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.
Bold and daring is the first thing that come to mind with the U-Boat Sommerso. Although designed to look like a superb piece, the Sommerso is as every bit practical to back up its impressive diver features. This diving watch built to professional standard has been manufactured in a 45mm case, made from AISI 316L Stainless Steel with a satin hand 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. One of the key features of this watch is the bezel. The bezel is a key tool for diving watches and this one too has been formed to look great and still carry the practicality that is key for any pro diver. The bezel is fitted with a rotating system and clear calibrated indexes for every five minutes. The case houses a Swiss made fully automatic mechanical movement, personalised to accommodate the crown stem at 9 o’clock. The movement runs at frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz, with a power reserve of 38 hours. Attention to detail is carried to case back of the watch with a detailed finish and seven external screws used to seal the back. 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. A sub-dial placed at 4 o’clock on the dial displaying a 24-hour indicator is an extra touch to the Sommerso, this extra complication to the moment finishes of the quality factor of such an exciting diver watch. The watch head is fitted to a black rubber strap, lined with calf skin which has been treated with a Kodiak water repellent coating with a steel tongue buckle that is 22/23mm.
This watch is complete with a two year international guarantee and a stunning U-Boat presentation box.