinion, the Marina does actually fit more like a 41 or 42MM watch considering the lugs are semi integrated into the Polycarbonate case. I have a 6.25 inch wrist and normally a 43MM watch would be too large but this one seems to fit quite nice.
A great value proposition in this affordable offering is the addition of a trusty and reliable Seiko NH35 automatic movement. This movement is widely used across the board from larger companies all the way to smaller companies and micro brands. It is one I am very familiar with and I put my trust in it. The movement contains 24 jewels, beats at 3 Hertz ( 21,600 BPH ) and features the hacking and hand wind feature which is a must for a watch enthusiast.
The Marina does come in a few different variations including dial and strap colors which I urge you to take a look at on their website if this Black/Yellow combination doesn’t tickle your fancy. The black dial is legible covered by a mineral crystal with decent sized lumed applied markers ( LumeShot in Video ). We do get a date aperture at the 3 position which looks legibile to my eye and features a white background with black numbers. Surrounding the dial is a Black/Yellow uni-directional rotating bezel for timing up to 60 minutes which can be quite useful while out in the ocean on a boat or for casual use. The bezel action is pretty good for this price and only features slight play.
The hands on the Marina are quite similiar in style to the Spinnaker Cahill which I reviewed earlier last year and do have a slight vintage aesthetic. The hour hand is just the right size and features a snowball tip which is completely lumed as well as the similiar shaped minutes hand which slightly tapers towards the chapter ring where 60 minute markings are visible. Overall these hands make it very easy to read the time while glancing at your wrist.
The strap supplied with the Marina is a two-piece nylon nato style strap with brushed stainless steel hardware. I must say the quality of the strap is very good and it has some nice thickness to it whilst being flexible at the same time.
Another nice feature on the Marina is the addition of a exhibition mineral caseback which is a pop on caseback. This watch is only water resistant to 50 Meters which some watch collectors might see as a let down but this watch was not meant to be a true diving watch and more of a casual everyday watch you can wear while on a boat or around town. Spinnaker does state the watch is suitable for light swimming. I have submerged the watch in a tank of water and had 0 problems so I assume they are correct. The caseback is finished off with a polish and some general information such as model #, water resistance, etc.
Furthermore, if you are in the market for a reliable and super affordable everyday wear watch with a diving bezel and some neat color combinations I can reccommend this watch to my readers. The price is quite outstanding when using the discount code which would bring the watch down to $95 USD. I do not know of any other companies using this caliber of movement and build for that price to be quite frank. If you really need a 200M true diving watch they do offer many options and styles which I have reviewed earlier this year. I hope you enjoyed the article and do watch the video below this for a hands-on approach. Leave me a comment!
CASECASE MATERIAL : Polycarbonate (PC)
CASE DIAMETER (mm) : 43
CASE THICKNESS (mm) : 12
CASE SHAPE : Round
CASE COLOUR : Black
Dial COLOUR : Black
BAND : Nylon Strap
BAND COLOR : Black / Yellow
BUCKLE : Normal Buckle
BAND WIDTH (mm) : 22
WATER RATING: 5 ATM
WEIGHT (g) : 66
WARRANTY : 2 Years International
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