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UNIMATIC Modello Uno U1-BN LE Black PVD

UNIMATIC Watches of Italy have released two new special editions of their debut diver, the Modello Uno in a limited series of 240 pieces –

of which, 40 pieces are in Black PVD priced €550 + VAT. 40 wasn’t nearly enough so unfortunately they have already all sold out. :(

We’ve seen the Modello Uno before, it’s a really nice looking diver – it’s quite simple but with some familiar old school references – however there’s nothing overly derivative about it.

The U1-BN has also has a number really appealing design features, some borrowed such as the serial number engraving in between its lugs and the sterile bezel that recalls Blancpain's Fifty Fathoms 3H from the 1970s.

I really like the simplicity shown here, it’s a tried and tested route when designing a dive watch and in many ways is the only way to achieve that classic / timeless look that we all love.

So how about the actual watch? The U1-BN has been Made in Italy and features a solid 316 Black PVD coated Stainless steel case with: a 2mm screwdown caseback and –

an 8mm crown together with high quality gaskets allowing an individually tested water-resistance to 300 meters. The caseback features Unimatic’s signature conversion scale engraving.

Further divers features include: a highly legible black dial with maxi markers in old Radium coloured SuperLumiNova, a double-domed anti-reflective Sapphire crystal and –

a unidirectional rotational divers bezel with coin-edges and a black aluminium insert sans dive-time scale but with a single matching Radium coloured 12hr pearl.

Power comes from a SEIKO NH35A automatic mechanical movement tuned to 21600bph with 41hrs power reserve and a hacking seconds hand.

U1-BN comes on a 22mm black heavy duty nylon NATO strap with a custom black PVD coated Unimatic signed buckle.

Like your divers with sterile bezel? So do we – check these out: [Poseidon] [Squale] [Nevon] [Benarus] [Manta Ray] [Fondale] [CH1]


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