Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Blue Gold 10

Spinnaker Fleuss Fifty Fathoms Inspired Diver [Review]

A domed bezel diver with a textured dial

Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Blue Two Tone

In maintaining the DNA of their ocean and sea inspired timepieces, Spinnaker launched the Fleuss dive watch in honor of Henry Fleuss, the inventor of the first breathing apparatus for divers. Thanks to Mr. Fleuss’s ingenuity, diving professionals have been able to explore the deep seas like never before.

For this review, we took the two-tone blue dial Fleuss into the wild and photographed it during a hike. We will be reviewing another all steel model later and will link to it below with cleaner photos. For now, please enjoy the nature shots!

Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Blue Gold 10

Two things that stand out as soon as you lay eyes on the Fleuss are the bezel and dial. If you’re a fan of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, then you’ll be attracted to this piece. The outer perimeter of the watch is lined with a smooth dome-like bezel with lumed markers inlaid in the acrylic material. Moving inward to the dial, there is a contrast of texture against the sleekness of the bezel.

Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Blue Dial Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Crystal

The brushed rose gold tone hands add even more texture and also provide for a satisfying macro shot, even in subdued lighting with a cell phone camera!

Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Handstack Macro

The 43mm diameter case is constructed out of 316L stainless steel. The “316L” designation is also sometimes referred to as marine grade steel. This is the ideal choice for a dive watch because of its high resistance to corrosion.

Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Case Side

Spinnaker carries the theme of “texture” into the case design with a satin finish meeting a polished chamfered edge. The height measures in at 12mm thick with a 51mm lug-to-lug.

Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Nature Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Crown Side

The Fleuss model SP-5505-04 being reviewed in this post features a rose gold tone crown. The other models have a crown to match the steel case. They are all screw-down crowns and help give the watch its 150 meters / 500 feet depth rating.

Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Screw Down Crown Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Blue Gold

Spinnaker fit the Fleuss on a matching blue strap, but being a dive watch makes it versatile and capable of carrying a variety of straps while still looking good. The tang buckle is brushed stainless steel with the Spinnaker logo and a springbar holding it in place.

Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Tang Buckle Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Strap Stitching

The top of the strap has a suede-like feel to it with minimal off-white stitching. The bottom has smooth black leather, with the short side being signed Spinnaker and the long side is labeled as being water resistant leather.

Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Strap Bottom 2 Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Strap Bottom

Although the strap is considered to be water resistant, if you plan on taking the Fleuss in the water we recommend swapping it for a rubber or nato style strap. If that is your wish, you’ll want to look for something that fits a 22mm lug width.

Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Lugs

The Fleuss is powered by a Spinnaker branded Seiko Instruments (SII) caliber NH35A. It is a 3 hand automatic workhorse movement with a date. This caliber is found in many affordable microbrands. You can learn all about it here.

Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Nh35 Movement

If you’re looking to purchase the SP-5055-04 from Spinnaker’s site, keep in mind that their images show blues of this model to be leaning on the darker side. That is not at all inaccurate, but what they do not show is how the blues change depending on the lighting environment. The pics in this review were taken in natural lighting, in a wooded area, just before sunset.

Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Blue Tones Spinnaker Fleuss Sp 5055 04 Wristshot

The navy blue and rose gold reference SP-5055-04 is featured in this review. This is the only model with a rose gold tone bezel. Spinnaker released 6 colorways if this combo doesn’t float your boat. Each one retails for $285 USD.

The reference numbers are:

  • SP-5055-01 – Black dial with tan markers, steel bezel, black bezel insert with tan numerals, dark brown strap
  • SP-5055-02 – Black dial with greenish (lume) markers, steel bezel, black bezel insert with silver numerals, black strap
  • SP-5055-03 – Blue dial with white markers, steel bezel, blue bezel insert with silver numerals, blue strap
  • SP-5055-04 – Blue dial with white markers, rose gold tone bezel, blue bezel insert with rose gold numerals, blue strap
  • SP-5055-05 – Blue dial with tan markers, steel bezel, blue bezel insert with tan numerals, brown strap
  • SP-5055-06 – Black dial with tan markers, black bezel with tan numerals, brown strap

Buy the Spinnaker Fleuss SP-5055-04 from Spinnaker here or check the KTT watch shop to purchase the watch featured in this review.

Watch Movement Database
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
7 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Jasper
Jasper
2 years ago

Need a lumeshot!

Timothy
Timothy
2 years ago

Will there be a video of this one?

Nexxus
Nexxus
2 years ago

Not digging this one. Maybe I would change my opinion if it has a bracelet instead.

Marco
Marco
1 year ago

Thanks for expaining the different colored numerals, etc. I don’t think these are actually explained on their site. Do you know if all the dials are textured? Some appear not to be. Also, the bracelet will not fit on their Fleuss watches that they don’t offer it with. Spinnaker tells me that the Fleuss models offered with a bracelet have lug holes drilled in different positions than the watches offered with straps. Odd.

Nathan Chisholm
Nathan Chisholm(@chisholm-nathan)
1 year ago
Reply to  Marco

That true unfortunately! Bracelet Fluess watches will not fit all due to as you said lud positioning. I wish the were all standard but i jut bought a after market on that’s really nice.

My Cart Close (×)

Your cart is empty
Browse Shop
Join Waitlist Do you want to know if a similar item becomes available? Sign up to be alerted.