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.
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.
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.
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.
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.