In a departure from the unconventional or “freakish” modern watch designs that have been coming from Ulysse Nardin for as long as I can remember, as of late, the Le Locle manufacture has released numerous vintage inspired timepieces. And the Diver Le Locle may be their best yet.

Originally released in 1964 – in a 38 mm case – the new version is 42 mm and features modern in-house automatic caliber UN-320, which is equipped with a silicon escapement and hairspring, and a 48-hour power reserve.

The dial is matte black with large round and rectangular luminescent (tan) indexes and large baton-shaped luminescent hour and minute hands. Small seconds are displayed in the subdial at 6 o’clock, which has a cross hair marking and an Alpha shaped luminescent hand.

A magnified date display, that can be quickly set both forwards and backward, is located at 3 o’clock.

A sapphire crystal and glossy black unidirectional and fluted bezel protect the front of the watch. And even though an image was not included, there is a pretty cool engraving of a diver on the solid steel caseback.

The stainless steel crown locks and water-resistance is 100 meters. Interestingly, the lugs are very similar to Omega’s so-called twisted lugs and are fully polished.

Completing the nautical look is a black sailcloth with white contrast stitching. The retail price is $9600. (Ref. 3203-950)

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.