Skin divers are one of the most versatile types of watches that can take up a spot in the watch box. They’re lightweight, take up a smaller footprint on the wrist, and are thin enough so that they can easily slip under a shirt cuff. And the best part, they do all of this without sacrificing water resistance. Recently and in under-the-radar fashion, Spinnaker released a watch that checks all the boxes of what to look for in a proper skin diver, and then some. Let us introduce to you the Spinnaker Spence 300.
Without wasting any time, we’ll get into the nitty gritty starting with the case specs. The Spence 300 stainless steel case sans crown guards measures 40mm wide and 48mm lug to lug. Slightly larger specs for a traditional skin diver. That said, the Spence 300 takes up true skin diver form with its 10.9mm case thickness. Speaking from experience, the thinnest dive watch I own is the Seiko SNE573 Solar Diver which comes in at 10.6mm in thickness and wears perfectly due to that slim case profile. With a case that is just a few millimeters thicker in the Spence 300, you get a watch that is rated up to 300 meters of water resistance (100 meters more than the Seiko SNE573) and has an automatic mechanical movement. Speaking of movements, the Spinnaker Spence 300 houses the Miyota 9039 equipped with 42 hours of power reserve, hacking seconds and hums at 28,800 bph.