Thursday, March 19, 2015

U-BOAT Capsule

Inspired directly by the first undersea exploration modules, the U-BOAT Capsule is the latest creation designed by Italo Fontana.

Fascinated by depth gauges made in the early 1930s, Italo designed this watch with their characteristic features in mind, from the rounded shape to the porthole windows with water pressure resistant glass to ensure that the people inside the cabin survived the dive.

These spherical portholes made from strong glass were clamped to the outside surface of the capsule using a system of levers to ensure water resistance. The Capsule watch uses a patented system to clamp the glass to the grade 5titanium case, featuring a system of external fixing levers guaranteed to withstand the pressure exerted by both outside and inside agents.
The two main levers, blocked in place by a third one positioned at 3 o’clock and by special safety screws, press the domed glass in hesalite against the waterproof gasket beneath. This system secures the watch in the event of pressure changes. The entire process of opening and removing the glass can be performed without dismantling any of the watch’s main components (usually the bezel must be removed), but only the glass.  Limited Edition 288 pieces, the watch will come in two different versions: respectively with black and beige colour dial.
Technical details
The two-piece case (middle and back) is joined by screws and has no bezel, which is replaced by the glass itself; made from titanium grade 5
Special titanium screw crown positioned at 9 o’clock, designed and manufactured according to U-BOAT technical specifications
The release mechanism on the right side of the case provides easy access to the dial and component parts. A special titanium ring guarantees an air tight seal and total water resistance. The ring is also fixed in place with 2screws on the lugs for greater resilience and security
Titanium screw crown made to an exclusive U-Boat design
Diameter, 50 mm. Thickness, 23.5 mm. Overall dimensions, 63 mm
Case back attached by 4screws for rapid access to the movement for adjustment purposes
U-28 movement
Three-level dial with SuperLuminova and date indicator at 9 o’clock
Hesalite glass
Water resistance: 10 ATM 100 metres.
Strap made from leather selected and treated according to U-Boat specifications and aged naturally without technical forcing. Fully hand worked waxed cotton finishing with laser engraved. Tongue buckle

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