Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire Chronograph
by Kyle Stults on February 25, 2014
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The brand’s first chronograph…

Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire closeup

Perhaps a surprise to some is that, having high complications including tourbillions, minute repeaters and perpetual calendars under his belt, independent watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin has not put his name on a chronograph.   Until now.  And what a fine and distinctive looking chronograph the Spirit Seafire is!   I’ll break it down for you, below.

Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire

42mm x 15mm titanium case, automatic mechanical chronograph caliber (4Hz/28,800), brown leather strap (upgrade options available)

Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire Watch

It is clear that Peter Speake-Marin has put considerable thought into subtle details that contribute to the Seafire’s legibility as a chronograph:  the skeletonized hour and minute hands, and the center-set seconds hand with a large, open circle counterweight — both of which have white Superlumed tips — all subtle but well-intended examples of the designer’s desire to provide proper views of the  counters.

The Spirit Seafire is unimstakeably Speake-Marin, with signature ‘Piccadilly’ case (though chrono-ready and in polished titanium with straight grained caseband), ‘Foundation’ style hour and minute hands, and ‘topping tool’ seconds wheel on the dial.

Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire dial detail

The rest of the design carries on with new Speake-Marin design codes to bring together one fine looking chronograph:  circular date window at 3 o’clock, central elapsed seconds, minutes sub- at 12 o’clock and…how about those Romans on the hours sub- at 6 o’clock!  A bold and adventuresome choice I must say.

Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire detail

I would like to find out where the caliber is sourced from and what if any improvements are made to it or if it is exclusive to PSM.

“Fight, Love & Persevere” engraved on the solid caseback “

It isn’t just the Spirit motto – it’s a way of life.”

Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire caseback detail

Nicely done, nicely done.

Price on the Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire is CHF 7,900.

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Did You Know?

The Speake-Marin Spirit Spitfire is inspired by another ‘first’ – one from the sphere of aviation – the Supermarine Seafire. The Seafire was the first modern carrier-based airplane fielded by the British Royal Navy to protect its fleet when it debuted in 1942. The Seafire was, in essence, a seaborne version of Supermarine’s Spitfire – Seafire was a contraction of ‘Sea Spitfire’ – and the two aircraft shared many design features including an elliptical wing shape.  -SM