A story of inspiration and style is the driving force behind every U-Boat watch, with roots dating back to 1942. Today headed by Italo Fontana in the small town of Lucca in Italy, Fontana thanks to his wonderful design skills has taken the U-Boat brand to great heights of popularity whilst still remaining a rare sought-after product in the luxury watch market.
The STRATOS 45 BK as unveiled by Italo Fontana is part of a new range that comes from the Classico collection with the intention of being a much sleeker design. The Stratos collection has been designed to be much flatter, so this beautiful piece will sit attractively under the sleeve of a well-tailored suit. This Stratos watch comes in a 45mm case, made from AISI 316L Stainless Steel with a polished finish and the iconic configuration of the crown fitted to the left-hand side of the case, with U-Boats patented device for protecting the crown. As with many impressive U-boat watches the serial number is displayed on a plate fitted to the side of the case. The bezel ring of the watch is made from super tough Tungsten. The case houses a Swiss made fully automatic 25 jewel movement, personalised to accommodate the crown stem at 9 o’clock, with a laser cut rotor, all visible through the U-shaped fumè glass case back showcasing the skeleton balance wheel. The movement runs at frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz, with a power reserve of 42 hours. The case displays an eye-catching dial with a flat black finish and one visible ruby. The dial is finished with Luminous Arabic numerals and markers and three Luminous hands with a date window displayed at the 9 o’clock position. An extra feature fitted to the Stratos is a sub-dial placed at 4 o’clock on the dial displaying a 24-hour indicator all visible through a sapphire crystal glass. The watch head is fitted to a black Alligator skin handmade leather strap with a steel tongue buckle that is 20/22mm.
This watch is complete with a two year international guarantee and a stunning U-Boat presentation box.