by Steve Lague

There are plenty of water resistant watches designed for various nautical functions on the market today. Even the large electronics manufacturers are represented in this very lucrative market with watches that enable you to monitor and control most electronics on your boat remotely.

One of the newest marine-inspired time pieces on the market is the Reverie Sea Spirit, a beautifully crafted limited edition piece.

Reverie is a small micro brand based in Singapore and owned by Samuel Tay, a man with a passion for watches and creating his own designs.

The most notable aspect of the Sea Spirit is the unique Guilloche dial that Mr Tay says was inspired by waves. The finish gives the watch a unique look that constantly changes as light catches it on different angles. Again, Mr Tay says this movement represents the constant changing of the ocean. It reminded me of a spinning prop, but regardless of the inspiration or what it is meant to represent, it is extremely effective.

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Reverie Sea Spirit 10The face of the Sea Spirit watch is available in either anchor black (as shown in the photos) or blue. It is simple and clean in its design with wide illuminated hands and big, easy to read white numerals. There is a date window at 3 o’clock and a small offset seconds dial, with its own guilloche, just below it. The watch is covered by a sapphire crystal face that is twice as hard as normal glass, something I find extremely appealing, especially around boats where I always seem to find new and different ways to scratch watches and glasses. It is also coated with an anti-reflective coating that makes it a lot easier to read in full sunlight.

The watch comes with the option of two bands, a dressy black leather band with a butterfly clasp and a more rugged looking sail-cloth inspired band that gives the watch a totally different look and feel.  Both are fitted with a convenient strap-change design (CSC) function that makes it extremely quick and easy to swap bands to suit your mood or occasion. The CSC is a tiny spring loaded lever built into the strap pin that pulls the inner pin in making it very simple to remove and replace the band without the need for any tools. It is a function that more and more brands are starting to use and hopefully will become a common feature. It certainly makes changing the look of your watch a very simple exercise. Switching bands on the Reverie Sea Spirit took less than a minute.

The back of the watch also has a glass face exposing the 21-jewel Japanese made Miyota 8218 workings with a 40-hour power reserve. While Miyota is owned by Citizen it is not unusual to see a start-up company such as Reverie opt for an outsourced automatic movement.

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Reverie Sea Spirit 9The body of the Reverie Sea Spirit is made from 316L stainless steel and while the design is marine-inspired and it is water resistant to 10ATM (which equates to 100m) it is not really designed to wear in the water constantly. It is certainly not what I would classify a sports watch. The Sea Spirit will be fine if it gets wet by spray or even if you wear it in for a dip but the winder cannot be locked and therefore it is not designed to keep water out under any pressure. It is a watch I see as more suitable as a dress watch that you can get wet without being concerned. It is recommended that you rinse the watch off, especially after being in salt water, and allow it to fully dry, after it gets wet.

With a 41mm diameter it strikes a nice balance between presence and comfort. I found it comfortable to wear and surprisingly light for its size. It was also a watch that attracted plenty of attention both for its striking, yet simple, design but mostly when the guilloche dial caught their eye.

One of the other things I liked about the Reverie Sea Spirit is that only 125 have been made for distribution, each with its own number inscribed on the back, throughout the world so it is unlikely you are going to run into anyone else wearing the same watch.

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Despite the exclusivity of the watch it is also very well priced at $420. At time of writing there were only 25 watches, which can only be purchased on the Reverie website, remaining. BoatAdvice readers are also being offered a $20 discount, to qualify all you need to do is click on the add a coupon code in the checkout section and type in the word “BoatAdvice20″. But you will need to be quick as the offer expires on March 30.