In a spectacular show of this brand’s watchmaking prowess, the U-42 Unicum from Italian brand U-Boat takes no prisoners. This U-Boat model is made to enormous proportions with its 53mm case diameter. It is a well-known fact that U-Boat excels in the production of oversized watches, yet even at the gargantuan size of 53mm it still looks good on the wrist. This is a statement watch but one that employs all of the old school watchmaking techniques that were around since owner Italo Fontana’s grandfather – Ilvo.
The case is made from titanium blackened by PVD techniques. The bezel is rotates in either direction but can be locked through a mechanism found at the 4:30 position. The bezel also features pin head screws in a brass colored tone and a shiny black ceramic “pearl” at the 12 position. The bezel is coin edged for the quick manipulation of this function even while wearing gloves.
The main crown is totally unique on this model ad it is also brass toned on this model. The main crown stems outward and turns away at a perpendicular angle. The case back is solid with 6 hexagonal screws used to secure it. Completing the aesthetics of the U-Boat U-42 Unicum is a handmade and hand stitched calf skin leather strap made to look rugged with a natural distressed appeal.
The dial is crafted by hand which results in each dial bearing a unique pattern and color combination. As with many U-Boat models, the hour markers are displayed as Arabic numerals at the 4, 8, and 12 positions. Each of the other positions is rendered as indexes. U-Boat uses peach colored Super-LumiNova which not only stands out well against the dial but also complements the brass colored accents around this timepiece. Protecting the dial is a scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
Powering this timepiece is a self-winding movement that the brand has personalized. The movement uses a balance wheel that vibrates at a consistent 28,800 alternations per hour. Power reserve stands at 40 hours when fully wound. This superbly crafted model is equipped to handle water pressure of up to 300 meters. The U-Boat U-42 Unicum is limited to 99 examples worldwide.
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