Italian watchmaker Unimatic is a master of limited-edition collaborations. Some are surprising and some just look natural, but they always seem to combine branding and design perfectly. The latest is a partnership with the Italian military, called Esercito, and it’s the kind that fits easily into the brand’s already rugged and often military vibe.
The three Unimatic x Esercito watches include two models aimed at the infantry corps paratrooper and take the form of the brand’s U1, or Modello Uno, diver’s watch. Rather than dive-oriented markings, however, the rotating bezels each include directional markings for use as a compass. The other major feature you will notice is the Paracadutisti badge prominently displayed on the dial above 6 o’clock. The bare stainless steel model (~$730) is limited to 300 pieces and a more tactic, black coated version (~$840) will only see 150 produced.
The third model in the collaboration is based on the U4, or Modello Quattro, which we reviewed here. While just as water resistant as dive watches, its sterile steel bezel doesn’t rotate and it’s designed as something closer to a field watch. In its Esercito incarnation, it is specifically aimed at the Italian Alpini Army’s mountain troops, with “Truppe Alpine” taking up the space under 12 o’clock where most brands put their own logos. There will only be 200 examples made in this configuration, each priced at around $615.
Although visually distinct and with different purposes, each of the three Unimatic x Esercito watches has almost the same specifications. They are each 40mm wide, are water resistant to 300m and run on the Seiko NH35A automatic movement. They all also sport the Esercito star logo on their closed cases – and we have to admit: those camo straps look pretty killer. As of this writing, these limited edition watches are still available, but interested parties should act quickly as Unimatic collaborations are known to sell out quickly.
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