Unimatic gives its dive and field watches a military-inspired overhaul

Looking for a unique tool watch that won’t break the bank? The new Esercito Italiano collection from Unimatic, a relatively young Italian watch brand, deserves a place at the top of your shopping list. The collection includes three timepieces, each a limited edition version designed as a tribute to the Italian armed forces.

The watches are revised versions of Unimatic’s existing U1 dive and U4 field watches, but they have a few unique aesthetic and functional features that really set them apart. The two U1 models in the collection, the U1-PA (series limited to 300 pieces) and the U1-PAN (series limited to 150 pieces only), are both a tribute to the Paracadutisti, the parachute corps within the Italian army. The corps logo, a parachute between a pair of wings, is proudly stamped on the lower half of the dial of both watches; the logo is also engraved on the back of the cases.

The watches have also received a notable functional upgrade: both feature a unidirectional rotating bezel with compass markings, so they can be used for orientation and navigation. And as you’d expect, they’re built to perform in demanding circumstances. They feature sturdy 40mm stainless steel cases, double-domed sapphire crystal on the dial, and oversized indexes with plenty of light for excellent visibility. They’re paired with a NATO-style nylon webbing to help you get the perfect fit no matter how many layers you’re wearing.

The only difference between them? The U1-PAN ups the ante with a black DLC finish to resist scuffs and scratches; it also gives the watch a more understated look.

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The U4-TA, limited to only 200 copies, is a tribute to the Truppe Alpine Command, Italy’s elite mountain warfare force and the oldest such unit still active in the world. This is a special version of Unimatic’s U4 field watch, and it comes with a new “foliage green” dial and matching TPU strap.

Like the divers, the U4-TA features a highly legible dial layout, with large luminescent indexes and hands, and its military roots are evident: “Truppe Alpine” is boldly emblazoned at the top. The 40mm stainless steel case features a sandblasted finish, which gives this watch a solid and sturdy appearance. Even better, it has the stats to back up that first impression. It is water resistant to 300 meters and topped with a durable sapphire crystal on the dial.

These three military tribute watches are powered by a Seiko automatic movement for reliable timekeeping, and all offer a 41-hour power reserve. With their rugged good looks, proud military pedigree, and great prices, these are watches you can wear every day. They won’t let you down no matter how tough your day gets.

[Starting at $617; unimaticwatches.com]

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