It seems Ulysse Nardin is trading their adventurous nature to instead follow the other brands down the “classics” route. As this 60’s era inspired diver timepiece they have just release, can attest too. Let’s take a closer look at the “Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle”.
Tactics such as rehashing vintage designs to recreate with distinct materials and relaunch as new timepieces, have been employed by the majority of high-end horology brands. But, it had never really been the way Ulysse Nardin seemed to renew interest in their merchandise until SIHH 2017. Although this watch does remind me of the “Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture” which had a very classic look and which we reviewed on our blog at the time.
But, even though this new watch release may strongly resemble a 1964 model from the Ulysse Nardin house collection, its technology is totally 2017. Some of the differences between the then and now are: the case size, which has gone from a 38mm to a 42mm in this version; the alpha seconds hands on the original has been shrunken and converted to a sub-seconds hands; also was fitted with a vintage domed sapphire crystal with a magnifier on its underside.
The 42mm is made out of polished stainless-steel with a solid case back that features a unique engraving of a “diver in the depths of the sail”. Mounted to the case is a glossy finish aluminium unidirectional bezel with Arabic numerals and a thick coin edge pattern.
Its long lugs have undergone a heavy polish resulting in a shiny look, while also providing a comfortable fit. A sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides is placed on top to cover the dial. Equipped with a screw-down security crown, water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a matte black dial with round and rectangular hour index markers, while a series of smaller minute index markers circle the dial near the bezel. There is a magnified date aperture at the 3 o’clock position and a sub-seconds dial at the 6 o’clock position.
The hands and hour index markers have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. But, besides that the hands and hour index markers all have a faux patina color, for that vintage look. The watch has been named after the city were Ulysse Nardin headquarters is located: Le Locle, Switzerland.
Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle
This “Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle” (Ref#: 3202-950) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber UN-320 with 39 jewels and a silicium hairspring and anchor escapement. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 48 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is a durable Ulysse Nardin black sailcloth strap with exposed white stitching, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle.
MSRP: $14,800.00 USD
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