Most watch collectors take little convincing when the term “vintage diver” is mentioned. After all, many of the most famous and influential watches fit into that category. But without a large watch budget, most of those watches are not exactly obtainable, and should you actually want to go diving or swimming with a watch, it’s best to leave your vintage and investment grade pieces in the safe. As such, the amount of vintage-inspired dive watches has grown tremendously in the last few years, but not all hit the mark visually. Well, Unimatic, a new Italian brand, has certainly done so with their inaugural offering, the Modello Uno, which also achieves a very attractive price point.
Coming in just shy of $500 (currency rates depending) the Modello Uno clearly draws from various sources, but comes together to have its own feel. The 40mm case is nice size for a any dive watch, let alone a vintage inspired one. Sure, there were smaller divers in the 50’s and 60’s, but plenty were much larger too. 40mm with a 41mm bezel should wear well. The case itself has a fairly classic shape, but with a bezel that clearly speaks to more mid-century designs. It’s thin, with a coined edge, a wide flat insert, numerals only at quarter-hour increments and a single lumed pip.