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Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Refreshed For 2014

Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Refreshed For 2014 Watch Releases

The Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver is one of the few trademark collections of the brand, packing some unique design features that have for long set this model apart from the rest. In fact, it was among the first dive watches that we recall to have a decidedly dressy and elegant flair to it, a successful experiment in mixing the prestige of a high-end brand with the cool-factor of dive watches. For 2014, Ulysse Nardin decided to refresh its Marine Diver line by focusing on some important aesthetic refinements, all the while keeping its fundamentals intact.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Refreshed For 2014 Watch Releases

You see, despite the company’s some 170 years of history in making exceptionally accurate marine chronometers and its unique anchor logo, Ulysse Nardin is hardly one of the first names that spring to mind when we think of nautical themed Swiss brands. The reason for that is that more recently we have been overwhelmed by the array of beautiful and highly complicated – and as such, more dressy and fragile – watches which the brand has been releasing, truly sublime pieces, like the 4-Gong Sonnerie or the “Stranger” Music box watch.

With that in mind, it is easy to see why this face lift – as they like to say in the automotive industry – is most welcome news from the Le Locle-based manufacture. What is new for the Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver in 2014 is a number of aesthetic improvements, so let’s see what these are one by one.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Refreshed For 2014 Watch Releases

The most obvious modification was performed on the watch’s 44 millimeter wide stainless steel case. While previous models offered a more angular, dare we say “tool-like” look, the 2014 model sports a more organic appearance, thanks to a few notable changes in its construction. For one, its lugs are now flared, and those elegantly curved two-tier lugs unquestionably help to create a more refined appearance. The crown protectors follow suit as they trace the shape of the case more closely than the rather blocky ones we have been seeing on previous models. The crown is new too, so to speak, now covered in “claw-shaped” rubber for better grip and a sportier appearance.

The dial and the bezel, both available in either black or blue, feature the wave pattern, which has for long been a trademark design feature of the Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver. With that said, the bezel has been slightly modified, and now comprises framed numerals for the more important ten-minute markings, making for somewhat improved legibility. With the same goal in mind, the dial has been modified as well, now sporting some clearly visible red markings at the center of all indices as well as the hour and minute hands. Since previous Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver references had little to no issues when it came to legibility, we feel these aesthetic refinements have been performed more for the sake of updated looks, rather than for actually enhanced performance.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Refreshed For 2014 Watch Releases

The movement inside remains the UN-26, an ETA 2892A2 which the brand has “personalized,” firstly by decorating it to the level that matches the standards – and the price point – of Ulysse Nardin, adding swirled Côtes de Genève striping, circular graining, and the custom UN rotor. As far as the more technical and practical aspects of the UN-26 are concerned, the base 2892 is further modified by the addition of the brand’s own movement module, allowing for the display of the movement’s power reserve, as well as the repositioning of the base movement’s central seconds hand into the running seconds of the subdial at the 6 o’clock position. The seemingly negligible height of this module makes the date disc, which is located on the base movement, appear rather small and difficult to read, hence a tiny cyclops is placed on the sapphire crystal for improved legibility.

In short, the new Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver offers a few, albeit certainly noticeable aesthetic modifications over its previous iterations, while it remains a potent competitor among high-end desk-divers. The Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver comes equipped with either rubber strap matching the color of the dial and bezel, or on a steel bracelet, with prices coming in at $8,500 and $9,700 respectively.

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  • Ulysses31

    It’s a nice bracelet, but man, that dial is fugly.  Let me guess, the white stripes control bad breath while the red stripe deters tartar?  Also, rubber has no place on a component that will be frequently touched by oily-skinned humans.  Yep, i’ll have to pass on the U.N “Toothpaste” edition.

  • Ulysses31 I kinda of like the dial with the wave pattern which is an evolved version of what they previously had. But boy are you spot on with the toothpaste analogy. That was what I was seeing but I could not name it. Thanks. Then I got to wondering what it would look like with out the fresh breath stripes.

  • nateb123

    Definitely can’t wait until this collection is gone.  Really all it’s ever needed is a redial with less of the busy texturing (same goes for the bezel insert).  But UN continues to be stubborn…

  • Cagatay10

    I really like UN Marine Diver’s and when i started to read this article i was hoping that they finally put an in-house caliber in the new models. Highly disappointed again. Brands like UN, IWC, Breitling should really stop to use third party movements to deserve those price tags.

  • Love UN dearly, and to be fair, these are actually more impressive in the metal than even a rendering can show, but this line has never really interested me that much.

  • Ulysses31

    MarkCarson Ulysses31 I like the ocean waves theme too.  Just not enough subtlety for my tastes.  Other versions of this style (like the all-black with blue markers and hands) are more my thing.

  • jesvtine

    I want that black one…someone give’me it….just…give’me.

  • CG

    Leave the red on it, it punches up the contrast with the blue wave face… Outstanding! But get rid of the edition count on the side, let the srial number on the back reflect the edition count.

  • Ulysses31 I think that the intent was to refer to nautical signaling flags, but they overdid it. All markers and both hands is too much. Were the flags just on the main markets or only on the hands, it wouldn’t be so toothpasty.

  • Ulysses31

    emenezes Ulysses31 You’re right.  I’ve seen it on some Corum watches too.  I don’t think flags make for an attractive design element though.

  • AccdiModa

    We agree with CG! The read really pumps that nautical feel into the watch and that atrocious serial number on the side has got to go! All-in-all the facelift looks wonderful! We may actually add it to our collection!

  • JorgeBorbolla

    Ulysse Nardin suffers from the Girard Perregaux syndrome, reluctant to change, making crazy dive watches look like toys. For me this one is a mess, the bubble on the date, the rubber, the wave pattern on the dial and bezel, power indicator, 44mm. Lol, this is making the seahawk look good.

  • watchlux

    The blue version is quite nice although I do not like this waves motif. An Eta movement 2892 platine for this kind of luxury watch is not enouph. Sorry if this might offend some of you guys but I consider ETA a very poor and basic movement. I much appreciate small manufacturers like Soprod, Dubois Depraz, Technotime, etc… Great finishing as all the Ulysses Nardins and this might justufy the pricing. From a technical point of view there is nothing special. Nothing in hardware/case that is really catching my eyes. This is really creazy money howerver considering in Europe it retail for 5.500€ it is not so bad. The Exchange rate is Killing the USA market.

  • ZL

    I could get several Mido Ocean Star watches in different colors or I could get this. Or I could get one Mido and spend my remaining $7K on something else.

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