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Unimatic Modello Uno U1-SP Watch NASA Anniversary Edition

Unimatic Modello Uno U1-SP Watch NASA Anniversary Edition Watch Releases

The anniversary of the 1969 moon landings has finally arrived — 50 years ago today, on July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon, forever emblazoning the memory of humanity’s finest exploratory achievement on the global consciousness. And to extol the organization that gave us those wonderful memories, Italian brand Unimatic has released a limited edition watch to commemorate NASA’s achievements. The Unimatic Modello Uno U1-SP Watch NASA Anniversary Edition may be a bit of a mouthful (especially if you extrapolate the “SP” to “Space Program,” which is what it stands for), but it is a clean-dialed, materially appropriate homage to the space suits worn on that fateful mission, and has loads of little quirks for lovers of this brand or the space race to get excited over.

Unimatic Modello Uno U1-SP Watch NASA Anniversary Edition Watch Releases

The Unimatic Modello Uno U1-SP Watch NASA Anniversary Edition case is 40mm-wide (excluding crown) and treated with a really interesting “stonewash” Cerakote coating. What appears to have happened here is that the watch has been coated with Cerakote (a hard, ceramic-based surface treatment) and then artificially aged to remove the white material from the edges of the case’s surfaces, scarring the watch in the same way rapid-moving space dust habitually tore into space suits.

Unimatic Modello Uno U1-SP Watch NASA Anniversary Edition Watch Releases

The watch also sticks to the color scheme one might expect for NASA. The academy’s famous red worm logo adorns the dial between 6 o’clock and the center. Surrounding the dial is a 120-click unidirectional safety bezel. A black-anodized aluminum insert gives the bezel a stark look in contrast to the gleaming 2.5mm double-domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the inside. The 12 o’clock mark on the bezel is picked out by a pearl of radium-colored lume that matches the color of the markers on the dial.

Unimatic Modello Uno U1-SP Watch NASA Anniversary Edition Watch Releases

The white Unimatic Nylon one-piece strap measures 22mm at the lugs and buckle, which is also coated with stonewashed white Cerakote. The horizontal weave of the nylon strap is mirrored by the horizontal grooving of the oversized crown, creating a nice visual link. Additionally, the Unimatic Modello Uno U1-SP Watch NASA Anniversary Edition comes with a second (two-piece) strap in Safety Orange Cordura.

Unimatic Modello Uno U1-SP Watch NASA Anniversary Edition Watch Releases

Black ladder “phantom” hour and minute hands and a reverse lollipop seconds hand with a NASA red tip are the perfect complements to the high-contrast matte white dial. The result is excellent legibility. As well as being a highly functional watch, powered by the well-known and reliable Seiko NH35A (21,600vph, -20/+40 s/day, with a 41-hour power reserve), the Unimatic Modello Uno U1-SP Watch boasts a great deal of wrist presence with its unapologetically white exterior. As is often the case with Unimatic’s most desirable pieces, this watch will be limited to 50 pieces (despite the caseback render in the gallery clearly showing 100 pieces). Surrounding the limitation number on the caseback is an engraved Unimatic solar system. The Unimatic Modello Uno U1-SP watch will be on sale exclusively at unimaticwatches.com, starting today. It will retail for €650 (excluding VAT). Learn more at unimaticwatches.com.

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  • WINKS

    Maybe for an 8 year old dreaming of Space.

  • Cesirix

    Very beautiful, but undated
    watch no is cool!

  • Jared

    you know, whenever a watch company partners with someone, they always talk that partnership up in a big way.

    yet on this watch none of the copy mentions partnerships. I have to wonder if this company just slapped NASA’s logo on their watch without NASA knowing about it.

  • ehm…yes, I think you’re right…

  • Ugo

    there is no need to ask.
    nasa logo is free and available.
    they can question you only if make use of it for something offensive or shameful

    • Independent_George

      There also are a couple of more regs, but yes, U.S. Government logos are in the public domain, subject to the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations).

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_insignia

      • Gokart Mozart

        Does that mean I can go into the Nasa homage space suit business. I know a couple of people at Parnis….

        I hear we are going back to the moon.

    • Swiss_Cheese

      …if make use of it for something… shameful.

      I think they have grounds for it on this occasion…

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Oh dear God no.

  • funkright

    I like the look, the attribution and intention.

  • Independent_George

    ^^^^^ This is your brain on brand partisanship.

    So relax. It’s not like Omega hasn’t been reminding people that the Speedmaster was the “First to the Moon” for, I dunno, the last 50 years.

    • Ryan Loken

      Go check out Yo Tube Dagaz Watch channel. Unimatic mod video and then tell me what u think of this company

  • Independent_George

    Yep. It’s in the public domain.

    Also, NASA’s been hurting for funding for years, so if it draws attention to the agency, then I am guessing that they are cool with this.

  • funkright

    Well, it looks like they all sold out. Best thing for me, I guess, will go buy an Omega Speedmaster GMT instead. The only watch I really look back and regret selling… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dc2ba47d137a989addeb798ba9895c19895c9731456cc3fba0e658a227e92032.jpg

  • Gigi 68

    Managed to get one, they sold out in 1 minute. I can always send it back if I don’t like it.

  • Mikita

    How about Parnis Nevada Hangar Landing Limited Edition?

  • Mark

    The watch doesn’t look bad. I figured that different brands would try to tie into the anniversary of the moon landing. I just wish Unimatic would have picked a different logo other than the red worm. I was at Johnson Space Center for the 10th anniversary of the moon landing, and I remember most everyone (NASA employees included) hating the red worm. Most people then liked the meatball. Myself included. I remember the Space Shuttle program was just cranking up. Enterprise was built, and they did some tests with her, but she would never truly launch. NASA wanted a forward looking change. I’m glad they went back to the meatball. Hard to mess with perfection.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Is that a Tintin Oyster. Finally the first decent Oyster since man went to the moon.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      They don’t make’em like they use to.

  • Hands90

    Thought it was an undone watch…

    • dr3

      On this site you would be correct more often than not ?

  • Jon Heinz

    I know it’s their thing. But there’s that sideways six again.

  • Ryan Loken

    You Tube- Dagaz Watch channel. Unimatic watch mod video. You will think twice about giving this company your money.

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