By TLex This one really speaks to me. There's no doubt about U-BOAT's Italian roots, it's quite reminiscent of a Panerai or Ennebi diver, but still has its own distinct and unique U-BOAT flavor. Damn shame it'll be limited to a mere 29 pieces.
Specs include a gargantuan 64.4mm blackened Grade5 titanium case, 400 meters water-resistance and a manually wound movement by means of its retractable winding arm. It has 46hrs power reserve. A hand made brown Cordovan leather strap with Ti buckle completes the look. Wow, Italian styling at its best, I'm smitten!
From U-BOAT Lucca, 1942 - Ilvo Fontana, crafter of precision engineering instruments, received a prestigious commission from the Italian Navy to design and build a new model of watch for their pilots. This challenge meant satisfying the high quality standards of the Navy and respecting very precise technical specifications, but above all guaranteeing maximum visibility and legibility in any light and weather condition. The project did not materialized for political reasons.
In 2000 Italo Fontana, Ilvo Fontana's grandson, came across the designs from that period, which were to become his source of inspiration for the creation of the first U-Boat watch and a new dimension in time.
U-Boat watches are all this: strong identity, large size, perfect legibility in all light and weather conditions, along with its distinctive and characteristic design - the left-hand crown protected by a specially designed safety cover. Every U-Boat watch is handcrafted in Italy and each tiny detail is overseen by Italo Fontana.
CASE 64.4mm Grade5 titanium / 64.4mm (without crown) 69.5mm (with crown), thickness of 18.5mm, lockable rotating bezel, 7,2mm thick PMMA crystal, back of case secured by six encapsulated hex nuts and engraved with watch number and other information
DIAL Brass dial with painted, highly luminescent hour markers, German silver luminous hands, numbered plaque at Six, and small seconds at three o'clock
MOVEMENT Swiss auto with 18,800 vph rate, 17 rubies, power reserve 46hrs
STRAP Brown shell-cordovan band hand-crafted in Italy with width of 26mm and extra-large Ti buckle.