Spinnaker Watch Co has released yet another new model named the Bradner , paying homage to Hugh Bradner. The watch is in a super compressor style with two crowns and features some good components for the price. Let us dive into it watch geeks!
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The 42MM blacked out DLC case on my example is brushed in 316L marine grade stainless steel on the sides and lug tops, while the smooth bezel is polished. In reality, on wrist it fits more like a 40-41MM watch I have noticed since wearing it though. The lug width measures 20MM and the case thickness comes in at exactly 14MM including the slightly domed sapphire crystal equipped on the bradner. We get two crowns, one for the bidirectional internal rotating timing bezel, the other which is screwed down at 4:00 for setting your time and date. I would not really call this a Professional dive watch considering the 150M depth rating but it certainly is capable of going into the water with you in almost every occasion besides diving.
This iteration features quite an adventerous sunburst green dial which gives off all types of shades of green while the light reflects off of it. It kind of reminds me a bit of the Seiko Alpinist in a way even though the two watches look nothing alike. Rather thick applied faux aged markers with swiss superluminova surround the dial while the lumed rotating bezel sits on top of the chapter ring. The hands are typical of a classic vintage dive watch and plays along nicely with the aesthetic they were hoping for. The Spinnaker polished silver branding is applied under 12:00 while the date window at 3:00 has a black background and sort of blends in a bit , allowing for a cleaner overall design. In terms of the lume, it is not all that good and fades within 20-30 seconds, which was surprising. That is probably the only letdown.
Yep, you guessed it. Wait, what? Yes this does sport the popular Seiko NH35 automatic movement. This movement is reliable, hackable, and windable. It also keeps excellent time at around +5 seconds a day on my example. For the pricepoint, this is certainly the best route they can go in my
opinion, beating the Miyota 8215 in a head to head race.
The custom rotor is displayed through an exhibition screwed down steel caseback, allowing the user a better visual experience of the mechanical movement. I think it looks nice, although it is not really a dealbreaker for me and if they did not choose an exhibition caseback it would
not bother me.
Water Resistant Leather Band
Spinnaker uses their usual Genuine Leather water resistant treated band, but this time they definitely
improved the buckle by making it a
big smaller and slimmer. This allows for a better and snugger fit on the wrist. The band is soft, supple, flexible and does not need a break-in period.
For $285 ( less if you use my discount code or the one Spinnaker provides you for early sign-up ) I think this is certainly a good route to take if your looking for a super compressor style case with a vintage feel. The watch has a reliable movement, sapphire crystal, decent strap, and well just looks appealing with the green sunburst dial.
Early Sign-Up can be had through July 20th from the posting date of this article - After July 20th it can be purchased through Spinnaker Watches website where you can use the code WA20 to save 20%
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OMEGA Watches History
In 1894, Omega revolutionized the watch industry with the introduction of the 19-ligne Omega Calibre, which was more accurate and reliable than any other watch movement of the time. This innovation earned Omega numerous awards and accolades, and the brand quickly became known for its precision and quality.
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BREITLING Watches History
In 1915, Breitling introduced the first wrist-worn chronograph with a separate pusher to control the start, stop, and reset functions, which made it easier to use than previous models. This innovation helped establish Breitling as a leading maker of chronographs and other precision timepieces.
During the 1930s and 1940s, Breitling continued to innovate with the introduction of the first chronograph with a second independent pusher, which allowed for the recording of multiple elapsed times. The company also developed the Huit Aviation Department, which produced wristwatches for pilots and other aviation professionals.
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In the 1960s, Breitling continued to produce innovative timepieces, including the Chrono-Matic, which was the first automatic chronograph movement with a micro-rotor. The company also introduced the Emergency, a wristwatch with a built-in distress beacon that could be activated in case of an emergency.
In the years since, Breitling has continued to produce innovative and high-quality timepieces for a variety of applications, including aviation, diving, and sports. The company has also maintained a strong commitment to precision and accuracy, with many of its watches featuring COSC-certified movements. Today, Breitling is recognized as one of the world's leading luxury watch brands, with a reputation for innovation, quality, and style.
In the early days, Longines primarily produced pocket watches, and quickly gained a reputation for precision and accuracy. By the end of the 19th century, Longines had become one of the leading watchmakers in the world. In 1912, the company introduced the first chronograph wristwatch, which was quickly adopted by the military and aviation communities.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Longines continued to innovate with the introduction of the world's first quartz clock and the first wristwatch with an automatic winding mechanism. During World War II, Longines produced wristwatches for the British Royal Air Force, and continued to produce military watches for several decades afterwards.
In the post-war years, Longines became known for its elegant and sophisticated watches, particularly its "Conquest" line of watches. In the 1950s and 1960s, Longines was a favorite of celebrities and politicians, and its watches were frequently seen on the wrists of Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, and other famous figures.
In recent years, Longines has continued to produce high-quality watches that combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern technology. The company is particularly known for its sport watches, including its "HydroConquest" line of diving watches and its "Conquest Classic" line of chronographs.
Today, Longines is owned by the Swatch Group, and remains a leading brand in the luxury watch industry. Its watches are prized for their precision, reliability, and timeless style.
In the early days, Tissot primarily produced pocket watches, and quickly gained a reputation for quality and precision. By the end of the 19th century, Tissot was one of the largest watchmakers in Switzerland, and was exporting its watches to countries around the world.
In the early 20th century, Tissot continued to innovate with the introduction of the first non-magnetic wristwatch, the first dual time-zone watch, and the first watch with a plastic case. During World War II, Tissot produced watches for the Allied forces, and continued to produce military watches for several decades afterwards.
In the post-war years, Tissot became known for its elegant and sophisticated watches, particularly its "Tissot Visodate" line of watches, which featured a date function and a distinctive "T" logo on the dial. In the 1970s, Tissot was one of the first Swiss watch brands to introduce quartz watches, which quickly became popular due to their accuracy and affordability.
In recent years, Tissot has continued to produce high-quality watches that combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern technology. The company is particularly known for its sport watches, including its "T-Touch" line of watches, which feature touch-screen technology and a range of functions such as altimeter, compass, and thermometer.
Today, Tissot is part of the Swatch Group, and remains a leading brand in the watch industry. Its watches are prized for their quality, durability, and stylish design, and are worn by watch enthusiasts and collectors around the world.