The Tuscany region of central Italy is renowned for many things, including its lush landscapes, fine cuisine and wine. The region is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and it is where artists Leonardo da Vinci, Lorenzo de Medici and Niccolo Machiavelli were born. Michelangelo’s infamous statue of David and the Leaning Tower of Pisa are both in the Tuscany region.
The region is also the birthplace and headquarters of U-Boat watches, which was founded in the year 2000 by Italo Fontana, who came across watch designs by his grandfather Ilvo Fontana, who was commissioned by the Italian Navy in 1942 to create high-performance, precision crafted time instruments of high quality standards to be worn by Italian military seamen.
Ilvo Fontana’s designs did not come into fruition at the time and the younger Fontana spent seven years developing U-Boat Watches, incorporating the precise technical specifications of his grandfather’s original designs with premium grade stainless steel, bronze and gold along with advanced, state-of-the-art materials, including carbon fiber, ceramic, tungsten and titanium.
Today, each and every U-Boat watch is produced at the same Tuscany facility where the brand was founded sixteen years ago and each boasts the distinction of being Made In Italy as well. You’ll find an impressive collection of U-Boat watches at The Watchery, including highly sought-after styles from the Classico and Flightdeck collections.
The U-Boat Classico Automatic men’s watch offers a modern interpretation of time in lustrous high-tech ceramic. The bold, oversized case in crafted to perfection in black high-tech ceramic with a lustrous high-gloss finish. The handsome black leather strap with stitched detail adds to the striking design.
The left-facing crown has a protective cover for added distinction. The integrated stationary bezel surrounds the black dial with a date window at the 3 o’clock hour, luminous gray hands, baton and Arabic numeral hour markers.
Features include an open-heart semi-exhibition skeleton case back, a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. The U-Boat Classico Automatic men’s watch is 48mm in diameter and 17mm thick.
The U-Boat Limited-Edition Classico Automatic Chronograph makes a bold statement on the wrist. The robust titanium case in a satiny brushed finish is lightweight and exceptionally comfortable. The supple black rubber strap adds to the modern, contemporary design and has a deployment clasp for added convenience and security.
The signature left-facing crown has a protective clasp cover. The high-tech ceramic gray bezel surrounds the innovative carbon fiber dial with Italo Fontana’s ]name above the automatic date calendar at the 9 o’clock hour, three sub-dials, black baton hands and hour markers. Features include small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers.
Additional features include a semi-exhibition skeleton case back window, a 44-hour power reserve, along with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. The U-Boat Limited-Edition Classico Automatic men’s chronograph is 53mm in diameter and 18mm thick.
Virile and unmistakably masculine, the U-Boat Flightdeck Automatic Chronograph for men is sleek and appealing. The robust 50mm diameter, 17mm thick case in black ion-plated stainless steel has a satiny brushed finish. The outstanding black rubber strap with genuine black python inlays adds to the bold innovative design.
The integrated stationary bezel surrounds the attractive carbon fiber dial with three sub-dials, luminous sword hands and highly legible luminous Arabic numeral hour markers. Features include an automatic date window, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers.
An exhibition skeleton case back lets you see the automatic movement inside. Additional features include a 44-hour power reserve, along with a protective crown cover on the left-facing crown, water-resistance to 100 meters and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial.
Bold and dynamic, the U-Boat Classico Automatic Chronograph is another outstanding choice for men. This high-performance men’s wristwatch offers a stout black ion-plated stainless steel case in a satiny brushed finish with polished stainless steel trim. The supple black leather strap adds to the sleek, flowing lines.
An exhibition skeleton case back reveals the 25-jewel automatic movement inside. The signature left facing crown on the case has a protective cover. The dual layer black, carbon fiber dial features three sub-dials, gray baton hands, baton and Arabic numeral hour markers. Features include an automatic date calendar, 60-second, 60-minute and 12-hour countdown timers.
Additional features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. The U-Boat Classico Automatic men’s chronograph is 45mm in diameter and 17mm thick.
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