In the 1950’s brands were experimenting with the best formats for dive watches. One of the most interesting to emerge was the so-called dual-crown or internal bezel diver. As the name suggests, the bezel is under the crystal, appearing almost as part of the dial, and is turned via a second crown on the case side. A bit cleaner and more stream-lined than external bezel divers, they became a dressier alternative.
The Bradner is a modern take on these iconic dive watches that utilizes a rugged 42mm case, domed sapphire crystal and wonderfully layered and textured dial. Featuring a coarse surface, applied markers, raised chapter ring and three-dimensionally molded internal bezel, the Bradner brings this typically mid-century design into the 21st century.
The Bradner is powered by the Seiko NH35 automatic movement. This Japanese workhorse is highly dependable and features 24-jewels, date, hand-winding, 41-hour power reserve, a frequency of 21,600 bph and hacking seconds (the second hand stops when the crown is pulled out).
Spinnaker is dedicated to making fun, affordable dive watches. Pulling from the history of dive watches, current trends and their own unique sensibilities, over the last few years they have created a catalog that will bring a smile to any dive watch enthusiasts face. With features like domed acrylic bezels, box sapphire crystals, bronze and titanium cases, they run the gamut in terms of materials and tech, speaking to vintage aesthetics as well as modern expectations. Inside, you’re likely to find one of many workhorse calibers, such as the Seiko NH35, proving reliable timekeeping and a solid value.