Introducing: The Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle (Live Pics & Pricing)
The SBDX014, which was appeared to us under ban at the SIHH in January, addresses the principal use by Ulysse Nardin of its in-house UN-320 type in a jumper’s watch. Ulysse Nardin says that the plan depends on a jumper’s watch made by UN in 1964 and this absolutely resembles an exemplary mid-twentieth century jumper’s watch – directly down to the sectioned moment hand, albeit a portion of the plan choices have a smidgen to a greater extent a postmodern flavor, including the round cyclops over the date, and the utilization of a running seconds sub-dial as opposed to a middle second. The utilization of the last is likely directed by the format of the UN-320 type which is set up as a seconds sub-dial movement.
The utilization of a seconds subdial is additionally reliable with the remainder of Ulysse Nardin’s plunge watch assortment, which utilizes this arrangement across the whole group of watches. This is by a long shot the most direct plunge watch Ulysse Nardin right now offers, also. It’s 100m water safe, with the unidirectional bezel needed by ISO 6425. With the silicon components, it will be essentially immune with the impacts of any magnetic fields you’re probably going to encounter outside a clinical or lab setting, which is a decent element to discover in any device watch. The hardened steel case is 42.2mm in measurement, with an etching on the rear of a lance fishing jumper wearing a good old looking twofold tank open-circuit scuba set – alongside the imperative haze of air pockets normal for open circuit regulators.
Typically, a watch brand will get a touch of sadness for handling a statement jump watch unquote, with just 100m water obstruction, yet it bears referencing that this is the base profundity rating needed by ISO 6425, and that sporting scuba plunging by and large occurs at much shallower profundities (30-40 meters, max) so 100 meters is all that could possibly be needed all things considered. In any case, if all that made a difference in jump watches was “pragmatic” there would a) be far less plunge watches sold on the grounds that 99% of us who get them are never going to jump with them and b) positively, far less plunge watches would be sold with profundity evaluations that make them fit for enduring pressing factors that would collapse a military sub’s pressing factor body. It doesn’t have a molecule of effect in genuine terms whether a plunge watch is 100m appraised or 200m evaluated, however there’s no uncertainty that 200m is somewhat of a superior look.
So here’s the issue: this is a $9,600 watch. Presently, it has an in-house, actually forward-looking development, and some engaging styling, yes. Nonetheless, the under-$10,000 fragment in plunge watches is perhaps the most thickly immersed item classes I can consider and customers are totally ruined for decision. At the danger of bringing up the self-evident, a no-date Rolex Submariner on a wristband – a superb arm band, on a watch with an in-house development and in-house total spring – is a $7,500 watch. Add a date and the value leaps to $8,550. A top of the line Seiko jumper, similar to the Tuna Can SBDX014 Marinemaster, which is 1,000m water safe and which, while cumbersome, is cooler looking than James Dean in a cowhide coat on a Saturday night, is $3,300 bucks – once more, with an in-house programmed movement.
So is this watch going to battle to stand apart from its competitors in what’s now the absolute most packed classification in watchmaking? Totally. Is there a case to be made for it as a reasonable choice? Indeed, yet I think will not do any harm in case you’re a Ulysse Nardin fan, and if the more prominent protection from magnetic fields, and general specialized characteristics of the development appeal to you. That this is a silicon-component plunge watch – balance spring, switch, and getaway wheel – ought to be contemplated also; at the present time, scarcely any jump watches in this value range have that particular list of capabilities. (An Omega Seamaster 300, antimagnetic to 15,000 gauss, with a co-hub escapement, and chronometer certificate, records for $6,600; the Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronoworks is $39,295, but it’s a chronograph).
As with any watch, at last you will be sold, or not, on the Ulysse Nardin Le Locle Diver, on the strength of the entire bundle. A strong watch, however one with a great deal of extremely intense competition.
The Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle: 42.2mm case, with type UN-320 production development; silicon escapement and offset spring with 48-hour power save. 100m water safe, with sapphire precious stone; sailcloth wristband with tang clasp. Accessible in May. See the Ulysse Nardin jumper assortment at ulysse-nardin.com.