Ulysse Nardin Goes Vintage, with the Super-Cool Diver Le Locle

By rolex
April 7, 2021
4 min read

This year, you’ll see a few very nice watches from Ulysse Nardin, all paying homage to the incredible legacy of the brand (and trust us, since its origin in 1846, the brand has done A LOT). As of late, UN dispatched a watch as an accolade for the incomparable Ludwig Oeschlin (a watch that will before long be under our loupe) and now, we have something definitely different and very startling from the brand; a vintage-enlivened plunge watch… Surprising from the outset however the outcome, the Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle, is appropriately cool.

While the current Ulysse Nardin catalogue does comprise different plunge watches, under the Diver range , the possibility of such watches in past collections (thinks 1950s, 1960s) doesn’t truly ring a bell from the start. Obviously, everybody know the antique Marine Chronometers (which still enormously rouse the brand and its watches) or the advancements of creative developments. In any case, as far as vintage jump watches, let’s concur, Ulysse Nardin is presumably not the first brand we consider. All things considered, there are a couple of pieces, and very intriguing ones to be straightforward. Today, the Le Locle-based production honors one of them, a 1964 model to be exact, intended for scuba divers, estimating 38mm in measurement and highlighting an exceptional case shape (particularly the lugs).

For 2017, Ulysse Nardin comes with a faithful, yet modernized, re-version of this 1960s plunge watch. The watch that roused the new version is surely identifiable, with large numbers of the first elements being joined, yet somewhat upgraded to satisfy with current guidelines/needs/assumptions. The case, hands, dial and bezel are completely enlivened by the 1964 model, and in general, the new Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle feels like a right on the money reissue, particularly on the grounds that Ulysse Nardin has been one of only a handful few brands not to abuse the vintage request (an uncommon enough event that it has the right to be referenced). So for once, we won’t complain about seeing a touch of vintage-appeal.

Vintage-propelled indeed, however modernized. The principal thing to note is the expanded size of the case, as this Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle estimates 42.2mm (versus 38mm for the former one), a distance across that causes it to appear to be very huge on paper. Nonetheless, the watch has flimsy casebands, combined with a raised bezel and caseback, implying that it wears more slender than it really is. Likewise the carries, which show up rather long, are additionally somewhat deceptive. Once you put the watch on, the Diver Le Locle feels quite compact and sits well, even on smaller wrists (see photograph on a 16.5cm wrist).

The inventiveness comes from the state of the case, and particularly the facetted carries, which give the Diver Le Locle a pleasant allure. The whole case is cleaned steel, and is water impervious to 100m (enough for 99% of events in or around the water). This shape is devoted to the vintage variant, as is the bezel and its addition. The actual bezel is dark covered, while the addition is aluminum, with a shiny completion. It is gotten to the wrist by a texture/sailcloth tie with pin buckle. In general, the Diver Le Locle isn’t a genuine apparatus watch, as it is exceptionally shiny and cleaned, however this decision fits the vintage-reissue thought very well.

As for the case, the dial of the Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle plays on the critical elements of the vintage form however modernizes them, to fit with current norms. Both the matte dark tone, the state of the hands and of the lists, just as the somewhat patinated shade of the lume are all tributes to the 1964 model. Then again, the watch presently shows little seconds at 6 (rather than a focal second), anyway the little second hand is as yet unchanged glaive shape as in the days of yore. The date, actually present at 3, is currently magnified.

This amazing situation of the second hand (in any event for a jump watch) is all because of the presence of a cutting edge, in-house created development: the type UN 320. This motor highlights silicium innovation (hairspring, get away from haggle fork) and runs at 4Hz, with a 48h force hold. Its pleasant adornment won’t be visible, as the Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle has a shut back including a nice etching, duplicating the 1964 original.

The Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle (ref. 3202-950) is presently available (April 2017) and is estimated at CHF 9,600. More subtleties on www.ulysse-nardin.com .