Pre-Basel 2014: Introducing the Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire, a sports chronograph in titanium (with specs and price)Speake-Marin's first chronograph, the Spirit Seafire, will soon be presented at Baselworld. Cased in titanium with a military-inspired dial, the Spirit Seafire continues to broaden Speake-Marin's entry level line of timepieces.
Named after a Second World War British navy fighter aircraft, the Spirit Seafire is Speake-Marin’s first chronograph and comes just a few months after Spirit Wing Commander was presented, joining Speake-Marin’s line of sporty watches inspired by vintage British military timepieces.
The dial sticks to the aesthetic first established by the Spirit Pioneer, with a matte black base and raised, moulded SuperLuminova numerals and markers. And Speake-Marin’s topping tool logo forms the seconds hand at nine o’clock. But unlike its peers the Seafire has a busy dial, with lots of superfluous text and decoration.
Inside the 42 mm titanium case is a clone of the workhorse Valjoux 7750, possibly from Sellita or one of the other movement makers which are now filling the gap ETA has left when it cut movement supplies to third party brands.
While there is definitely a market for such a timepiece, the Seafire lacks the creativity seen in many other Speake-Marin timepieces. It retails for 7900 Swiss francs before taxes, which works out to about US$8900, an accessible but not bargain price in the highly competitive sports chronograph segment.
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