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Unimatic Modello Uno U1-A Watch Review

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Launching with the fittingly named Unimatic Modello Uno, this Italian micro-brand dive watch was something that stood out immediately for me with its minimalistic and utilitarian design – and somewhat mysterious origin… I say mysterious because if you visit their webpage, you’ll be greeted by nothing more than a handsome picture of the Unimatic Modello Uno, some technical specifications, and a button to purchase said watch. No proclamations of brand ethos, no smartly worded headlines, and not even a hint of “market positioning,” “brand history,” or other such text — just a simple “Here I am. Buy me.” Well damn… I just had to know more! Fortunately for me, my thirst for more would soon be slaked, as Unimatic’s premier watch came to us for review shortly thereafter.

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Starting with the patently obvious: the clean and simple styling makes this look much more like a “technical instrument” than a beacon of style and status, and I’m certainly more than fine with that. I feel like this Unimatic Modello Uno watch offers me something fresh and new, which is definitely saying something when you consider how dive watches are some of the most available on the market. It’s also a genre that I feel has more stylistic limitations, meaning that in order for something to be viewed as a dive watch, there are more visual cues you have to touch upon. It’s a tight space to work within, and I’m glad to see the Unimatic Modello Uno as something fresh.

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The engraving on the caseback not only looks a bit like the Springfield Isotopes logo, it adds to the “technical instrument” vibe.

I know, I know… Some of you are saying, “Do we really need yet another dive watch?” and to that, I say, “Why not? Do you hate fun? What has fun ever done to you!?” Kidding aside, sometimes it’s the smallest details that make us interested in a particular watch, and I personally feel like the Unimatic Modello Uno does something for me that many a dive watch have not. The simplicity of the case is quite clever. The lines that define the shape of the lugs are smartly mirrored by the crown guard. The coin edge of the 120-click bezel is again echoed by the knurling of the crown, and the mix of brushed and polished finishes add a touch of visual depth. I also really like the flat bezel and insert, which almost makes the double domed sapphire crystal look flat as well. The bracelet endlinks fit snugly against the case, and the 41.5mm size feels really nice on the wrist — not too big and not too small: just right.

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A good fit on the wrist, the Unimatic Modello Uno looks a tad smaller than the actual 41.5mm size, but feels perfectly balanced.

The dial is matte black, and I mean MATTE, yet it is a different matte black finish from the bezel insert and hands, which makes for some really awesome light play across the dial, polished outer bezel, insert, and crystal. The sapphire also has a bluish anti-reflective coating on the inside, so when the lighting around you changes, or you just tilt your wrist a bit, you get a really interesting effect where the colour of the dial and the bezel seem to swap back and forth. Dial looks grey, bezel looks black. tilt Dial looks black, bezel looks grey. tilt Dial looks bluish, bezel looks greenish… I could go on here, but I’ll just say that on more than one occasion I caught myself dribbling from the lip while I did this. It’s not a practical feature, but it is damn well hypnotic, so it surely needs to be noted.

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Another feature of the dial is the placement of the logo on the bottom half above 6 o’clock, which in the absence of an icon/wordmark logo really seems to make sense for the layout. It also looks a bit more military-esque this way, and balances quite well with the triangular marker at 12. The lume is Super-LumiNova C3-type lume, and it definitely glows bright enough for you to see the time at night, although the glow is slightly uneven between the dial, hands, and pearl. The hands glow the brightest, followed by the dial in second, and the pearl on the bezel in third, although I found the charge evens out after a bit in the darkness. I also really like how they made the lollipop on the back side of the seconds hand the part with lume so they could have the bright orange tip you see in the daylight.

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Now, I seldom go diving any deeper than the bottom drawers on my desk, but if you wanted to go for more than just a splash in the Unimatic Modello Uno, the construction definitely feels like it’s up for the challenge. As you may have guessed, I am not the best person to test this feature out, but the Unimatic Modello Uno’s watertight case will apparently go one-thousand feet deep before it springs a leak… According to my calculations, that means it can withstand 433.51psi, although I can’t guarantee that your head won’t pop like a scene straight out of Scanners at that depth.

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Next up is the movement — a Seiko NH35A automatic with hacking seconds that can be wound by hand, although you don’t need to give it much juice to get it going and keep it that way. It’s a simple and reliable movement that runs at 21,600bph and keeps up the theme of utilitarianism while keeping damn good time – and setting the time feels nice and crisp, as it should.

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  • Boogur T. Wang

    Nice review. “Fun” even. Good conclusions.

    I like the watch and its components are put together in such a way as to make a very wearable and sturdy time piece.
    The industrial settings for the pictures is a bit overdone, IMO. But they tell a pertinent story.
    It is what it is with no pretensions.

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      Thanks man!
      I do like fun… I think everyone would benefit from having more of it!

  • Roma KLM

    One more watch à la Submariner

  • frustin

    it’s not for me. it’s too generic looking and i’m not a diver. I really dont like the look of the bezel.

    • I_G

      Diver watches are not worn by divers.

      • frustin

        to be honest it wasnt a caveat. it was a tongue in cheek comment really.

      • Of course they are. I think you mean they’re not exclusively worn by divers.

        • somethingnottaken

          I assumed he meant that watches are rarely worn while diving anymore (having been replaced by dive computers).

  • Well the price is decent. But the dial seems very “Sub-ish” to me. So no doubt a reasonable value but does nothing to excite me really.

  • word-merchant

    The world does not need another Rolex Sub copy. I’m all for micro brands but this is just lazy and pointless.
    Now this is how it’s done: http://schofieldwatchcompany.com/

    • Julian Guitron

      Beautiful watch, but completely different style. Why does the one have to bump this one or any other for that matter?

      • word-merchant

        Because one is an original style made by someone clearly passionate about design and the other appears to be a watch made to make some quick cash whilst avoiding letters from lawyers.

        • Matt Smith-Johnson

          Scofield is great, but I doubt Giovanni was trying to just copy a Submariner and dodge letters from lawyers. If you want quick cash, starting a micro-brand is not the way to go.

  • “Some of you are saying, “Do we really need yet another dive watch?”

    But, but, this is a limited edition! There’s only going to be 300 pieces made that look like every other modded Seiko SKX in existence! And at only double the cost of said Seikos!

    I better buy three of them. I’m sure the demand on eBay in a few years will be overwhelming.

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      I think the dive watch genre is difficult to keep in canon and do something unique. Most dive watches look very similar, and if you change too much (ie: remove the bezel) it may not even appear to be a dive watch any more. Also, as a guy that does not care to own a single Submariner (heresy, I know) I found that the small differences in the Unimatic made me interested in it. I mean, watch collectors do love to delve into the details, and I am no different.

      Also, as a guy who owns a few Seikos I can honestly say that this watch feels much more substantial—the case and bracelet are much nicer than what you would find on any SKX, and I was actually surprised at how it felt on the wrist. Quality of things outside of the movement has to count for something.

      Not saying this has to float everyone’s boat, people like different things, but I do think that there is a valid reason for new brands to try and scratch a very niche itch.

      • Julian Guitron

        I would add to that that there are strict requirements by the Swiss for a watch to be designated a diver watch. A rotating bezel and depth resistance are only 2 of those requirements, so that any brand that wants to comply with those requirements has limited options as to how to spice things up. I wish I could recall where the exact features of the diver designation are but I don’t recall at the moment.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    Another one bites the dust…

  • A_watches

    I don’t like the name Unimatic, sounds cheap and looks like a rolex sub copy (dial and bracelet)..why not just get a replica sub instead?

  • This design is tamer than a rabbit on tranquillizers

  • Ulysses31

    It’s a good watch, with decent looks and a solid build and movement. However, it is also Another Generic Diver (AGD). I know divers are popular, but really? There are so many micro-brands out there now that it is frustrating most of them don’t try to differentiate themselves from the pack. It’s ketamine for the wrist.

    • Julian Guitron

      … but when it comes down to choosing a diver watch we all have a strong preference on the actual size of the watch and I have to say that for me, 40mm is the perfect size. I’ve learned this through trial and error! I’ve had to let go of some beautiful pieces because of their diameter and height! When narrowing the search to the more conservative size of about 40mm by 13mm the options are VERY limited. The size of this one is very reasonable and I would challenge any one to list more than 3 brands in this price range with similar dimensions. 😉

      • Seiko SKX013
        Helson Shark Diver 40mm
        Hamilton Khaki Navy
        Christopher Ward C61 Trident
        And if you really want a Sub homage, the Squale 1545

        • Julian Guitron

          Excellent selection and so fast!
          – I will look at the Seiko SKX013
          – Helson was sold out and only the bronze models were available at a much higher price. I did get a Skindiver, which I think is the best homage to the ’53 FF at 41mm
          – Hamilton, most are not divers and they’re a bit higher-price category. One of my favorite overall watches is the Navy Pioneer small seconds!
          – CW and Sq are stunning but a bit pricier. I am very interested in looking at them in person.

          Thanks again for the list. I would add Obris Morgan and their new Aegis which sold out in 48hrs but expects to reopen in late April as well as Halios Tropik SS, which should be available again mid-year…

          My point: it’s just a handful of watches <42mm and to add this one to the "heap of others" seems a bit too dramatic.

      • Ulysses31

        It’s a fair point. As someone who owns a majority of watches that are 40mm or smaller, I tend to desire something a bit larger, so I will tolerate something in the mid-forties, but no bigger.

  • Bert Kanne

    The watch should have a 28,800 bph movement. What’s the point of making only 300 pieces?

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      Cost is usually what restricts smaller start up brands to low runs—I had once upon a time looked into this myself out of curiosity, and after prototyping and countless R&D type fittings and experiments there is seldom much money left in the bank to make a huge quantity. Also, for anyone venturing into any new business, you start small… Think of it as starting out with a laptop at the kitchen table, and working your way up to having a studio on the entire 15th floor of some downtown building. It would be reckless to start with the $20,000/month rent for the sake of appearances.

  • Julian Guitron

    If peeps are so negative about diver watches as put in display here perhaps it’s time to start a new hobby or pick up a different interest.

    I’ve had one of these for a couple of months. It is in fact one of the best options out there in the less than 42mm category. I’ve come across stunning diver watches only to be disappointed with their gigantic dimensions. Alternatives to this one are for the most part homage watches, which are beautiful but fitting of some of the descriptions given here.

    This watch is a pleasure to wear in all settings from jeans and Ts to suit and tie. It’s very comfortable, keeps great time and has a decent power reserve.

    Downside is that the price point for a Seiko movement, not even Miyota, seems pretty high when compared to other pieces with the same movement. However, the attention to detail and the several unique details as well as the good quality make it well worth the price.

    So please, let’s stop splitting hairs and being so negative about any new proposition that comes out. If everything out there now is rubbish then it’s time to look at something else other than diver watches or, save up to buy the real deal submariner or FF.

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      Yeah I don’t get the negativity on this one. I will say that when I actually put it on I liked it even more than I did from just the photos on the Unimatic site. Going to get one myself.

  • Jerry Davis

    I like it. In particular the coin edge on the bezel. would I buy it though? No.

    • Julian Guitron

      I was a bit concerned with the coin edge appearance because it seemed a bit off on the available pictures. However, it’s very well made once I saw it in person… excellent quality!

  • Omegaboy

    A comment to ABTW: When posting an article, the pictures should show us the details of the watch. This article doesn’t have a single decent, straight on, dial shot. Most of the shots are too far back, and the ones that are close are done with mood lighting, so the details of the watch cannot be seen.

    I don’t mind a few glam shots, but then move on and report to us with good lighting and close ups. And don’t forget the cardinal rule of good watch reporting: provide a good dial shot!

    • Julian Guitron

      The second picture is pretty accurate. I’d say this watch has a grey matte dial, not black (although that’s how it’s listed at the website).

  • Mark Baran

    Does not look like a copy of any watch in particular to me. I simply see a rather inexpensive dive watch. And I like it. Very reasonable price point.

  • DanW94

    Nice review of what appears to be a sturdy, capable and affordable watch. Sure it doesn’t exactly stand apart amongst the heaping stockpile of divers out there, but I don’t think they were trying to reinvent the wheel here. Truthfully, my attention was drawn more to that rather colorful shirtcuff…..lol

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      Oh well thank you… It’s a fun watch to wear, and I do love that shirt.

      haha 😎

  • Julian Guitron

    Matt, I was wondering about the bracelet. I agree it’s sturdy and great looking! The fact that the links are attached by screws reflects a bit higher quality than push-pins but I have mixed feeling about it because of some of the difficulty getting them off. You report some issues with the screws, I had a little difficulty (nothing critical) and I had read other reviews with the same. Perhaps the screws should be of better quality?
    My main questions is the thickness of the bracelet… how does it compare to the Seikos and perhaps other higher-end watches?

  • cg

    Nice …. Great price point too. Would like to see the back engraving on the face! Reminds of Helson line of dive watches.

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Thanks for the review. I like its simplicity, not even the date complication, is a plus for me. I would erase some markings between the 15 and 60 to make it cleaner. Other than that, loved the variation on the theme.

  • funNactive

    Nicely sized case. I like the dive bezel – makings clear around. I am a diver & would use the bezel both underwater & topside. I like marking the entire bezel – timing other than diving & gives a nice balance.

  • the #watchnerd

    I rather like the Von Buren-esque case. The back is good too. Nice to see somethrjin a little different. Good luck to them; can’t be easy making watches in Italy.

  • the #watchnerd

    I rather like the Von Buren-esque case. The back is good too. Nice to see something a little different. Good luck to them; can’t be easy making watches in

  • the #watchnerd

    I rather like the Von Buren-esque case. The back is good too. Nice to see something a little different. Good luck to them; can’t be easy making watches in Italy

  • 1droidfan

    Looks nice, if a bit plain looking. Maybe if they bumped it up to 44mm and made it a chrono so the dial was a bit more interesting I would buy.

  • Sevenmack

    Another dull dive watch with a shoddy case that was seemingly designed on CAD by a Viking in collaboration with a Hun. You can do better going down to Kohls and picking up a Seiko quartz.

    • somethingnottaken

      So: classic Scandanavian design with a hint of Asian influence?

  • Simulacrum7

    I bought in and bought one. I’ve been looking for something simple to wear around a bit and the price point made this an easy decision for me. Yes, it has some similarities to the Sub, but the Sub is the iconic diver. That means it is representative of the genre. Most divers are going to have some similarities to the sub or they wouldn’t be divers. And this doesn’t have a giant cyclops so that’s a plus over the sub in my opinion. My main watch is a black Ressence Type 1, and one thing I like about that watch is what I liked about the Unimatic – no “in your face” branding; the absence of which makes for a very clean design. Placing the brand at the 6:00 draws the eye into the negative space created between the center and 12:00. Most brands want everyone to know who they are, but to me this decision shows a quiet confidence in what it is.

  • Julian Guitron

    I forgot to mention that Oceanictimes is offering a significant discount on this watch… $40 if I remember correctly.

  • cluedog12

    Not dive watch aficionado, but the finely knurled bezel and crown stand out as pleasant “signature” elements. It strikes me as a very solid dive watch, albeit lacking the Submariner sass.

    Regarding the thin clasp, I can jump to Unimatic’s defence with a convoluted excuse. Part of the outer clasp fits over the bracelet, but the top portion need not bear any stress while the watch is securely fastened. Same story with the safety clasp; it succeeds based on the precision of friction fit, not its substantiality.

    The brilliant Mr. Moro has succeeded in removing unessential thickness, improving wearing comfort and streamlining the wrist profile.

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      I will say that even though I still would have loved a machined outer clasp, it really doesn’t kill the enjoyment of this watch. I won’t repeat myself, but the excuse is not necessary by any means: this is a well made case and bracelet that would typically cost you much more than the sticker price.

      Fun on a bun.

      • Adrian Billings

        @ Matt. I’m just gutted we didn’t get to see the whole shirt. Lol ? never mind the weak clasp or was it to draw our attention away from it…..
        @ cluedog12. Nice try I like your style. Im with you all the way.

  • Adrian Billings

    I really like this and have gone ahead and purchased one. It has an air of squale 1521 about it but with a little more minimalist style. I like the fact it’s different and Ltd as in a world full of rolex homages I like to be a bit different. The price tag is really good although the NH35A will have an impact on that. However I love seiko and tbh I am not a movement snob. you can’t judge quality by price tag alone because if this had an ETA at this price I’d be worried about quality and finish. Thanks for the review I might have missed this otherwise. Just for info with shipping and Vat I paid just over £400 sterling.

  • Yet another me-too diver watch 🙁

  • spiceballs

    Nice review Matt (thx) but bezel (insert) material and lume? Nice enough but makes me appreciate the turned-down Seiko Monster lugs plus, for me, no date, no deal.

  • Greg Dutton

    The comparisons to the sub are perplexing – yes…it’s a dive watch. But aside from dial markers, this one doesn’t even closely resemble a sub. If anything it has more of a Squale vibe, and that’s not a bad thing at all.

  • Ummm… I think this? Better looking, day/date, less expensive, does the job ? No disrespect but when I saw the article I thought this was about a new Seiko diver. I can’t shake the similarities in design… yet no mention of that in the article…

    • error406

      Uh, maybe because it looks absolutely nothing like it? I mean, if you look past the all-divers-look-alike. And “better looking”? The Unimatic may be average in all other areas but the top quality design is what makes it stand out from boring Seikos.

      • Sorry, there are clear design cues from “boring” Seiko here. they are so clear, it’s self explanatory. You have to be blind not to see them. Or to choose to ignore them.

        • Justin Gercken

          If the similarities are so clear, why would you insult the poster instead of simply supporting your claim with evidence? It seems remarkably unproductive. Just saying. You have stated one similarity: “big blobs of lume hour markers.” In that respect, it’s similar to hundreds of dive watch designs, but I’d be interested to hear more points.

          • The evidence is in the pictures Justin. And my remark was responding to his “it looks absolutely nothing like it”. So you have to decide here… it’s either similar to hundreds of designs or looks nothing like a Seiko… please decide.

          • Justin Gercken

            Bogdan, thanks for the reply. I’m not sure you took my post to heart though as you once again steered the conversation towards the other poster without supporting your stance at all. For the sake of rational discussion, here are some points I feel are different between the Modello Uno and the Seiko SKX: They’re completely different in case, bezel, bracelet, hour/minute hands, day/date function. The seiko has lettering below 12 while the unimatic does not. The unimatic uses different markers for 3, 6, and 12, and uses smaller markers. Notably, the Unimatic has a hacking movement and the Seiko does not. I could probably go on but I’ve demonstrated why they’re completely different, to me.

            My point about the “hundreds of similar designs” is that I’m curious as to why you chose the Seiko specifically as your comparison point. Based on what you’ve said, you could have used any black bezel/black faced diver with circle markers and said they look the same, and there are tons of these as can be seen by looking at Rolex, Tag, Helson, Armida, Squale, and on and on. That was my point/question there.

            Perhaps you’re not as familiar with everything that’s out there, or aren’t as interested in the finer details, and it still looks like the Seiko to you, and if that’s the case it’s totally fine. I’m not saying it’s the case, but it’s the only conclusion I can draw given the lack of information in your responses. There’s nothing wrong with voicing your opinion. However, since your initial post was derogatory toward the Unimatic and you failed to support your stance when multiple posters disagreed with you, I took umbrage with what appears to me to be misinformation being spread on a public forum about a hobby I am passionate about. No big deal of course… just watches, but I do think the principle is important.

            Best-

          • Sorry for the delayed response Justin. I’m scarce with my comments because I have limited time on hand… I’m not a watch connoisseur , more an enthusiast and I would not qualify my interest in watches as a hobby. I’m no neophyte either though as my fascination with watches begun at 9 years old when I’ve opened my Dad’s Universal Geneve and subsequently broke it’s balance spring and shaft. Back then in Communist Romania that was not an easy fix so my Dad was understandably upset. He gave that watch away and I was heartbroken. Communist Romania also meant Swiss timepieces were scarce, save for the occasional Doxa / Omega/ Rolex and there was an abundance of Soviet made watches (I’ve owned a million of them but that’s another story). When Seiko and Orient started making their way in, mainly thru contraband, they were understandably a big hit. Spotting one on your wrist was way cool. And this brings us about full circle to your question. My upbringing made me able to spot a Seiko Diver from afar, it wasn’t all that hard, the big blobs of lume and large markings were easy to spot from across the disco dance floor :-). Kind of like this Unimatic is, at least to me. Spotting quality from afar is not easy. From afar, what unmistakably looks like a Royal Oak or a Luminor could very well be a cheap replica. To me the Unimatic looks like a Seiko. Close inspection reveals all the details you’re mentioning but unless I hold the piece and play with it I cannot tell whether it has a hacking mechanism or not, I can’t evaluate the quality of the casework or really see if there’s branding under 12 or not, thus from a few steps away, to my eyes it looks like new Seiko diver. As for the other comments, careful shopping will get you a Seiko Diver, with hacking and sapphire, with an excellent quality bracelet and an urethane strap thrown in for good measure, which would make the said watch equally at ease on your wrist, whether you’re in your favorite casual outfit or in a neoprene suit, for a similar cash outlay, possibly less. So, to recap, if I wanted a diver that looked like a Seiko, I would get a Seiko. Don’t get me wrong, I do get the appeal of a limited series watch from a small manufacturer and I commend them for the effort. People like this are needed to keep the big names on their toes. I just think they missed the mark on this one, that’s all.

          • Sorry for the delayed response Justin. I’m scarce with my comments because I have limited time on hand… I’m not a watch connoisseur, more of an enthusiast and I would not qualify my interest in watches as a hobby. I’m no neophyte either though as my fascination with watches begun at 9 years old when I’ve opened my Dad’s Universal Geneve and subsequently broke it’s balance spring and shaft. Back then in Communist Romania that was not an easy fix so my Dad was understandably upset. He gave that watch away and I was heartbroken. Communist Romania also meant Swiss timepieces were scarce, save for the occasional Doxa / Omega/ Rolex and there was an abundance of Soviet made watches (I’ve owned a million of them but that’s another story). When Seiko and Orient started making their way in, mainly thru contraband, they were understandably a big hit. Spotting one on your wrist was way cool. And this brings us about full circle to your question. My upbringing made me able to spot a Seiko Diver from afar, it wasn’t all that hard, the big blobs of lume and large markings were easy to spot from across the disco dance floor :-). Kind of like this Unimatic is, at least to me. Spotting quality from afar is not easy. From afar, what unmistakably looks like a Royal Oak or a Luminor could very well be a cheap replica. Close inspection reveals all the details you’re mentioning but unless I hold the piece and play with it I cannot tell whether it has a hacking mechanism or not, I can’t evaluate the quality of the casework or really see if there’s branding under 12 or not, thus from a few steps away, to my eyes this Unimatic looks like new Seiko diver. As for the other comments, careful shopping will get you a Seiko Diver, with hacking and sapphire, with an excellent quality bracelet and an urethane strap thrown in for good measure, which would make the said watch equally at ease on your wrist, whether you’re in your favorite casual outfit or in a neoprene suit, for a similar cash outlay, possibly less. So, to recap, if I wanted a diver that looked like a Seiko, I would get a Seiko. Don’t get me wrong, I do get the appeal of a limited series watch from a small manufacturer and I commend them for the effort. People like this are needed to keep the big names on their toes. I just think they missed the mark on this one, that’s all.

          • Justin Gercken

            Hi, Bogdan. Thanks for the reply. I found your story really interesting. I grew up in the suburbs in the United States and had the opposite experience in regards to the perception of Seiko. Lower end Seiko pieces were widely available and inexpensive at the malls, and thus Seiko carried a bit of a “cheap watch” stigma. Of course, this idea quickly went away when I started actually learning about watches (Seikos are great).
            I’ve often lusted after “exclusive” pieces, but as your story shows, sometimes “exclusive” just depends on where you live… and I think your story illustrates just one facet of how individual/emotional a watch purchase can be.
            At any rate, I think you have gotten so used to the Seiko that it’s the one you see when you see this design, and I can understand that. I think most people with experience with watches would compare this first to the Rolex sub, if they were going to directly compare the design to something. Also, the Seiko you posted is rather famous among collectors online – it’s known as one of the best bang for buck divers of all time – so when you were so adamant about comparing with the Seiko instead of the Rolex, and I apparently had time on my hand, I decided to make my original comment and see what you thought.
            It was nice chatting with you. All the best~

    • Adrian Billings

      I have and love my seiko SKX007 as you have pictured but sadly you can’t compare it against the Unimatic for three reasons.
      Firstly it’s a £100 watch and quality wise it shows when put next to a £400 watch yet I have some £1000 watches that aren’t far from the quality of my £4000 + omegas and even my Gmt master and sub (not including movements).
      Secondly the movement is a pain unless it’s your only watch as the 7s26 has no hand wind or hacking seconds and let’s face it your not going to put it on a winder.
      Thirdly it would be like comparing the Unimatic to a Rolex sub and saying who needs a sub this is way cheaper.
      To compare watches you have to pick two or more from a similar price and product range otherwise a £30 quartz diver does the job too so who needs that blancpain fifty……
      One other thing, if you wear lots of watches and don’t have winders then not having a date window is a blessing in my opinion, I wish there were more watches without them.

      • Apart from non-hacking and non-winding the movements inside those Seikos have stood the test of time. They might be cheap and boring, no argument here but they are brutally reliable and effective even if not the latest word in absolute precise timekeeping. Even this last aspect is serviceable with a little bit of patience and fine tuning. My “Land Shark” Seiko Atlas has a very straightforward way of quickly setting up day and date so I don’t mind setting it when needed (I don’t own a winder…) The machined bracelet this same watch came with would probably sell for a few good hundred if it said Omega and not Seiko on it. If you put this watch in new condition next to any diving/sports watch costing 10 times more you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference in quality. There are some, of course like the mineral crystal which does not resist scratching all that well but successfully resists buffing. All I’m saying is that I don’t mind yet another dive watch and I agree the functionality of this particular type dictates the design which in turn makes them look similar. Have no issue with that. I’m saying there are obvious Seiko design elements in the look of this watch, enough to make it look sort-off like a Seiko. If I wanted to spend money on a quality timepiece with Seiko design cues, I’d buy a Grand Seiko Diver, or a Prospex Master Series … This Unimatic is a bit too “me too” for my taste. As a step up from your regular Seiko 5 based diver I don’t think is worth 4 times the money. That should not stop you from buying one though. Actually it would make it easier to get as there’s already one dude who doesn’t want one from that limited series…

        • Adrian Billings

          I appreciate that it is not to your taste but other than the lume counterweight on the second hand and the matte, flat dial without applied markers (something seiko takes all the way to its high end tuna diver’s) I fail to see any seiko resemblances. Design wise it’s striking yet simple (which helps keep costs down) no chamfered edges but that’s ok as it fits nicely. Quality wise I will only really tell when mine arrives.
          I’ll compare it to my SKX007, sumo, marine master tuna and GS springdrive and let you know where it sits.
          I can however see some similarities with the landshark but tbh that’s not a traditional diver and not typical of seiko design.

          • ??????

            How about Sea Urchin? Applied markers, strong lume and does the job well when snorkeling.

          • This watch’s face, the big blobs of lume hour markers are very similar to the pic I posted or to Seiko’s Prospex series. It’s very obvious.
            I’ve mentioned the Atlas not for the similarities with the Unimatic (there are none) but for the relative high quality / reliability one gets for very little money. And speaking of money, one can get a 6R15 Prospex Diver for a similar outlay. And with some careful shopping for significantly less…

          • Adrian Billings

            I feel you are drastically missing the point of this watch.
            The use of an NH35a movement and the non applied markers or blobs as you put it allow the SMALL independent watch manufacturer to save costs, this has allowed them to design and make a beautiful case, bezel and bracelet that are a far higher quality than most other watches at the same price point.
            Yes there are watches with better movements like my steinhart for example, however my steinhart case and bezel are no where near the same quality not to mention it came with a cheap leather strap not the magnificent bracelet of the Unimatic.
            As for seiko they are a truly awesome brand and I admire all they have done for the industry but they have masses of resources, funds and expertise at their disposal, they make their own lume, crystals and quartz so quite frankly if they can’t produce a better watch for the same price as a tiny independent watch maker then they shouldn’t be in business.
            If you want a watch that does everything brilliantly then get a seiko, if you want something a little different and individual then try a smaller independent watch maker.
            Oh and if all you can see are blobs around the dial then everything looks like a Rolex.

          • Thanks for explaining Adrian but I don’t think I’m missing the point of this watch… Maybe I feel they are trying too hard or something… It’s ultimately a question of taste (mine) and opinion (also mine)… And of course, yours… Perhaps it is better to just agree to disagree here 🙂

  • Mike Burdine

    I like it . I especially like the absence of date. I kind of want one. You can’t have too many divers.

    • Lord Dunsany

      RONNIE JAMES DIO would agree.

  • somethingnottaken

    The shell covering the clasp is probably flimsy because it is non-structural, while the internal components of the clasp are load bearing and/or subject to wear while opening and closing the clasp.

  • patrick bremer

    Just received #193/300 and i’m already loving this watch. The design is amazing, size is perfect and no date window is what I prefer. I’ve never been much into steel bracelets (they’re just too formal and fancy), so I’m going to replace it with a nice, nylon camo strap. I’ll add a pic when it arrives and I get it fitted. will be interesting to see what the Unimatic 2 looks like whenever they sell the rest of the 1s.

  • Cepillin1183

    Somewhat turned off by the proportions, the bezel ring width is too much for the size of the hour markers; But, if you made it smaller then it’s suddenly a quasi-Bathysape homage, dilemma. Perhaps removing that steel ring that separates bezel and crystal thereby creating a straight sweep of color from dial to bezel.

  • Lord Dunsany

    I like everything. The stark color, the size of the bezel, the crown. Everything except the round indices on the dial. Lines would be a much more cohesive look, perhaps more classically styled. This doesn’t seem to know where to go design-wise and loses me somewhat.