Spinnaker has launched their all new Tesei Bronze diver, which is quite surprising for the brand. Why do I say this? Well, Spinnaker usually produces decent quality affordable Hong Kong produced watches with Seiko or Miyota movements in stainless steel with various coatings. The Tesei is Swiss Made, Bronze, and packs a punch for the money.
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The CUSN8 Bronze case is solid and certainly is felt whilst on the wrist. A quick dimension check - we are looking at 43MM across, 20MM between the lugs, and 18MM in thickness. As you can see, it is certainly a bit largee than your average diver nowadays. The lug to lug distance of 49MM definitely helps the watch wear right on my 6.5” wrist though. Spinnaker does include an automatic helium escape valve for extra assurance on that 300M rating they state along with a screw down signed crown and caseback. The bezel itself looks decent with a 120 click unidrectional rotation and a lumed matte ceramic insert.
The dial is also pretty unique and features two layers. The first layer is the wave dial which has some nice deep grooves and will be noticed quickly at first glance. The second layer features your lumed applied markers with Swiss SuperLuminova, to match the bezel insert. ( Lume Shot Below ). The lume is probably the best and strongest I have seen so far from any of the Spinnaker watches I have reviewed here on Watch Addict. One thing I did not like so much is the small date window at 3:00. I think they could have made it a bit larger so it can be easier to read.
This Spinnaker is marked Swiss Made...So we do get the popular Sellitta SW200 automatic movement. They even went ahead and added a custom rotor with branding which is always good in my
book. This movement contains 26 jewels, beats at 28,800 VPH with a 38 hour power reserve. It also features hand winding and a hacking feature. My model is running around +10 seconds a day which is normal for these types of movements without COSC or other certification.
Italian Hand Made Leather Band
The new Spinnaker Italian Made genuine leather band is a comfortable one indeed. It has some nice thickness to it but conforms nicely to the wrist straight from the factory. The normal Spinnaker buckle is used, but this time in bronze.
The Spinnaker Tesei is priced at $850 full retail direct from the Spinnaker website. I think this pricing is decent and I assume my discount code will help you save 20% as well once they are released to the public which would bring the price down to $680 shipped worldwide. That is a very fair price in my eyes if you look at what your actually getting. Nowadays, even bronze watches with NH35 movements are running $300-$400...so I think the price is definitely fair and a good value for your money. Thanks for taking the tome to read another watch addict review, and please do check out the full hands on review on my YouTube channel.