Spinnaker Spence SP-5066 Review

Spinnaker Spence Review

We do like Spinnaker watches at WRUK – and not just because they keep sending them to us to review! Does the Spinnaker Spence match the brand’s recent high standards?

Spinnaker Spence Review

I’ve grown used to the packaging of Spinnaker watches by now, and the Spence is as spartan as the rest! If it keeps costs down it’s fine in my book, though.

Case

The Spinnaker Spence has a matt-steel case that reminded me of their Tesei Titanium model. This one is steel, though, and it’s finished well with no sharp edges. The crown is big – perhaps protruding a little too far beyond the square crown guards – and very easy to manipulate.

It looks like Spinnaker are only using quality movements now: this watch has the Seiko NH35 which is one of my favourite low-end automatic movements. It has Spinnaker’s trademark black roto which I am not too keen on, but at least the movement is decorated to justify the display case back. I really like the case, perhaps the bezel knurling could be deeper, but it’s an interesting texture and wears well. I was not so keen on the full-lume bezel: the application of paint left a lot to be desired and it feels like it won’t last as long as the rest of the watch.

Dial and Hands

The dial of the Spinnaker Spence is excellent. A textured black colour, it catches the light beautifully. Spinnaker – for their price point – have some really unique designs and great build quality. All the markers are applied straight and well-lumed. Maybe the Rolex Submariner style hands are out of place on this modern design, but they are perfectly legible in all light conditions.

The dial has a satisfying sense of depth and the red text adds a suitable splash of colour. It’s understated but attractive to my eye. The date is always welcome, but the stark white date wheel looks a little odd with vintage lume and the position makes the dial a little unbalanced.

Strap and Buckle

Spinnaker straps are always excellent for the price and this vintage-style leather is no exception. It’s thick, supple and feels like quality.

The buckle matches the bead blasted finish of the watch but, as usual, the engraving on the Spinnaker branding is very light and may as well have been left off altogether.

Spinnaker Spence Video Review

What I Liked

  • The design is nice – reminiscent of more expensive watches but still original
  • Build quality is excellent all round
  • The Seiko movement is a good choice as a balance between price and performance

What I Didn’t Like

  • I’m not sure about the Mercedes hands, which are perhaps a little too “fussy” for the dial
  • The bezel doesn’t quite look right to me – the full lume makes it look a little flat
  • The date window looks a little odd in white with the vintage markers.

Spinnaker Spence – the WRUK Verdict

I’ve not yet come across a Spinnaker watch that we don’t like at least a bit – but bear in mind that they keep sending me samples to review when I say that. Objectively, for the price they charge, they are decent value watches as long as you use a discount voucher. I’m not sure I’d want to spend more than $350 on a Spinnaker, but if you like good-looking low-cost watches you’ll like this one. I certainly do, and it will be getting some wrist time this summer.

Buy a Spinnaker Spence SP-5066

The new watch is coming very soon, with no preorder period. You can order a Spinnaker Spence watch direct from Spinnaker’s website. Use our link with code MICHR69 at checkout for a 20% discount off your order.

Author: Mike Richmond

Usually found skulking around eBay or the International Watch League forum, Mike writes for a living and spends what little money he makes building up his collection of timepieces.

One Reply to “Spinnaker Spence SP-5066 Review”

  1. I like the hands, but, you are right the watch looks a bit flat – Spinnakers are good solid watches but this one just doesn’t say buy me.

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