We’ve discussed the breakout story of U-Boat chronograph watches on this blog before. Getting a late start in 2004, Italo Fontana’s elegant design skyrocketed to immense popularity with Matt Baily’s support and today is recognized worldwide. For men’s watches as well as Women’s, U-Boat has a range of stunning models. Don’t just take our word for it, check out the following video to see the slew of celebrities drawn to the brand.
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The eternal debate about whether or not or how much size matters extends to the matter of choosing a watch as well. Oversize watches are loud and super chic, with many popular dress watches clocking in (pun intended) between 38-40mm in width for men, and general wear watches between 40-44mm. Diver watches can be even larger. Part of the trend has to do with the watch brands selecting more and more celebrity ambassadors with big, macho images like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
What is the answer? Well, of course, It all comes down to what fits your wrist and what the intended purpose is. Diver watches are great, but if you spend your summers surfing the New York subway system, they may not be the best lifestyle choice. However, if you do decide that size as a statement is an important factor in buying a new timepiece, U-Boat watches, just like their original namesake, are bold, aggressive and oversized. These timepieces embody the force and style and reveal the unique personality of the man behind the brand, Italo Fontana. For instance, check out this U-Boat men’s classico with automatic or mechanical movements, a black dial and orange brown calf leather strap. Check out all of great luxury watches, in all sizes, at TheWatchery.com!
U-Boat Watches have a reputation for effectiveness and flare, and so do their namesakes. The fame of the U-Boat in the Western World is of course tied inextricably to the German submarine program of the first and second world war. The first submarine built in Germany was the two man submarine Brandtaucher, which sank to the bottom of Kiel harbor during its first test dive. Brandtaucher was later rediscovered during dredging operations in 1887, and subsequently raised sixteen years later and placed in a museum in Germany, where it remains today.
This was followed in 1890 by W1 and W2, and in 1903, the Germaniawerft dockyard in Kiel completed Germany’s first fully functional submarine, Forelle, which was sold to Russia during the Russo-Japanese War. The German Navy’s first U-boat design, U-1 was based, ironically enough, on the Russian export models bound for the Russo-Japanese War. U-1 was commissioned into the Imperial German Navy on 14 December 1906 and by World War I, Germany had twenty-nine U-boats; in the first ten weeks, five British cruisers had been lost to them.
U-Boat watches, however, come from Italy, giving them a no less precise but particularly stylish look. Take, for instance, this suave and minimalist U-Boat Men’s Vintage Limited Edition Chronograph with a silver dial and genuine black leather straps. It may not sink ships, but is still an undeniably bold statement. Check out all our distinctive men’s watches at TheWatchery.com.