Spinnaker Fleuss Automatic Marlborough Limited Edition watch an homage to pioneering dive engineer

Fleuss Automatic Marlborough Limited Edition teal against a yellow rope

Spinnaker aims to make a splash with the Fleuss Automatic Marlborough Limited Edition, a new addition to the watch brand’s popular Fleuss collection, which pays tribute to diving pioneer Henry Fleuss.

Fleuss patented several breathing apparatus innovations during the early 20th century, and this timepiece has a similar vintage appeal.

This stylish new Fleuss design references watches of the late 1800s and early 1900s, with its pumpkin-style crown and cathedral-style hour and minute hands. Attention to detail is high.

The Fleuss Automatic Marlborough Limited Edition design references watches of the late 1800s and early 1900s…

The stainless steel case is 43mm wide and 13mm deep, its scratch resistant sapphire lens sporting an anti-reflective coating. It’s powered by a reliable TMI NH35 automatic movement. The bezel is unidirectional; the date window sits at 6-o’clock.

The Fleuss Automatic Marlborough Limited Edition is partnered with a 22mm solid stainless steel bracelet, with fold over clasp, but also comes with an extra leather water-resistant strap, for added versatility.

Fittingly, the watch can withstand depths of 150m. The indexes are daubed with Swiss Super-LumiNova, enhancing visibility in low-light conditions.

Who was Henry Fleuss?

Born in 1851 in Marlborough, England, Henry Fleuss began his career as a mining engineer, but his fascination with the underwater world led him to develop a series of innovative devices that allowed mariners to dive deeper and stay underwater for longer periods of time.

One of Fleuss’ most significant inventions was the closed-circuit rebreather, which he patented in 1878. This device allowed divers to recycle their own exhaled air, removing the need for bulky and cumbersome diving helmets and surface-supplied air. 

Fleuss’ other marine technology innovations included improvements to diving suits and the development of underwater cameras and lamps. Ultimately, his work paved the way for modern-day diving equipment, making underwater exploration and research safer, more efficient, and more accessible. You could say he was a man ahead of his time.

This special edition diver is available in two colourways, Teal and Storm Black, and is limited to 250 pieces per model. It’s available now from, priced £380.  

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