Ulysse Nardin and Fred Buyle present: the Diver Deep Dive

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Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin has recently announced that it has joined forces with world-renowned underwater explorer Fred Buyle. For a company with a rich marine heritage, the collaboration with Fred Buyle is a natural one. To accompany him into the ocean depths, Ulysse Nardin has created a special diver’s watch – the Diver Deep Dive (ref. 3203-500LE-3/93-HAMMER). Issued as a limited edition of 300 pieces, the latest Ulysse Nardin creation is now available at the brand’s boutiques and authorized retailers at a price of $12,000.

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The watch is limited to only 300 pieces


Born in 1972, Frederic “Fred” Buyle is a Belgian free diver and underwater photographer. Ever since he was a little boy, he has been fascinated with the marine world. His first experience with the sea was when he discovered free diving at the age of 10. After years of practice, he became a scuba diving instructor and began to teach free diving in 1991. Four years later, Fred Buyle set his first world record. Between 1997 and 2000, he broke three more world records. In 1999 he became just the 8th person to pass the 100-meter depth on one breath of air. In 2002, Buyle started a second career as an underwater photographer. With the help of only water, available light, camera, and one breath of air, he is able to show the beauty of free diving and the underwater world. Since 2005, Fred Buyle has been working with marine biologists, helping them in acoustic and satellite tagging and DNA sampling of endangered animals.

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With his unique approach, Fred Buyle is able to capture unique moments


Now back to the watch, shall we? Sturdy and durable, the new Diver Deep Dive is a diving instrument that can withstand depths of up to 1,000 meters! To make the timepiece as light as possible, Ulysse Nardin made the 46mm case from titanium. The front of the watch has a large titanium unidirectional rotating bezel. Partially covered with wave-patterned rubber, it features 12 deeply-machined teeth that allow for easy manipulation, even with diving gloves. On the back of the watch there is a screw-down case-back stamped with hammerhead design. On the left side of the case (9 o’clock) there is an automatic, screw-on decompression valve system. In other words – a helium escape valve :) . Located at 2 o’clock is a large screw down crown with removable guard in titanium. The latter is adorned with a hammerhead motif.

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Like a true diver, the Diver Deep Dive is equipped with a helium escape valve and removable crown guard


Underneath the AR-coated sapphire crystal lies a beautiful navy blue dial embossed with 15 hammerhead sharks. The functions include hours, minutes, small seconds at 5, and date at 3 o’clock. Powering the new Diver Deep Dive is the in-house developed and manufactured caliber UN-320 caliber. Equipped with Silicium spiral and anchor escapement, this self-winding movement oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. The latest Ulysse Nardin timepiece is presented on a sporty blue rubber strap with expandable element (spring that adjusts according to water depth). The strap is secured with a titanium folding clasp.

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The hammerhead shark theme repeats itself throughout the watch



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