U-Boat U-42 to be Unveiled at Baselworld 2010 ¶
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During the past few weeks, U-Boat has been hinting at the release of a new limited edition model to at this year's Baselworld fair. It would be great to have all the details, but I guess we will have to wait to see the watch at the show one week from now. Matt and I will be in Basel where we will be able to get the full scoop on the new U-Boat watches.
Based on its shape, lever, and crown system the U-42 that Italo Fontana and company is teasing us with is decidedly based on the gargantuan U-1942. It is hard to tell whether it will be 65mm in diameter like its older brother, but it will most likely be a hefty timepiece. 999 of the U-42s will be produced. The case, made of high grade titanium will boast a water resistance rating of 300 meters, which is enough to consider the watch a diver. This makes sense, as the design of the U-1942 and presumably the U-42 are based on a watch developed by Italo Fontana's grandfather for the Italian Navy.
The black and white image released by the company does not reveal much, but looking closely at the strap one can make out just enough letters to decipher the word "cordovan." This leather is extremely resilient and offers a vintage-like, smooth texture that make it unique.
The U-Boat U-42 watch, will no doubt inspire awe amongst U-Boat watch enthusiasts.