Spinnaker is a well- known watch brand for their high-precision and specialized dive watches. Adding to Spinnaker’s collection of dive watches is the Wreck SP-5065. The wreck pays homage to fallen ships, aircraft and other land-based remains by making the watch look like a relic that has just been brought out of the oceans after decades on the sea bed.
316L Stainless Steel Case
The Spinnaker Wreck Sp-5065 Automatic Diver Watch is constructed out of 316 L Stainless steel. With a 43.0 mm diameter and a thickness of 14.6 mm, the watch case is well proportioned and sized as a dive watch with a simple form. It’s water resistant up to 100 meters. The lugs are bit curved so that they fit most wrist sizes comfortably, including people with large wrists.
The case also features uni-directional matte aluminum rotating bezel that’s hand treated and faded in line with the theme of the watch. The case of the watch is also distressed and finished by hand to give the watch a vintage look and also in accordance with the theme.
Over the case is a hardened Mineral Coated Lens which holds a certain degree of scratch resistance but not as potent as Sapphire Crystal. One can’t be sure if it had something to do with the wreck theme or perhaps, they just wanted to keep the price of the watch down.
Attached to the case is a Hand Stitched Water Proofed Genuine Leather Strap which means the strap has been treated with a waterproof layer so it can be taken underwater for a long period. A lot of people prefer a silicone strap to a leather strap because of its water-resistance abilities. However, the water-proofed leather strap does a nice job in resisting water.
The hand-stitched pieces indicate some level of detailing as expected from most genuine vintage leather straps. A tang buckle is used to secure the straps; it’s a logical choice considering the price of the watch and the desire to not deviate from the vintage look of the watch.
Exhibition See-Through Back
The caseback of the watch features a large exhibition window that showcases the inner mechanics of the movement. Various details about the watch are deeply engraved surrounding the window.
A see-through exhibition caseback is a nice addition, but for a dive watch, it adds to the list of things that might likely fail underwater.
Dial and Hands
The dial of this Spinnaker watch has a very appealing look, considering the amount of quality detailing and finishing used just to suggest that the watch is a wrecked object from the bottom of the ocean. Also, like the case, the dial was also finished, etched and distressed by hand to give each piece a unique wreck-like look.
Spinnaker offers this watch in four different dial and strap color combinations, black, brown, blue and green. Regardless of the color, they all employ quality texture and finish to create a look that is not typically found in an everyday timepiece.
On the dial, at the 3 o’clock position is the date aperture and just below the 12 o’clock marker is Spinnaker’s logo boldly printed. Lume can be found on parts of the hands and the indexes, improving the legibility and general functionality of the watch.
NH35 – TMI Caliber
Spinnaker’s partnership with Seiko happens to be profitable to them because they don’t have to go around searching for movements for their new watches. Like most Spinnaker watches, the Spinnaker Wreck SP-5065 is powered by the 24-jewel Seiko NH35 self-winding automatic movement. It is one of the most popular and best Japan-made movement available in the market. The Miyota movements from Japan are also quite good but they are a bit noisy, and their accuracy is not as good as that of the Seiko NH series.
It features a beat rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour which is not close to the best modern movement speeds, but it has enough to allow for a smooth glide of the hands, as well as date complication. Time Module claims that the movement’s accuracy range is within -20~+40 seconds per day tested under normal conditions. Although these numbers were recorded without the date complication being active, it still indicates satisfactory accuracy.
Overall, the Spinnaker Wreck SP-5065 looks really great; there’s very little to complain about asides from the choice of some materials. However, considering the price of this watch, they are logical choices.
The watch comes with the right proportions and a balanced dial, which is both highly detailed and well finished. The case deliberate detailing is excellent considering what they were trying to achieve with it. The watch definitely represents the wreck theme.
The overall quality of construction is outstanding and it comes at a great price. Signup for this watch starts on March 8 and it will be available for purchase starting from March 22.
For specs and details you can visit the official Spinnaker website here.