A Charming Watch On Your Wrist:Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle Replica
Think Ulysse Nardin men's replica, and generally the first thing you think of is the Freak. Behind the Freak, however, is the fact that Ulysse Nardin men's replica was the very first company to introduce a replica watch with silicon components, and since the Freak debuted nearly 20 years ago, UN has been introducing silicon components in a wider and wider range of swiss replica watches. The in-house caliber UN-320 uses a silicon lever and escape wheel – both in a proprietary configuration – as well as a silicon balance spring.
The SBDX014, which was shown to us under embargo at the SIHH in January, represents the first use by Ulysse Nardin of its in-house UN-320 caliber in a diver's replica watch. Ulysse Nardin says that the design is based on a diver's replica watch made by UN in 1964 and this certainly looks like a classic mid-20th century diver's replica watch – right down to the segmented minute hand, although some of the design decisions have a bit more of a postmodern flavor, including the round cyclops over the date, and the use of a running seconds sub-dial rather than a center second. The use of the latter is likely dictated by the layout of the UN-320 caliber which is set up as a seconds sub-dial movement.
The use of a seconds subdial is also consistent with the rest of Ulysse Nardin's dive replica watch collection, which uses this configuration across the entire family of replica watches. This is by far the most straightforward dive replica watch Ulysse Nardin currently offers, as well. It's 100m water resistant, with the unidirectional bezel required by ISO 6425. With the silicon components, it's going to be basically immune to the effects of any magnetic fields you're likely to encounter outside a medical or lab setting, which is a nice feature to find in any tool replica watch. The stainless steel case is 42.2mm in diameter, with an engraving on the back of a spear-fishing diver wearing an old-fashioned looking double tank open-circuit scuba set – along with the requisite cloud of bubbles characteristic of open circuit regulators.
Typically, a replica watch brand will get a bit of grief for fielding a quote dive replica watch unquote, with only 100m water resistance, but it does bear mentioning that this is the minimum depth rating required by ISO 6425, and that recreational scuba diving generally happens at much shallower depths (30-40 meters, max) so 100 meters is more than enough for all practical purposes. However, if all that mattered in dive replica watches was "practical" there would a) be far fewer dive replica watches sold because 99% of us who buy them are never going to dive with them and b) certainly, far fewer dive replica watches would be sold with depth ratings that make them capable of tolerating pressures that would implode a military sub's pressure hull. It doesn't make a particle of difference in real terms whether a dive replica watch is 100m rated or 200m rated, but there's no doubt that 200m is a bit of a better look.