To mark its 10th anniversary, the German watchmaking company UTS Watches has created a special edition version of its Bauhaus-styled (or, at least, deliberately minimalistic in the layout of its dial) UTS 1000M Diver automatic wristwatch. Still offered in a slightly oversized 43 mm steel case and powered by the same time-proven ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, the special edition model offers rugged, simple design of its exterior that, together with its impressive water resistance rating and quality movement, makes this new device an almost perfect tool watch (of course, only if you are ready to pay for this “tool” a price of a slightly used Omega Seamaster.)
Even these (not the very best around) photos show that the massive bezel of the timekeeper was designed not only to impress, but also to be easily operated with gloved hands. The dial is high-contrast and presents only useful information (in fact, its design reminds me strongly of airplane instruments that, too, were designed to present all the necessary information in the most convenient way.) Even the multilink bracelet is really comfortable, although the watch is also available on a trendier black rubber strap.
What I really like about UTS is that they are not trying to look like something they are not.
I mean, there are dozens of brands that simply buy a “ready-made ” design of a timepiece from a specialized company, then outsource actual production to another specialized company, then buy a couple of hundreds of blank movements from ETA, or Selita, or La Joux-Perret, or even from some Chinese clone-maker, pack the resulting product in a nice wooden box and call themselves “watchmakers”.
More advanced brands of this kind limit their list of movement suppliers to Swiss-brands brands and assemble the timekeepers strictly in Switzerland in order to sell their timekeepers with the famous “Swiss Made” insignia that increases the product’s retail price by a factor of two.
The German-based UTS Watches doesn’t claim itself a watch manufacture.
Instead, they honestly say that their business is limited to getting good Swiss made movements and packing them into their own hand made cases with unique dials and hands.
In a sense, UTS to the world of watches is like Morgan to the world of cars: they are coachbuilders. And they are good at that.
The German company has at least eight models in its range, including a chronograph watch, but to mark its decade in business they have chosen the 1000M diver model.
The special edition version will be supplied with a Galvanic Black dial and its prominent bezel that houses a 3 mm sapphire glass, which is thick enough to withstand the 100 ATM of static barometric pressure, is outsourced from a more expensive 2000M Diver model.
Ditto the bright red second hand with a pair of strips of some luminescent substance.
Speaking of which, UTS says that they put a lot of it on the hour and minute hands, as well as on the indices, so the watch is very bright.
The timepieces will be sold in stainless steel and a tad flashier (but also less practical) PVD-coated versions.
Prices are still unknown, but I expect the limited edition timepiece to retail for around $3000 or slightly more for a version in plain stainless steel.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 5/5
Value for Money: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Images: UTS Watches
UTS 1000M Diver 10th year Anniversary specification:
Movement: Caliber ETA 2824-2, 4.6 mm x 25.60 mm, stop seconds, Etachron regulator, Swiss Made
Cadence of balance: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, date
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case material: Stainless steel or PVD-coated steel
Diameter: 43.00 mm
Height: 14.00 mm
Water resistance: 1000 meters (100 ATM)
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet or black rubber strap
Back: Solid, engraved