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Get Ready for Summer with These Retro, Affordable Dive Watches

The new Spinnaker Dumas dive watches have a unique, 1970s-inspired case shape, vibrant colors and solid build, all for just $400.

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The Seventies are back, and they’re better than ever. Well, at least they are in the watch industry — from high-end recreations to affordable dive watches with funky, chunky styles, like the new Dumas models from microbrand Spinnaker. With a range of sporty colors and an offbeat case design, the Dumas screams “summer fun.”

With 300m of water resistance, the angular, offbeat design of the Dumas’s 44mm-wide steel case recalls watches from those experimental decades of watchmaking and recreational diving. Seven total options range from slightly sporty black or blue with orange highlights to overtly sporty with a bold yellow dial, all of which feature plenty of lume for good legibility.

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The Dumas dials feature applied indices and are topped with sapphire crystal, whereas the bezel is covered with mineral crystal. The watches are powered by the basic Seiko NH35 automatic caliber, and Spinnaker is even able to offer a view of the movement through a display case back while retaining solid water resistance. These small touches all add to the brand’s value proposition.

Each version of the Spinnaker Dumas comes on a very ’70s-style steel mesh bracelet, but these are the kinds of watches that’ll be fun to match to summer straps, be they NATO, rubber or other. All models have a price of $400 and are available directly from the brand.

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