Reverie Sea-Spirit (Deep Blue)
- 316L stainless steel case
- 41mm diameter
- 12mm height
- 22mm lug width
- lug-to-lug length of 47mm.
- 21-jewel automatic movement made in Japan (Miyota 8218).
- Sapphire crystal (dial side) with inner anti-reflective coating.
- Display case back
- 10 ATM water resistance
The Sea-Spirit is the first model from the brand new company Reverie. The Sea-Spirit can easily be your any occasion watch, and is offered in a black or blue dial. I will be discussing the blue dial in this review.The watch has a 41mm stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, automatic movement, 100 meters of water resistance and an absolutely stunning dial resulting in a watch with a lot to offer. At $420 USD, the watch and two straps is not inexpensive but it is not an exorbitant price either for what the consumer will receive.
The Sea-Spirit houses a Japanese automatic movement and is manufactured in Asia. The company is quite forthcoming in regards to the materials and manufacturing right on their website so anyone reading this article should be quite pleased with the high level of transparency provided by Reverie. The Sea-Spirit models are also a limited production of 125 pieces in each dial color which will grant the owner a level of exclusivity after acquiring one of these timepieces.
The cushion style case consists primarily of a high polished mirror finish, however, the flat upper surfaces are finely brushed. Multiple case finishes in my book show an extra level of detail and thought in the production of this model. Regardless of how nice the case and some of the specifications of this watch, the main event is most certainly the gorgeous guilloché dial. The dial plays to the name of the watch model as the design resembles waves or maybe even a whirlpool. The blue dial to me has to be the more intriguing of the two color choices as based on angles and lighting the shades of blue to black is quite stunning. Personally the coloring almost reminds me of the ocean at night while sitting on the deck of a cruise ship watching the waves pass along. One of the design aspects that I appreciate greatly is the standard small second sub-dial located between the 4 and 5. The sub-dial has a sun-ray finish and provide some design contrast against the guilloché dial. There is one other aspect I am thoroughly pleased with about the small second sub-dial but I will get into that a bit later. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the large 33mm sapphire crystal protecting the awesome dial. The anti-reflective coating appears to be good quality as well.
All of the hour markers are painted on and lack any luminous properties. Of course as many of you know, I consider lume a gimmick plus this is a dressy watch regardless of the model name so no need for lume. Never fear though for the lume freaks out there, the hands are slightly luminous. The lume fades rather quickly so don’t expect to tell the time in the early morning hours. The dial text is kept to a minimum and I feel the script and standard font work well with the overall theme of the watch and keeping it quite classy. The white date window at the 3 is perfectly complimentary to the white hour markers surrounding the dial. The result is an absolutely stunning dial free of any unnecessary fluff.
When it comes to quality, one thing aspect I hone in on quickly is the crown. What’s the one trait about a crown that will almost immediately sour a consumers feelings toward a watch? Wiggle or wobble possibly? I can report not a problem at all as the 7mm crown is extremely firm with absolutely no play or wiggle when engaged. My only wish for the diamond style crown is that it could have been a screw down rather than push/pull variety. Holding with the dressy theme the crown is also high polished with a script “R” on the face.
The glass exhibition case back shows off the Miyota 8218 automatic movement. I know many like to see the movement, especially on dress watches. However, why display budget movements? At least we are not looking at the completely dull 8215 as the 8218 at least has some striping. Do you want to know the one thing the 8218 has going for it? Sure you do. Quite simply put you do not have to deal with the choppy central second hand found with any watch housing the 8215. Small second hand equals lack of noticeable choppiness. The case back is nicely finished and has the typical watch specifications, etc. etched around the perimeter.
The Deep Blue Sea-Spirit is finished off with a nice 22mm brown leather strap with a branded dual deploy clasp. The clasp is high polished keeping in line with the overall dressy nature of the watch model. The brown leather is perfect for dressy occasions, however, Reverie includes a black sailcloth strap for dressing down the Sea-Spirit. The sailcloth strap includes a high polished thumbnail style buckle that is also branded.
In conclusion, I know I haven’t expressed much negativity to this point about the Sea-Spirit quite simply because there isn’t much I don’t like about the model. With that being said here we go. First, while the watch wears nicely on the wrist, the strap may be a tad short for many with an 8 inch plus wrist size. Also, the price may be a little on the high side, considering the Miyota 8218 automatic. A Miyota 9015 would put this watch model over the top in my book. I still enjoy wearing it and can easily say it looks great, has a high end feel due to the beautiful guilloché dial. I’m not sure finding a guilloché dial at this price point is even possible? I can’t find another that’s for sure. I can’t wait to see what Reverie comes up with next.
7 3/4 inch wrist for reference
You can check out the companies website here: Reverie
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