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Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle Watch

Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle Watch Watch Releases

We’ve found that rolling out a ’60s-inspired dive watch in 2017 is a pretty surefire way to turn some heads. But when Ulysse Nardin, a brand known for complex regatta timers and Freakish innovations takes the plunge, you really have to stop, think twice, and take a closer look. For 2017, they’ve introduced the Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle watch, a straightforward diver with an in-house movement, silicone components, and real vintage vibes. There’s just one question: will it sink or swim in a sea of dive watches positioned in an immensely competitive price bracket? Let’s see.

Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle Watch Watch Releases

With so many brands tapping into their archives for vintage reissues these days, the term heritage gets tossed around quite a bit. Unlike many, Ulysse Nardin isn’t bluffing. Founded in 1846, their marine chronometers have seen considerable use in the hands of several world navies, and in 2001, they introduced the first watch to use a silicon escapement. Inspired by a 1964 model, Ulysse Nardin created the Diver Le Locle watch to pay tribute to that maritime heritage while incorporating the latest technology.

Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle Watch Watch Releases

At 42mm wide, the Ulysse Nardin  Diver Le Locle is moderately sized, which fits well with its vintage aesthetic. Though it’s hard to tell from press images alone, the lugs, while prominent, appear to be in proportion with the rest of the design as well. They’re beveled and display a great deal of polishing that continues throughout the rest of the 100m-water-resistant case. In fact, the entire case is polished – an interesting choice for a tool diver but people will find it attractive nevertheless.

Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle Watch Watch Releases

The dial, with the exception of the seconds sub-dial, feels like a blast from the past. It appears to have a deep, matte texture to it that contrasts heavily with the big Super-LumiNova indexes. Like many of these throwback divers, they have a faux patina look to them that really seems to rub people the wrong way more often than not – so have at it in the comments. Other touches include a simple date readout at 3 o’clock, circular cyclops, sapphire crystal with AR coating, and a cool handset with a segmented pattern for the minutes hand. My favorite aspect of this combination is the way it all complements the glossy aluminum bezel and its thick coin-edge pattern.

Powering the Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle is the in-house caliber UN-320. It’s where the watch gets most of its modern upgrades and the movement is fitted with both a silicone hairspring and escapement. Power reserve is 48 hours and Ulysse Nardin claims that each movement undergoes a strict certification process upon completion. Finally, the Ulysse Nardin  Diver Le Locle comes with a thick sailcloth strap. However, it seems as though it also features a leather back, which in my mind, almost defeats the purpose of a sailcloth strap and diminishes its performance in the water.

Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle Watch Watch Releases

There’s no doubt that the Ulysse Nardin  Diver Le Locle is a handsome timepiece. But, it’s a tough sell and I think the majority of individuals that’ll be attracted to it might be some pretty hardcore Ulysse Nardin fans to begin with or enthusiasts looking for something totally different altogether. Now, whether the in-house movement paired with silicone tech in a vintage-inspired diver is worth the price tag is totally up to the buyer but this watch is going to have some pretty stiff competition. Price for the Ulysse Nardin  Diver Le Locle watch is $9,600ulysse-nardin.com

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  • Mikita

    It’s definitely a very beatiful and slim dive watch. There are tons of live photos already – I see no reason to look at renders 🙂 I would absolute love to get one, in a heartbeat… BUT – $9.6k is an extremely high price, even Blancpain FF can be found cheaper today.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/36ca90e030ccd1060dd1772c09b10146d27e006ceb2ece0e4f566f312fe6c25f.jpg
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    Anyway – one of the best looking dive watches in 2017 IMHO.

    • John___B

      Sharp watch…take off the cyclops and take a zero off the price, and I might be interested. Otherwise, who buys this?

      But I wonder that about many of the watches I see on this site and others. Lots of nice, interesting pieces, but priced way, way too high.

      • Mikita

        Cannot argue with that. Grossly overpriced, but attractive bastard.

        • 200 Fathoms

          Much like myself.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Russians used to buy UN. I don`t know if they still do, but this is a brand making watches for Russia.

        • Mikita

          Yup, I also figured this some years ago. UN were popular among wealthy Russian collectors. But things are changing – I read some Russian forums (I’m Belarusian, and can read Russian as well) and see the tastes are changing towards less pretentious haute horlogerie such as Lange or JLC. And Rolex is like plague… ask for suggestion, and it doesn’t matter if you look for $100 watch or $100000, the only suggestion is “Get a Rolex!!!”

          • Saul Sloota

            I have no idea what his nationality was (I was getting a Polish vibe…), but the most ridiculously dressed man I’ve ever seen on a plane was wearing a rose gold UN. I spotted it across two aisles.

          • Mikita

            “Successful” man from Eastern Europe used to show off a lot more some years ago. Stupid suits, more gold, etc. I’m glad things are changing step by step 🙂
            P.S. I associated UN with tasteless luxury just in trend with who I described above, and, actually, never liked their watches. But their watches start growing on me with their recent releases..

          • Could be like Rolex for me – I like the watches a lot more than I like most of their owners.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            I don`t even mind so much of wealthy east europeans showing off, of course it`s ridiculous in a way. I worked in production facilities in the watch industry where besides so called frontarliers a lot of people from former Yugoslavia used to work, they came in the nineties due to war in their countries. But really a huge amount of them were driving around with M3s wearing Boss and LV and I knew how much they made. And it was far from a M3 lifestyle. One of this guys was burning his S600 to get the money from insurance. By throwing a molotov cocktail on it.

          • Mikita

            LOL!! While I haven’t seen extreme cases like that, I knew some guys who were driving BMW 760 / Audi S8 / Mercedes S600, while living in tiny rooms with their mothers. You know, the kind of lifestyle – “To live in order to seem.” Working on public became almost sense of their lives.

          • IG

            What’s the difference between Belorussian and Russian language? You Belorussians write with white on dark background?

          • Mikita
          • egznyc

            And I thought a “white Russian” was an alcoholic drink. Maybe it was developed in Belorussia?

          • Mikita

            No, our national drink is Krambambula 🙂

  • BNABOD

    looks great but hot damn almost 10 grand??? I get it, nice in house movement but still.
    not sure what I think about the cyclops and will be a tough sell against the FF

  • Max

    It’s light years better than their Black Sea collection, but worth it? I just think there are so many better priced similar watches in the marketplace that this would only appeal to UN buyers seeking to tone it down for a change.

  • Even Ulysee Nardin joins in the ‘faux vintage’ fray, eh? For $10k you can buy a brand new Seadweller or two vintage ones with legitimate patina. Or 5 Oris 65’s and a Caribbean dive trip.

  • SuperStrapper

    Why sub seconds? Pass.

    • ‘Cause it’s part of the UN heritage I guess. And the UN 320 movement was designed that way 🙂

      • ???

        But the photo Santiago uploaded above showed the original version had a central second hand.

        • That one no doubt used a different movement. UN used to start off with a lot of ETA movements. These days they are using their in-house movements to an ever greater degree.

          • ???

            Of course, but paying homage can’t be the reason of small second. And a central second modification shouldn’t be a big challenge.

  • IanE

    Awful date window and cyclops; not bad otherwise but, if you want a vintage look-alike with modern (and much more sophisticated) movement, why wouldn’t you choose the Omega Seamaster 300 (at about half the price) over this?

    • Mikita

      Much more sophisticated movement?

      • SPQR

        Err no. The Ulysee-Nardin does not have a “much more sophisticated movement” The Omega has a Master Co-axial movement with a silicon balance spring and co-axial escapement, 30% greater power reserve and is anti-magnetic to greater than 15000 Gauss. That is a sophisticated movement. It has 3 times the depth rating with a sapphire crystal display back. It also has a micro-adjustable clasp on the bracelet and no date window. Finally it is not as thick as an Omega diver normally is as it is 15mm thick instead of the 17 to 19 mm of the Planet Ocean. It also wears smaller than its measurements suggest.

        • Mikita

          1) UN-320 also has silicon spring and escapement.
          2) 15000 Gauss stuff is marketing gimmik. UN due to #1 is also anti-magnetic enough.
          3) Depth rating bla bla.. another marketing gimmick. 100M is just enough for snorkeling and skin diving; and let’s be honest – no one needs a mechanical watch when scuba diving.
          4) Sapphire crystal back – I don’t like them in dive watches. To see the machine finish of 8500? Meh. UN has attractive engraving on the caseback, which is far more appealing for a proper dive watch in my book.
          5) All 8500 based Omegas are hockey pucks.

          The only proper benefit of Omega is longer PR. The rest is marketing bullshit. And it’s funny to compare a mass manufacturer with over 800000 watches per year to haute horlogerie watchmaker. If you can’t get the difference between the two – let us agree to disagree.

          • SPQR

            Fully aware of so-called “haute horology” vs. so called “mass market” but this is a diving watch made in a faux vintage style. It is made by Ulysee-Nardin but it is touting for a similar buyer as the Seamaster 300, the Fifty Fathoms, the Tribute to Deep Sea and even the new Sea Dweller. The OP asked a very pertinent question, namely, why would anyone buy this watch over the Seamaster 300? The response given focused on the allegedly more sophisticated movement. It is not more sophisticated it is at best on a par with the Omega Cal.8400 and if Mr Daniels was correct probably less so. As for being able to see a machine made movement well if you do not like it that is fine but if the sophistication being referred to is in finishing or decoration in the Ulysee-Nardin movement that is irrelevant given the solid case back. As for using “bulls**t” to emphasise/justify opinions then yes I will agree to differ.

          • Mikita

            I was asking the OP why he considers Omega’s movement “much more sophisticated”. Please, read his comment more carefully.

          • Brosan55

            Ooh, look at you, Mr Haughty Horology! So, you wouldn’t lower yourself to wear an Omega or Rolex? Good luck wearing the $9k “proper dive watch” with an aluminum bezel. I think you’re the one who fell for the marketing bs.

          • Mikita

            Where did I say I wouldn’t wear Rolex or Omega?

          • Brosan55

            Just teasing you since you were down on the Omega 300!

  • TheChuphta

    I think this is quite good looking. The price point is so brutal that it’s essentially irrelevant (the cost, not the watch.. or maybe both? I dunno) For some reason this brand always conjures up images of men’s fragrances and expensive beach clothing in resort hotel shops.

  • Marius

    Ulysse Nardin has always been one of my favourite brands. Timepieces such as the “Trilogy Of Time”, “Moonstruck”, the Sonata or the Freak, as well as very talented watchmakers such as Ludwig Ochselin transformed Ulysse Nardin into one of the most interesting, yet underappreciated brands on the market. Nevertheless, I find this watch quite dissapointing.

    Firstly, I wouldn’t call the design derivative, but it’s not very original & fresh either. To me, this watch looks very similar to the Oris 65. In any case, I’m not terribly impressed by the design, which, to me, looks too clinical and practical. What’s more, I find the dial a bit boring, sterile, and cheap-looking. At this price, I would have expected at least white-gold circles surrounding the lume plots, à la Rolex Submariner.

    Secondly, the technical specs are not terribly impressive either. The 100m water resistance is decent, but considerably inferior to the “standard” 300m WR offered by Rolex and Omega on their dive watches. Sure, even 100m is enough for an amateur, but still, UN could have made the extra effort. Also, the movement featuring a silicon hairspring & escapement is interesting, but the reality is that nowadays, quite a large number of watches feature silicon components — some of these timepieces are in the sub-$2,000 range, such as the latest Tissots. Rolex and Omega movements are, for the most part, already equipped with silicon tech.

    Thirdly, I find the price to be extremely high, considering the current market realities. Watches such as the Rolex Submariner, Omega Planet Ocean, or various Breitlings are at least 20% – 40% cheaper. What’s the unique selling propostion of this UN diver? Why would I pay such a big premium for the UN? For $10,000 I would expect a slightly more complicated caliber such as chronograph, or a GMT, not just a simple three-hander.

    What’s even more surprising is that until now, Ulysse Nardin had a strategy of offering great watches at somewhat “acceptable” prices such as the Marin Chronograph Annual Calendar ($12,000); the email-dialed tourbillon ($28,000); or the UN Classico with the same movement and a Grand Feu dial for $8,500. Why is this diver priced so high? Honestly, if I wanted a UN diver, my first choice would be the UN Marine Annual Calendar Chrono — it’s $2,000 more expensive, but it’s a much better-looking watch, equipped with a much more complicated & interesting caliber.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      Might I add: I was always interested to look into Tissots Powermatic 80 chronometer with silicon hairspring, and last week I had one in my hands. I opened the case, took off the whole bridge with the rotor and found a plastic escapment. Considering it`s price it`s maybe still a good value but I had very bad experiences with plastic escapments. But I totally agree with your comment.

      • Marius

        Very interesting and useful information about the plastic escapement used by Tissot. Thank you for pointing this out.

        • Sheez Gagoo

          You`re welcome. I tried to find pictures of the escapment in the internet, but it was almost impossible. Even when I had it in my hands, it was impossible to look at it through the crystal. I had to disassemble it to take a look at it. I was expecting it, because Tissot has a history with plastic escapments.

          • Raymond Wilkie
          • Sheez Gagoo

            I took this picture, this is my hand. This is the Tissot chrono (C01 I think). I`ve posted this picture underneath your comment a few days ago. But thanks.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Sorry, i will © any other pics of yours i use.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            No problem. You can use my pictures. I don’t mind.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Sorry, I think I`ve got it all wrong. Didn`t realize the context. Deepest regrets.

          • BNABOD

            looks just like a lemania 5100…….say what…………..

      • Yan Fin

        Now you ruined it for me ?. I was tempted by this Tissot for some time. But seriously, thanks for info. I guess should be replaced rather soon, and I doubt it is easily awailable…

        • Sheez Gagoo

          It is as easy to repair as any other mech. watch. I don’t even know if it starts causing trouble earlier or later than other movements. I had bad experiences with the C01 chrono which has a lot of plstic parts. But I have to admit, I don’t know how the escapment affects functionality. I just don’t like plastic in my movements.

          • dennis

            I have the C01 chrono and no problem, keeps great time, but
            understand i rotate. Have a friend
            with the same watch, wears it
            all the time, bangs it constantly, end result, stop working, i sent it
            to my watchmaker and guess the problem, escapment.

          • Yan Fin

            Thanks.

      • Ah, a plastic escapement like in the Sistem 51? Technology sharing between Swatch Group companies?

        • Sheez Gagoo

          I think so. SG uses plastic escapments since the nineties in the Swatch Automatics. I was surprised to see a lot of plastic parts in Tissot Chronos, which are quite expensive for the quality you get. I was disapointed (but expected it ) in the Powermatic 80. The Sistem 51 I`ve seen keep randomly time and are poorly build and I`ve seen a lot of troubled Tissot Chronos, but I have to admit, I don`t have any statistics.

          • Thanks – interesting, with all of the roll out fanfare, I just assumed that the plastic escape wheel in the Sistem 51 was its first use by Swatch Group. What I’ve read is that some Sistem 51 watches keep pretty good time and others are just shitty. But since you can’t adjust them (being sealed units), you just take you chances when you buy one – unless you can time it before you buy it. But I’m guessing not too many Swatch Watch boutiques whip out a Witchi or Timegrapher as part of the sales experience, ha ha.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            No Witschis at all. I remember as a kid, I had a Casio and one day my mother gave me a Swatch so that I have a “serious” watch. First, it was ticking so horribly loud I couldn`t sleep with it in the same room. It was leaking all the time and I had about three Swatches in one year. Then the strap was f****d up twice a year and replaced by a strap that doesn`t fit. My Casio never had problems like this and it was cheaper than the Swatch. From this moment I was done with Swatch. The 51 is insultingly cheap build. It`s a $20 watch sold for $200. A ticking joke. Sometimes a non-ticking joke. I would buy a Seiko 5 instead. Hard to admit for a Swiss and for a Watchmaker. There are good Swiss watches around but there are really a lot where I have to say you`re better of with a Seiko, Casio or even a Fossil. Sometimes I think the “Swiss Made” of average or even bad watches rises the price around 200% or more.

          • Mikita

            I had the Swatch Turtle watch a couple of years ago, I bought it for $125 in the official Swatch shop. The worst watch I have ever had, absolute crap. First of all it was astonishingly
            inaccurate (for a quartz!! watch), the plastic bezel broke after
            the first (!) bathing, the lume was absolutely worst I have ever seen. But what bothered me most – the NATO strap it came with was of such unbelievably poor quality that it simply disheveled in a couple of weeks, covered in pellets and puffs. Plastic buckle cracked on a 3 day BTW, just cracked in the center. I was still wearing it with hand made buckle… In the end, they watch just became a piece of garbage in two month or so. This is the worst way I spent $125 on a watch. Okay, I can understand everything – but damn how can such simple stuff as NATO be so poorly made? After all, any of the Chinese NATOs for 1-3 bucks I got from Aliexpress are still alive and looking fine… I just wonder where could Swatch Group find such piece of crap?! LOL
            The morale is – if Swatch Group treats their buyer in the lower segment in such a way, it may discourage a person to move higher on the stairs of brands under their umbrella.. I know, it’s kinda silly to compare a $125 watch to Omega or even Tissot – but damn, couldn’t they even try to make the entry point less dumb. I have a $50 Seiko 5, $100 Orient, $60 Luch – any of them are miles above Swatch watches. Take Orient Bambino or Mako/Ray in one hand and Swatch in another – and you wonder how these watches can even be in the same league of price. And Tissot not only have plastic details in C01 / G10 (what a crappy movement…) / PC80, but you know – they use cheaper steel alloy with higher concentration of Nickel – it causes allergia for many people I know (Tissot are extremely popular in Eastern Europe and in Belarus especially).

            Anyway – there are many descent Swiss watches below 1k, even under Swatch Group umbrella – take Hamilton or Mido, for instance. Atlantic, Oris, Raymond Weil, EDOX, Claude Bernard – are more or less okay in the entry Swiss segment IMHO.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            This study will anwer a lot of your questions about crappy Swiss watches. SG call this a “study” but you can`t argue with facts:
            http://www.ccrs.uzh.ch/dam/jcr:5b99146b-e64c-4ae3-b324-d9cc5c17f8e6/2016.06.%20When%20corporatism%20leads%20to%20corporate%20governance%20failure.pdf

          • Mikita

            Need time to study that 🙂 thanks.

      • Mikita

        Here is an example of opened C01 caliber. I think, Powermatic 80 has something similar inside?
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/af882c9a6c7416421b8b4d493df7c37ffb0ab1b12089f3b617358f03949eeceb.jpg

        • Sheez Gagoo

          Exactly. There were no plastic bridges in the P80 but the esapment wheel and anchor were plastic.

          • Mikita

            Thanks, I always wanted to know that. I know – it might not affect the accuracy and/or the reliability, but I just don’t like the idea of having some movement parts made of plastic.. especially the moving/gearing ones.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            I ave not completely a problem with plastic in the movement but:
            1. I want to know about plastic in m movement. SG is constantly trying to hide it under bridges or tiny crystals on the back.
            2. I don`t wan`t to pay a premium money for an at least average or bad watch. $200 for a system 51? A watch entirely build by robots, not repairable and made of the cheapest and worst plastic available? A Casio is made of plastic as well but it lasts! Pour some ethanol on a swatch and the glass will become yellow and crack!
            3. Some may consider me as a traitor but te Swiss watcch industry is in a horribly bad conditon due to a lack of quality and lack of technology. I like the Swiss watch industry but I think there is no industry that makes it so hard to do so.
            4. The customer decides what`s good or not. Not the industry. Just because it worked for decades doesn`t mean it works nowadays.
            5. Competition. A lot of watchmakers and even managers are not aware of Seikos and Casios. They never heard of them and don`t care.
            That`s why I like this blog, you have watch afficionados from all over the world. And I like the american spirit (in this case) of asking: what do I get for my money? It`s not just about branding and taking a premium it`s also about facts. It also enlargens my horizon.

          • Mikita

            1. I think they aren’t proud of it if they are hiding it 🙂
            2. You know – it was a surprise for me that there still exists plastic of such bad qulity in XXI century.
            3. I would have agreed with you, but how about some good examples in the right direction? For instance, Frederique Constant inhouse flyback chrono for less that 4k or perpetual calendar (error free compared to Patek Philippe) for less than 6k today. This is insane considering all those overpriced crap we all know. I applaud FC / Alpina / Arnold & Son / Angelus for pushing the prices down in entry, middle and haute horlogerie segments.
            4. True. I wonder why so many Swiss brands don’t realize this. It seem sometimes that they are existing in some kind of vacuum, isolated from their customers…
            5. How couldn’t they be aware? 🙂 People are shouting about Seiko / Casio / Orient / Stowa / Sinn etc. and other value-oriented brands from every corner, almost every blog. And what about Grand Seiko? People have now totally realised that the only real value is the crafsmanship; you can tell stories, you can push “historical” bullshit, but in the end of the day it’s about the level of attention to the quality of the end product. People now start to compare GS to Rolex and Omega and see that the first may not only be superiorly finished, but are actually far more exclusive (yes, the legendary motto of Swiss watchmakers) considering the amount of hand work and quantity of watches per year.

            Totally agree on the community here. In my opinion it’s one of the most diverse and unbiased I’ve ever talked to. Many other forums, due to some reasons unknown, try to manipulate the facts and popularise some brands – such as Rolex or Omega, for instance. People there can find 100000 reasons why you “need” a Rolex/Omega even if you didn’t want it or if you have no spare funds on these watches. And I hate such forums; while I love to come here to read the opinions.

    • TrevorXM

      You’re right about the Ulysse Nardin Marine Annual Calendar Chrono — that’s one hell of a watch with its own strong style and great movement for just $2k more! And what is the difference between spending 10 or 12 for a watch, really?

  • TrevorXM

    I don’t know about this one. I think it’s an attractive diver but they have a big problem: the iconic Blancpain is right at this price range. And it has some big technical advantages. 300m instead of 100m may be a little academic, but it is significant. Far more significant is that this UN has a 48 hour reserve while the Blancpain has an astounding 120 hours! And the styling is really nice but not very original, and as noted in the piece, that faux patina is off-putting. No doubt they’ll still find buyers who don’t care much about those things. Glancing down at the comments below, I see that these things don’t sit well with ABTW critics.

    • egznyc

      I’m not so bothered by this faux patina but the power reserve is kind of lame, I agree, for this price point.

  • Bill Grist

    Beautiful watch that has priced itself out consideration.

  • GhostlyProduct

    Looks better in person, but I agree the price is lofty. Sorry about the lop-sided photo. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dbe6c796c4dd6cc053dd1629a75b48965b1fc9e3a9d779253309d1cda00aaab5.jpg

  • Middle

    Looks nice but that bezel is identical to the Oris 65, which also has a much better looking face. I guess it’s inside what counts.

    • kramdrallim

      Yeah I’m going with the Oris as well. Actually I reckon Oris has the Swiss dove watch market covered all together when looking at style, functions, quality and price.

  • DanW94

    A great looking watch. A version of their Classico Manufacture dress watch in SS uses the same movement and you can get one grey market for like 35-40 percent off. So you’ll probably see these cheaper at some point. Chalk up the premium price to the cachet of the manufacturer. If you’re lucky enough to have the funds to ride that luxury train, good for you. Otherwise, do what most of us do and catch the bus to Seiko diver town.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I like it a lot but someone would have to buy it for me. I concur about the sub second markers.It’s really boring but i would wear it.

  • Mr. Snrub

    Sexy as hell (especially the wrist shot posted below) but 10k… whew lad

  • Saul Sloota

    That hour hand looks like a shortie.

    • egznyc

      “Don’t want no short short … hand.” Well I’m always more concerned with a minute or second hand’s length than an hour hand. Sometimes an hour hand can be too long. IMO these hands are just fine. But the price … ouch.

    • Yan Fin

      And the back please?

  • I used to think a minute hand that relative length was “too short,” but when I was looking at my Seiko (king of the short hands) snorkeling recently, it gave a clear view of the minute viewed at an extreme angle. A longer hand would’ve been hidden by the rehaut.

  • Ross Diljohn

    Or…How many ways can you rerun the same basic design under a different brand and get idiots to pay ridiculous amounts for it.

    • Saul Sloota

      (sheepishly puts away checkbook)

    • Mr. Snrub

      I view it as for the guy with a Rolex budget who wants something more esoteric.

  • PR

    Direct competition to Blancpain Bathyscaphe at this price, but missing out on the design and specs in comparison. I’m not getting where UN is going with this pricing strategy, they are pricing themselves out.

    • Yeah the Blancpain Bathyscaphe (a favorite watch of mine) also came to mind as a competitor. Both are nice and in some ways this UN has more design harmony but because of that, maybe a little less personality than the Blancpain.

  • otaking241

    Another watch where printing directly on a textured dial results in sloppy, blurry-looking marks. I like a bit of texture but they have got to figure out a way to get clean text on there–it’s absolutely unforgivable for a $10K timepiece to have such rough markings on the dial. Also loses points for unnecessary cyclops. Nice clean design otherwise and one of the best UNs to date, but hard to endorse for the above reasons.

    • Not aware that Grand Seiko will produce items for 3rd party watch brands.

      • otaking241

        Maybe a business opportunity for someone to supply equally well-made handsets to the OEMs? So few come anywhere near them in terms of precision machining and design, even where price points are 2-3 times as high…

    • Sheez Gagoo

      The printing on a tetured dial was also a problem for me on the Cartier Drive. They didn`t do it on the tourbillon but on the three hander. So sad. For me the drive was the best collecton this (or last?) year. An excellent watch, a real beauty but printing on a textured dial…

  • GalaxyGuy

    A nice looking watch, but I think I would have to pass on it, as I feel there are too many other more interesting prospects at that price point.

    Throughout the article the word “silicone” is used, where I believe it should be “silicon.” Silicon is a semi-metal used in the semiconductor industry while silicone is a polymer used in, among other things, breast implants. Sorry to be pedantic, but the materials scientist in me can’t help it.

  • Mark1884

    I really like UN and have been looking at the Maxi Marine for some time.
    This UN diver looks pretty good to me. I would have preferred that the lume not be “aged” and the bezel be ceramic. (I know they went for a vintage look)
    Although I like this one, the price will have me going after the Maxi Marine.

    • Shinytoys

      +1 on the maxi marine !

  • HectorAsuipe

    This is my new dive watch – ack! don’t get it wet!

    Lovely design from afar, but no ceramic bezel? Needs a bracelet and about 30% drop in price, then I’d give it another look (along with the Rolex Sub, Omega SMP300, and another dozen of the same ilk).

  • thecouchguy

    Dat printing.

  • George Tsatalios

    Really now? $9,600?
    Please someone explain in very simple words the price…The tech? The movement?
    In my humble opinion watch industry has to take down a notch the price tag for the so called limited editions. Very nice watch but wayyyyyyy over priced

  • John William Salevurakis

    Soon to be a available for $6500 on the grey market….for those who can tolerate the presence of this date window. 🙁

  • thecouchguy

    When this hits the grey market it will be a competative purchase. I love the overall look of it, stunning, it grabbed me straight away and I fell in love with it. It’s even the first cyclops watch that I am considering putting on the dream list.

    That being said I’m about to split screen this with the Bathyscaphe for my dream diver showdown. I’ve been in love with the Bathyscaphe since I first saw it about 8 months ago. I need to stare at this one for a year then see which one I’m still in love with.

    A big minus perhaps is the printed dial. How will it patina? I feel for this price UL could have done some sweet sweet applied indicies to make it pop more and suit it’s price bracket. Need to see it in person but how will the printed face hold up against a Planet Ocean or Bathyscaphe?

  • Garrett Hu

    I like the way this one looks, kind of reminds me of the Zenith CP2. The Zenith is priced at $7700 for an El Primero movement, so I would expect this one to come in at $6000-$7000? At $9600 I would get the new Marine with the Grand Feu Enamel dial also with in house movement at a couple hundreds more any day. But like some comments below, they will end up on the grey market in 6 months and you can probably pick one up for 45% less. UN is one f those “internet” brands which really is sad but they have also done minimal marketing in the US.

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