By TLex This year's version of the U-BOAT Classico U-1001 is now available with both a new case material and a new case size. Stainless steel has been chosen over Grade 2 Titanium and the watch now measures a modest 47mm rather than 55mm. Its '1001' moniker denotes not only its 1001m depth rating, a tribute to Italo Fontana's passion for diving, but also its production run of 1001 pieces of each color that the watch comes in, that being either blue or orange.
MOVEMENT Automatic mechanical, modified and personalized at U-BOAT specifications for stem position at 9 o’clock. Height 4,60mm, jewels 25. Power reserve 40 hours.
FUNCTIONS Hours, minutes, seconds, date at 4 o’clock. Frequency 28.800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz.
CASE In steel. Distinguishing crown on left side, with a special protective device (protected as a Trade Mark) and helium escape valve, serial number engraved on a steel plate, set on the left hand side of the case. Diameter 47 mm.
BACK Screwed in, limited edition 1001 units, serial numbering engraved in basrelief. Rotor with Cotes de Geneve decoration.
DIAL The dial of this model is made up of two superimposed dials: one treated with superluminova and coloured pigments added (orange or blue) and the other one cut, treated with composed opaque black pigments. Arabic numerals, superluminova luminous hands. 1001 writing in high relief.
CRYSTAL High quality sapphire, scratchproof, 4,5 mm thick.
WATER-RESISTANCE 1001 metres - 100 ATM.
STRAP Black, rubber (hypoallergenic) with plate in steel, deployante buckle. Width 23/22 mm. Fastened to the case with screws.