I recently had the opportunity to go hands-on with a relatively new release from Spinnaker Watches. The Bradner is a compressor-case style diver very much in the vintage aesthetic so popular in the hobby today. With a killer domed crystal offering up a ton of “vintagy” distortion, the Bradner most definitely gives off on old-school vibe, while at the same time offering up modern niceties such as sapphire crystals front and back and a reliable Seiko NH35A movement. For full details you can check out my written review over at wristwatchreview.com. Enjoy the video!
- Brand & Model:Spinnaker Bradner
- Who we think it might be for: All of you brave and adventurous desk divers out there who love the vintage compressor look.
- Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen? If I didn’t already own a similar piece from another manufacturer I’d take a pretty hard look at the Bradner.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be:Add some contrast between the chapter ring and its markers. It’s just too darn hard to see the indices. I wouldn’t mind seeing a few more coats of lume either. The glow doesn’t last long enough in my book, although I wear my watches to bed and expect them to still be burning bright in the morning so I’m not the best benchmark. Aside from Seiko, Rolex, and Omega, I have yet to come across another brand that can pull this off. Drilled lugs and a quick release strap would be nice editions too.
Technical Specifications from Spinnaker
- Material: Stainless Steel
- Size: 42mm Diameter, 14mm Thickness, 50mm lug-to-lug
- Weight: 95 grams
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Case Back: Exhibition Screw-Down
- Water Resistance: 150m
- Inter-lug Width: 20mm
- MOVEMENT: Seiko NH35, 24 Jewels
- Functions: Automatic, Time & Date, Hacking, Hand-Winding
- Beats Per Hour: 21,600
- Power Reserve: 46 Hours
- Material: Water Proof Leather
- Clasp: Pin Buckle