With its impressive water resistance rating of 50 ATM and a nicely executed cushion-shaped body, the new UTS Adventure GMT diver is the first timepiece from the German brand that can be used not only as a tool, but as an accessory, too (of course, only if you don’t mind its hefty weight and the deliberately oversized body, which is around 46 millimeters in width).
When it comes to UTS diving watches, their main selling point has always been about cases.
Robust and reliable, they are constructed to withstand enormous pressure and corrosive properties of sea water.
Even if their watch is rated for “only” 1000 or 2000 meters, one can always be certain that there is always that substantial “margin of safety” that won’t let the its sapphire crystal crack if you dive beyond the limit.
However, truth be told, UTS founder and owner Mr. Nicolaus Spinner (a professional engineer and watch collector) has always been more into function rather into form.
As a result, his watches have always been like German tanks during the WWII: robust, reliable, and comfortable, but not particularly pleasant to look at, especially from the receiving end of the muzzle.
The new UTS Adventure GMT diving watch is now closer to an armored Mercedes-Benz G-Class than to the Tiger tank.
The timekeeper is not only rated for depths of up to 500 meters (1650 feet,) but is also very elegant (for a diver) and looks like you can wear it not only with dry-suit or jeans, but also with more formal dress.
Of course, being 15.5 mm in height and 46 mm in width, the watch will not be compatible with a normal long-sleeve shirt, but you can always order one with wider cuffs, right?
It also must be said, that the watch looks great even on my, rather skinny, 7.1-inch wrist. Its weight of 160 grams is also not a problem, when you get used to it.
Its cushion-shaped case is made of surgical grade 1.4404 satin-finished stainless steel and features a very imposing round bezel. For some unknown reason the latter comes without the usual timer scale and is affixed with hex screws (as are the milled steel lugs 22 mm in width.)
As usual, the watch features a very legible dial with its hour indexes painted in white Superluminova over a deep black galvanic dial with Sunray pattern.
Unfortunately, the GMT scale and arrow-shaped extra hour hand are painted with normal red paint that doesn’t draw too much attention when not needed, but is also completely invisible in darkness.
The watch is motivated by a Swiss Made ETA caliber Valgranges A07-171 with GMT complication.
Sporting official power reserve of 42 hours, the automatic movement is also adjusted to 5 positions, which makes it even more accurate.
The movement, that shows only very basic decoration, is perfectly visible through a transparent case back, which is covered with a rather thick sapphire crystal featuring anti-reflective coating on the inside.
Although the MSRP for the UTS Adventure GMT Diver is set at $4500, you can now order a version on a black rubber strap at more affordable $3648.
A stainless steel bracelet adds to the grand total hefty, but bearable $299.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Photos: UTS Watches
UTS Adventure GMT Automatic specification
Price: MSRP $4500
Movement: Caliber ETA Valgranges A07-171, automatic, Swiss Made
Functions: Hour, minutes, seconds, second time zone (GMT)
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 46.00 mm
Case height: 15.50 mm
Dial: Black galvanic with Sunray pattern
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 500 meters
Strap: Black rubber strap or Stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, anti-reflective treatment (inside)
Back: Sapphire, anti-reflective treatment (inside)