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Collaborations between the Ulysse Nardin haute horlogerie brand and the US Navy can be traced all the way back to 1905. As a follow up to previous joint ventures they have just released this new “Ulysse Nardin Torpilleur Military Semper Fortis” as a testament to their strong ties.


This is not the only military themed watch Ulysse Nardin has produced for the horology market. But, it is always a badge of honor to be chosen to supply the world’s greatest military force with your timepieces. In the case of Ulysse Nardin this all began in 1905 when a competition for “Precision Torpedo Boat Timepieces” was orchestrated by the Washington Naval Observatory to usher in innovating efforts and supply the US Navy with on-board deck chronometers. Suffice to say Ulysse Nardin came out the victor further cementing their position as a source of premium horology goods, fit enough for military standards.


The 44mm case is made out of a polished stainless-steel with a transparent exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Engraved on steel circumference of the otherwise sapphire case back is the unique number of each limited edition, plus the inscription “SEMPER FORTIS” which means “always strong” and is an unofficial motto of the “United States Navy”.


Mounted to the case is a fluted coin edge style stainless-steel bezel. It comes equipped with a screw-down security crown, which has the UN and anchor logo, for Ulysse Nardin engraved onto it.


All topped by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 50 meters (164 feet). It is a rather low capability, since normally watches with screw-in crowns would be capable of at least 100 meters, which is double the resistance of this Navy themed watch.


Time is exhibited on a white dial with black contrasting Roman numerals, followed by a ring of railroad motif minute index markers, with thick markings for each five-minute increment.


There are two sub-dials: a larger sub-seconds aligned with the 6 o’clock position, taking up much of the lower half of this dial; plus a circular power reserve indicator aligned with the 12 o’clock position on the upper half of the dial. The number “24” is written in red as a reference to the warning system on the original marine chronometers.


It comes equipped with blued steel central hands that have been crafted to be identical to early Ulysse Nardin chronometers, as the ones this US Navy themed watch is intended to celebrate.


Ulysse Nardin Torpilleur Military Semper Fortis

This “Ulysse Nardin Torpilleur Military Semper Fortis” (Ref#: 1183-320LE/40) is powered by a self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber UN-118 with 25 jewels and 28,800 Vph. It comes equipped with silicon components that were developed in-house by Ulysse Nardin themselves. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.

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Mounted to the watch is a blue sailcloth strap with exposed contrasting white stitching, while secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel buckle. This is a limited edition of only 173 manufactured timepieces, one for each of the 173 years since Ulysse Nardin founded the company. It was unveiled at the Congressional Medal of Honor Convention in Annapolis, Maryland; where Ulysse Nardin was a “Stars & Stripes” partner. The watch is exclusive to America, but for more up to date information visit the official Ulysse Nardin website here.

MSRP: $7,900.00 USD

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Written by Mauro Az