Spinnaker Bradner – Video Review

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!

Watch Overview

  • Brand & Model:Spinnaker Bradner
  • Price:$285
  • 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

  • CASE
    • 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
  • Strap
    • Material: Water Proof Leather
    • Clasp: Pin Buckle