It’s easy to get lost in the wide ranging collection that is the sea of dive watches in the Spinnaker collection. They currently have 13 different diver models varying between designs that pull from iconic dive watches such as the Dumas and Bradner, and others that step away from your traditional diver aesthetic like the skeleton dial of their Croft model. Their Fleuss dive watch collection hones in on blending the vintage diver design with contemporary cues that include a Fifty Fathoms-esque dive bezel and a dial sporting a 6-9-12 numeral configuration. Aside from an oxblood variant, the Fleuss range remains fairly conservative and straightforward, making it a diver that could have been seen on the wrist of Henry Fleuss himself. That said, Spinnaker looks to add a little more preciousness to their Fleuss dive watch with three new limited editions adorned with a mother of pearl dial.
The Fleuss Pearl Diver Limited Edition draws inspiration from the AMA pearl divers of Japan. Ama in Japanese translates to ‘woman of the sea’ and is one of the lesser-known, but interesting parts of Japanese culture. These women specialized in freediving to depths up to thirty feet and holding their breath for up to two minutes in freezing waters in order to gather abalone (a type of mollusk), seaweed and other shellfish. The more profitable find however would be the pearls found inside of oysters. Finding a pearl at the time was an equivalent to a very large bonus for these women and as a result, these underwater gems were highly sought after.