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Unimatic Delivers Six New Limited-Edition Watches In The Modello Uno And Modello Tre Series

Unimatic Delivers Six New Limited-Edition Watches In The Modello Uno And Modello Tre Series Watch Releases

Over the past several years, independent Italian manufacturer Unimatic has won itself a loyal following thanks to its dedication to clean, functional design with a unique flair. As the brand prepares for 2020, it has announced six new updated models in the core Modello Uno and Modello Tre series of divers and chronographs, all featuring evolutions of the marque’s signature style, along with a few impressive mechanical upgrades.

Unimatic Delivers Six New Limited-Edition Watches In The Modello Uno And Modello Tre Series Watch Releases

The four new models in the Modello Uno series, the U1-F, U1-FN, U1-FM, and U1-FMN, are all instantly recognizable as Unimatics, sharing the same elemental, utilitarian 40mm stainless steel case depth-rated to 300 meters as previous Modello Unos, with a tactical black DLC finish for the U1-FN and U1-FMN. In addition, the same Seiko NH35 automatic movement as prior versions provides reliable power. Where the new quartet of offerings begin to distinguish themselves, however, is in the details.

Unimatic Delivers Six New Limited-Edition Watches In The Modello Uno And Modello Tre Series Watch Releases

Each of the four follows the familial Modello Uno no-date dial layout, with Submariner-esque printed indices (minus the horizontal index at 6 o’clock) and lume-filled ladder hands but alters the proportions substantially. The indices themselves have been shrunken a bit, while the dial’s minutes track has been shortened, pulling those smaller indices wider apart and making the matte black dials feel much larger than before.

Unimatic Delivers Six New Limited-Edition Watches In The Modello Uno And Modello Tre Series Watch Releases

For the U1-FM and U1-FMN, the brand takes this a step further by eliminating the minute tracks entirely for a minimalist, pared-back look. This reproportioning is a clever way to give the watch a bit more visual presence on the wrist without actually upping the size, but it also runs the risk of diluting some of Unimatic’s DNA. Without those big, closely spaced markers, these new models feel more like a run-of-the-mill sterile dial diver than before.

Unimatic Delivers Six New Limited-Edition Watches In The Modello Uno And Modello Tre Series Watch Releases

While the minimal no-marker bezels of the U1-FM and U1-FMN are carryovers from previous iterations, the bezel inserts of the U-1F and U-1FN have some slight tweaks to match the new dials. While the overall layout with minute hashes and numerals at 15, 30 and 45 minutes has been carried over from the last-gen U1-E, the numerals themselves are slimmer and more upright to reflect the dial’s smaller indices. It doesn’t sound like much on paper, but it does inject a touch more modernity into the design.

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Unimatic Delivers Six New Limited-Edition Watches In The Modello Uno And Modello Tre Series Watch Releases

Unimatic adds some larger changes to the four new Modello Uno models inside the case, where a revised internal case construction adds a solid metal movement holder for greater shock resistance and overall durability.

Unimatic Delivers Six New Limited-Edition Watches In The Modello Uno And Modello Tre Series Watch Releases

Both the U1-F and U1-FN are offered on a 22mm black signed NATO strap with matching hardware, while the minimalist U1-FM and U1-FMN opt for stitchless black Horween leather.

Unimatic Delivers Six New Limited-Edition Watches In The Modello Uno And Modello Tre Series Watch Releases

Like the new models in the Modello Uno line, the two new additions to the Modello Tre chrono diver series are more evolution than revolution. The 40mm stainless steel cases of the U3-F and DLC coated U3-FN are identical to the previous models released early in 2019, right down to the 300 meter depth rating, as are the Seiko VK64 meca-quartz movements and black NATO straps. At first glance, the changes to the dials of the Modello Tre pairing are even less apparent than the other new models, staying with the maxi-dial-styled oversized indices.

Unimatic Delivers Six New Limited-Edition Watches In The Modello Uno And Modello Tre Series Watch Releases

What has changed, however, is the color of the dial printing. The yellow accents of the minutes track, subdials, logo, dial text and central seconds tip are all gone, replaced with stark white. Likewise, the slightly warm tone of the original Modello Tre’s Super-LumiNova is also bleached to pure white. Rather than the no-marker minimal bezel of the originals, both of these new additions share the new bezel insert with the U1-F and U1-FN, bringing back some much needed functionality.

Unimatic Delivers Six New Limited-Edition Watches In The Modello Uno And Modello Tre Series Watch Releases

While the mild changes of the new Modello Uno models serve to remove some of Unimatic’s design distinctiveness, if anything, the even smaller changes of the Modello Tre are quite the opposite. With the new severe, white-on-black color scheme and usable dive bezel, the U3-F and U3-FN feel more purposeful, sharper, and more refined than their predecessors.

Unimatic Delivers Six New Limited-Edition Watches In The Modello Uno And Modello Tre Series Watch Releases

Each of these new Unimatic iterations is a limited edition, as well, with the U1-F limited to 600 units, the U1-FN to 300 units, the U1-FM to 400 units, the U1-FMN to 200 units, the U3-F to 400 units, and the U3-FN to 200 units. Models will be available at authorized retailers beginning December 9 at $610 for the U1-F, $725 for the U1-FN, $680 for the U1-FM, $795 for the U1-FMN, $610 for the U3-N, and $725 for the U3-FN. Please visit the brand’s website for further information.

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  • Mikita

    “Unimatic Delivers 6 New Limited Editions”

    Safe to say – every Unimatic is a limited edition. From the limited to the limited. Only for unique brave hearts: 600, 300, 400, 200, 400 and another 200 brave hearts. Almost 2k in total. Very limited, be quick.

  • Esteban

    “clean, functional design”, yeah, “deconstructed divers” with no markings are functional.
    Can’t read past that.

  • Mark Fenimore

    Why, why, why, Unimatic, did you not reissue the best looking model out of the original batch!?

    Having owned one of these briefly I can speak to their quality and I must say I was impressed. Paying this kind of money for NH35 and quartz-powered watches is a little nuts, but this watch is all about the unique design which is certainly no small feat in today’s saturated market. That being said, mine ran +1 sec/day, had a great bezel feel, and looked and felt damn good on the wrist. Isn’t that what it’s all about anyways? The only reason I sold mine is that I was terrified of putting a big gash through that blacked out aluminum bezel and ruining the look of the thing.

    The included straps were really high quality and I had a bracelet with mine which was built like a tank but too heavy for my taste. I’m sad to see that these aren’t coming with the rubber NATOs they provided in the first batches, they were pretty sweet and super comfortable. Kind of wish I never sold mine, they’ve appreciated quite a bit so I’ll probably never pick up another at the prices they’re going for unless they re-release this model. Just saw one sell on the Bay for almost $1,000 last month…!

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    • Independent_George

      I like Unimatic, but I have always hesitated because I don’t feel like paying $600+ USD for an NH35 that might be plus or minus 20 secs/day out of the box. Good to here that Unimatic provides some kind of QC.

      • Mikita

        I’ve had several Seikos on 4R35 – none of them was running +/- 20 sec/day. The worst was doing something like +/- 9 sec/day, which is still acceptable. I believe it strongly depends on how well the movement was adjusted/oiled during being assembled with the watch. What Seiko did is just to protect themselves from mistakes made by microbrands.

    • egznyc

      Yeah, that one would be my choice, too. It just looks so cool! But how was the lume – could you see it after a few hours in the dark? Would be even better if it had a ceramic or sapphire bezel.

  • SuperStrapper

    I feel like I should like this brand but have never been able to bring myself to do it. The watches all kinda seem ironic somehow.

    • egznyc

      And isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?
      A little too ironic, and yeah I really do think.

  • Buy and Sold

    If the rubber straps were molded to the lugs I would buy.

  • egznyc

    That’s disappointing. A great design but if I cannot see it in the dark, that’s not great for a diver.

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