Posted the 28th day of April in 2011 by Riley.
This collaborative review is on the Harbormaster Spinnaker watch from newcomer Stolas Watches. Before we go any further, a bit of history. Stolas Watches is the brainchild of Curtis Stolas, a long time watch collector. He founded Stolas in 2009 to produce watches that could withstand severe punishment.
The result of this endeavor is the Harbormaster range of watches. There are three watches in the Harbormaster collection: Genoa, Spinnaker and Gennaker. All the watches in the range share some common features like the 44mm diameter stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, luminous bezel, lightning shaped seconds hand, water resistant rating of 20 ATM and screw-down crown.
The difference between the models lies in the movement fitted, dial material, display back and colors of the bands.
Anyway, lets take a closer look at the Harbormaster Spinnaker. This watch is the model in the ‘middle’. It's a big watch that has a real presence. The 316L stainless steel case measures in at 44 mm in diameter and 14.2 mm thick. The case is extremely well finished. It has a highly polished finish. Although the watch is large, it wears well and is very comfortable.
The screw down case back is beautiful with the engraving/etching of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. Even the etching on the side of the case, between the crown and lugs are well executed.
The signed screw down crown is at the 4 o’clock position. The choice of putting the crown at the position becomes obvious once you wear the watch. Putting the crown in this position, more so on large watches ensures that the crown does not ‘dig’ into the wearer wrist. The crown has simple knurling and is easy to use and operate.
The watch's bezel is noteworthy. The 60-click uni-directional bezel is luminous, and is coated with lume between the 12 o’clock marker and the 20-minute mark. And it is very bright. This makes reading the dive time while on a dive very easy. Looking at the design of the bezel, there is no mistaking the the watch is a diver. It has a very nice stylized wave design between the minute markers.
The dial is made of carbon fiber. The material appears to be black, but at certain angles it can catch the light and look gray. The dial is well made with well-painted text. The hour markers are luminous as are the Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock. The hour markers are rendered in green while the Arabic numerals are blue. According to Stolas they use a combination of Super Luminova, Lum-Tec and Tri-Tec luminous material. The date window is at the 3 o’clock position.
The other interesting aspects of the watch are the hands. The hour and minute hands are skeletonized while the sweep second hand has a lightning design. Sadly, choosing to go with the skeletonized hands does not bode well with the overall design of the watch, as the hands are a tad small. The hour and minute hands are luminous green, while the seconds hand is orange.
The watch is powered by Stolas cal.001. The movement is based on the popular ETA2824 and is supplied to Stolas by SMC. It is an automatic 25-jewel movement beating at 28,800 A/h.
The bracelet is the popular Oyster-style bracelet. It has polished center links and all the links are solid links as are the end links. The signed clasp is of the flip-lock design with push-button release.
- Carbon Fiber Dial
- 44mm 316L Stainless Steel Case, Threaded Pearl Harbor Memorial Engraved Case back (Sapphire Optional)
- Basic 3 hand 25 Jewel Automatic Movement with date complication
- SuperLuminova™ , LÜM-TEC™ , & TRI-TEC™ luminous
- Anti-Reflective Sapphire Crystal
- Numbered Limited Edition - Only 125 made
- Unidirectional Rotating Bezel
- Screwdown Crown
- Rubber Strap included, Steel Bracelet and NATO straps optional
- Diver 200m water resistant
The Spinnaker watch is available here in their online store. It is a limited series of 125 watches, and retails for $579 USD.
Use the coupon code WATCHSHOCK30 for a 30% discount.
Thanks to Ivan for the extra work on this collaborative review.