Spinnaker is not new to the watch scene, but it hasn’t always been a brand people paid close attention to. Exclusively dive-watch themed, Spinnaker focused on value, but didn’t always have a unique voice. In the last couple of years, however, they’ve paid closer attention to what’s popular amongst micro-brands and, while playing off trends, have managed to make strides with their designs. Now regularly seen on the wrists of popular Instagrammers, Spinnaker’s fun, affordable, and unpretentious dive watches are starting to enjoy a wave of popularity.
Of their recent releases, one vintage throwback stands out from the rest. Featuring an uncommon octagonal case, the Dumas is a quirky piece named after famed diver and colleague of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Frédéric Dumas. Vintage dive watch enthusiasts may have already noted that the case bears a striking similarity to the semi-obscure Omega Seamaster 200 SHOM, which we wrote about here. While that treads on “homage” territory, the rest of the design isn’t trying to emulate the Omega. It’s fair to say that Spinnaker draws directly from the design, a common practice, but then takes it in its own direction. To be honest, it’s a risky case to use because it’s odd and very ‘70s-looking, but I’m glad they did because most dive watches today stick to a pretty similar format. The fact that the watch is $350 and features a sapphire crystal, a Seiko NH35 movement, and 300 meters of water resistance makes getting past any trepidation about the shape pretty easy.