It’s not very often that you come across a watch company that has built an impressive cult following in a matter of two years. But Lew & Huey has done just that and understandably so. The Spectre is the third and latest installment of a line of beautiful and visually stunning watches from Lew & Huey and just as its predecessors; the Spectre gracefully carries the touch. Available in Midnight Black and a glowing Fireball Orange, the Spectre is a stunning update of the World War II flieger- style pilot watch. Complimented with a Sunburst pattern dial, luminous hands, slightly domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal, surgical-grade 316L stainless steel and Diablo Black (Midnight Black Dial) or Tobacco Brown (Fireball Orange) leather strap with the added edge stitched detail; the Spectre is just one gorgeous flieger watch! Equipped with the respectable and robust Seiko calibre NH35 self-winding movement, the Seiko calibre NH35 will ensure precise timing and the renown reliability of the Seiko movement . My wishlist of “Must Have Watches” continues to grow inevitably longer, and I would certainly be foolish to not add Lew & Huey’s Spectre to this list. Be sure to check out the video of Lew & Huey’s Spectre, as the pictures do not truly capture the essence of the watch.
Like traditional pilot watches, the Spectre has a very large dial, measuring 36mm in diameter, for maximum legibility. It also has the traditional Flieger-B layout, with minutes around the outside, and an inner ring of hour markers, but instead of painted-on markers, the Spectre’s markers are applied structural pieces topped with luminous paint, and use the bold, double-digit style of modern racing chronographs.
CASE: That sunburst pattern in the dial is continued in the radial brushing on the top surface of the Spectre’s case, which has a barrel shape and short lugs, a nod to the cushion-case designs of the 1970’s.
The Spectre’s hour and minute hands are broad and bold, also with luminous paint applied. If you look closely at the seconds hand, you’ll notice a T-shaped flourish on the short end, which is a silhouette of the AC-130’s tail section, as seen from above.
We chose the highest quality components for the Spectre, including surgical-grade 316L stainless steel, and a slightly domed anti-reflective sapphire display crystal. The automatic movement is the Seiko calibre NH35, a hacking and hand-winding 24-jewel self-winding movement, beating 21,600 times per hour, with a quick-set date display, 41 hour power reserve and 99.96% accuracy. The Spectre has a screw down crown and is water resistant to 200 meters.
Along with the 4 o’clock crown, the barrel shape and short lugs help the 44mm diameter case wear comfortably, even on smaller wrists. The rest of the case is finished with a mix of polished and brushed surfaces.