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U-boat watches

September 17, 2020 4 min read

U-boat watches

Watchmaking inspired by the navy

The origin of U-Boat dates back to 1942 in Italy, when the Fontana family was commissioned to make watches for the officers of the Italian Navy submarines. They demanded as a requirement that the watches must had the maximum reliability and readability even exposed to the most extreme conditions.

Today, both automatic and quartz watches of this brand are handcrafted one by one in the Italian Tuscany, by using modern and unusual techniques and materials, most of which have never been used in the watchmaking industry before.

For instance, U-Boat created a patented system for releasing the crown that allows an easier adjustment of the date and time. In addition, the italian brand also patented a mechanism completely immersed in a low viscosity oil, such as the one that incorporates the Capsoil pieces.

U-Boat has several collections and one of the most original and renowned of the brand is the Capsoil Collection: retro-style pieces that feature the latest innovations.

Without doubt, Capsoil pieces are known for the low viscosity oil in which their swiss electromechanical movement is immersed, and which flows into the dial. This special oil not only gives the dial a deep, three-dimensional appearance, creating the illusion that there is no glass; but it also creates a constantly moving bubble that compensates for temperature variations, amplifies the vision of the hands and makes their indexes easier to read.


Among the innovations that ensure the reliability of U-boat Capsoil are the patented system that joins the case to the glass, and the system of patented levers that withstand high pressures.

One of their newest models is the U-Boat Darkmoon, inspired by the dark side of the satellite. They stand out for their functionality as well as for their original beauty.

Available with straps made of leather, silicone or Milanese mesh, all of them share a series of common characteristics: quartz movement, curved mineral crystal, 5 atm resistance (50 m) and a dial completely filled with a special oil that makes its black color deep and intense. Inside the dial of these models an air bubble in constant movement is formed in order to compensate the temperature variations that the watch may suffer.

Most U-boat Capsoil feature a 44 mm case, except for two whose diameter is 38 mm. Regarding the materials, all of them are made of 316L stainless steel, and some of them have a subsequent IPB coating.

Another of the latest Capsoil pieces is U-Boat Rainbow: watches that are characterized by a vaulted iridescent mineral glass that creates a rainbow effect and emphasizes the infinite nuancesof the colorful dial. U-boat Capsoil Rainbow are pieces designed for fashion lovers who enjoy creativity and free style. Like the Darkmoon, the dial is completely immersed in a special oil that creates an air bubble.

Rainbow U-Boats feature leather or Milanese mesh straps and 44 mm and 38 mm cases in different and cheerful Mother-of-Pearl colors: orange, blue and pink.

Classico watches perfectly represent the ideals of design and purity for which Italy is renowned, without leaving behind the latest trends in watchmaking and the touch of originality that U-Boat always brings to its designs. U-boat Classico are watches with a lot of character, designed to leave no one indifferent, as they are pieces whose design is simple yet eye-catching.

Automatic watch U-Boat-Classico,Black, Steel,-50-mm,-Cronograph,-8077

At first sight, one can’t ignore its original case, whose size and thickness are beyond the norm. Likewise, the crown, located on the left side, has a patented protection system. A plate with the serial number engraved guarantees the uniqueness of each watch.

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Within this collection, the Classico Tungsten models are particularly noteworthy. It takes its name from the exclusive material that the bezel is made of, one of the most resistant and durable metals, with little presence in the earth's crust.

Chimera watches materializa the originality that characterizes the Italian brand. With a markedly masculine character, Chimera watches combine all the technical innovations of U-Boat with a vintage-inspired style.

Automatic watch, U-Boat-Chimera,-Carbono-,-Titanio,-46mm,-Limited Edition,-8057

The most distinctive feature of this collection is its iconic box with an eye-catching cap over the crown and its pushers. Both the bezel and the bottom of the case are joined by an external tube and a personalized key that ensures total waterproofness. The dials of these pieces also stand out, since they are layered and allow the user to see the internal mechanism of the watch.

The 888 units of the U-42 Limited Edition feature a 50 mm titanium case, GMT and indicator on its ceramic bezel. They incorporate a red third hand that indicates a third time zone.

If you want to know more about this magnificent Italian watch brand, please visit our website, where you can discover our selection of Special Editions of U-Boat.

Take advantage of our 24 hour delivery for many of the U-Boat models!And of course, if you need more information or want to place your order, don't hesitate to contact us. You can write us an email, or visit our store in Madrid, at Núñez de Balboa 90.

It will be a pleasure to help you.

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