Launching with the fittingly named Unimatic Modello Uno, this Italian micro-model dive watch was one thing that stood out instantly for me with its minimalistic and utilitarian design – and considerably mysterious origin… I say mysterious as a result of should you go to their webpage, you’ll be greeted by nothing greater than a good-looking image of the Unimatic Modello Uno, some technical specs, and a button to buy stated watch. No proclamations of brand name ethos, no well worded headlines, and never even a touch of “market positioning,” “model historical past,” or different such textual content — only a easy “Right here I’m. Purchase me.” Nicely rattling… I simply needed to know extra! Thankfully for me, my thirst for extra would quickly be slaked, as Unimatic’s premier watch got here to us for evaluation shortly thereafter.
Beginning with the patently apparent: the clear and easy styling makes this look rather more like a “technical instrument” than a beacon of favor and standing, and I’m definitely greater than advantageous with that. I really feel like this Unimatic Modello Uno watch gives me one thing recent and new, which is certainly saying one thing when you think about how dive watches are a few of the most obtainable available on the market. It’s additionally a style that I really feel has extra stylistic limitations, which means that to ensure that one thing to be seen as a dive watch, there are extra visible cues you must contact upon. It’s a decent area to work inside, and I’m glad to see the Unimatic Modello Uno as one thing recent.
I do know, I do know… A few of you’re saying, “Do we actually want but one other dive watch?” and to that, I say, “Why not? Do you hate enjoyable? What has enjoyable ever executed to you!?” Kidding apart, typically it’s the smallest particulars that make us eager about a specific watch, and I personally really feel just like the Unimatic Modello Uno does one thing for me that many a dive watch haven’t. The simplicity of the case is sort of intelligent. The strains that outline the form of the lugs are well mirrored by the crown guard. The coin fringe of the one hundred twenty-click on bezel is once more echoed by the knurling of the crown, and the combination of brushed and polished finishes add a contact of visible depth. I additionally actually just like the flat bezel and insert, which just about makes the double domed sapphire crystal look flat as nicely. The bracelet endlinks match snugly towards the case, and the forty one.5mm measurement feels very nice on the wrist — not too massive and never too small: good.
The dial is matte black, and I imply MATTE, but it’s a totally different matte black end from the bezel insert and palms, which makes for some actually superior mild play throughout the dial, polished outer bezel, insert, and crystal. The sapphire additionally has a bluish anti-reflective coating on the within, so when the lighting round you modifications, otherwise you simply tilt your wrist a bit, you get a very fascinating impact the place the color of the dial and the bezel appear to swap forwards and backwards. Dial appears gray, bezel seems black. tilt Dial appears black, bezel seems to be gray. tilt Dial seems bluish, bezel seems greenish… I might go on right here, however I’ll simply say that on multiple event I caught myself dribbling from the lip whereas I did this. It’s not a sensible function, however it’s rattling nicely hypnotic, so it certainly must be famous.
One other function of the dial is the location of the brand on the underside half above 6 o’clock, which within the absence of an icon/wordmark emblem actually appears to make sense for the format. It additionally appears a bit extra army-esque this manner, and balances fairly nicely with the triangular marker at 12. The lume is Tremendous-LumiNova C3-sort lume, and it undoubtedly glows vibrant sufficient so that you can see the time at night time, though the glow is barely uneven between the dial, palms, and pearl. The arms glow the brightest, adopted by the dial in second, and the pearl on the bezel in third, though I discovered the cost evens out after a bit within the darkness. I additionally actually like how they made the lollipop on the again aspect of the seconds hand the half with lume so they might have the brilliant orange tip you see within the daylight.
Now, I seldom go diving any deeper than the underside drawers on my desk, however in case you needed to go for greater than only a splash within the Unimatic Modello Uno, the development undoubtedly feels prefer it’s up for the problem. As you might have guessed, I’m not the most effective individual to check this function out, however the Unimatic Modello Uno’s watertight case will apparently go one-thousand ft deep earlier than it springs a leak… In line with my calculations, meaning it could possibly stand up to 433.51psi, though I can’t assure that your head gained’t pop like a scene straight out of Scanners at that depth.
Subsequent up is the motion — a Seiko NH35A automated with hacking seconds that may be wound by hand, though you don’t want to offer it a lot juice to get it going and hold it that approach. It’s a easy and dependable motion that runs at 21,600bph and retains up the theme of utilitarianism whereas maintaining rattling good time – and setting the time feels good and crisp, because it ought to.