Unimatic X MR PORTER Modello Uno U1-MP Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Unimatic is a brand that has conceived a formula they’re happy with and stuck pretty rigidly to it. The entire collection consists of just three case variants — the uno, due, and tre — in a range of colors/bezel inserts. This newly released special edition for Mr. Porter, the Unimatic X MR PORTER Modello Uno U1-MP Limited Edition Watch, is perhaps the most vibrant of the bunch. It’s a fun and minimalist watch that is as striking as it is versatile.

Unimatic X MR PORTER Modello Uno U1-MP Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

To say that it’s pared-back is an understatement. This watch takes all the Diver tropes and applies them in the bluntest way possible. And yet, within this seemingly simple design, there is thought and a willingness to honor, rather than ape, that which has gone before.


Unimatic X MR PORTER Modello Uno U1-MP Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Most noteworthy is the “reflex” blue color. It instantly reminds of the Tudor Pelagos (and I mean that as a strong compliment). The dial and bezel insert are colored in this electric shade, and so, too, is the Italian leather strap, as well as the heavy-duty nato supplied with the watch. It is an unapologetic explosion of summery vibes for the wrist. But what about its beating heart?

Unimatic X MR PORTER Modello Uno U1-MP Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The case is 41.5mm, excluding the crown, and houses a 21,600vph (3Hz) Seiko NH35. These movements from Seiko are solid, if unremarkable. It was a wise choice to hide the movement behind a decorated case back, as the finishing is mediocre, at best. The case is made of 316L stainless steel, appears to be satisfyingly chunky, and also carries a water resistance rating of 300m. Its utilitarian appearance is particularly appealing as a contrast to the bright, more sophisticated blue.

Unimatic X MR PORTER Modello Uno U1-MP Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

I would definitely wear this watch. It is an almost comical exaggeration of all the things I like about Dive watches, but every external element has been well made. As a result, the end product is far above simple imitations. The C1 Super-LumiNova is applied liberally to the dial, ladder hands, and timing pearl fitted to the aluminum bezel insert. The Unimatic X MR PORTER Modello Uno ref. U1-MP Limited Edition Watch is limited to just 100 pieces, and will retail for $870. You can learn more here.




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