Ulysse Nardin Black Sea


If you’re spending these hot summer days in an air-conditioned office and you’re not quite sure if it’s really vacation time, just take a look at our site – you can’t get away from diver watches! Take this is a sign – give yourself a break, surf the net and find yourself a watch that can follow you while you surf the oceans!

When we previously wrote about Ulysse timepieces, we focused on more of the luxurious, elegant pieces. They are more or less resistant to water and scratches – but not quite evoking scenes from “Jaws”, you know? They are meant to be primarily elegant and they fulfill their purpose, but we are not here to talk about that. The watch we are about to present to you is meant to be worn during more exciting times. Exciting times call for exciting measures.

With Marine Diver collection, Ulysse Nardin wanted to show that high-class and sport do not have to be antonymous. Yes, sports are sweaty and often dirty, they require practicality, durability and robustness. On the other hand, unique designs and precious diamonds and crystals scream “take care of me or else” and are meant to be seen, not (ab)used. You want both? Okay, we can’t promise bling and aligator skin straps, but this is definitely more than a neon plastic watch you can find anywhere.

This model may look too large at first – the diametar is 45.8mm – and the overall rubberyness adds to its bulky appearance, but that is just a continuation of recently popularized over-sized watches. Beside that, the bracelet also features ceramic components and a black ceramic folding clasp. But you’ll agree that all that is necessary for it to be strong and reliable – fit for a diver who is not afraid to dive to 200m – which happens to be it’s water resistance rating – into the dark blue, almost black depths. You must be wondering: how, in the name of Triton, will you see anything on a black watch in the blackness of the depths? By generously coating the hands and the hour markers with yellow luminescent material visibility in the low light conditions is vastly improved.

Black Sea

The case is a classic stainless steel one, but the manufacturers boast that it had undergone a “complex vulcanization process”, which makes it agreeable for both the skin and the eye. The dial and the strap are adorned with a delicate wave pattern, which make them look interesting and not as rough as sports watches you ordinarily see. The timepiece also sports unidirectional rotating bezel and a screw down security crown.

As for the inner workings of Black Sea, there are several features worth mentioning. The movement is self-winding (caliber UN-26, 11 ½’’), with 28 jewels and a 42 hour power reserve indicator which you can easily spot at 12 o’clock, while the small seconds and date are bellow, at 6 o’clock.

That is, in short, the new Black Sea model. Do you like it? Would you trust it in possibly dangerous situations? Is it good looking enough for you? Let us know in the comments.

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