Watch Review

The New Ulysse Nardin Diver Is Smaller – and Awesome

Paul Altieri

We love it when brands retool watches from their collections with the desires of enthusiasts and collectors in mind; and with the launch of this latest Ulysse Nardin Diver it has become immensely clear that the brand is listening to what today’s dive watch buyer really wants.

First things first, its case size has been reduced to 42mm – the ideal dive watch sweet spot that’s not overbearing for smaller wrists, and yet not too petite for those wanting a luxury watch with presence.

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The 42mm Ulysse Nardin Diver is available in either black or blue and with a variety of different strap/bracelet options (Image: Ulysse Nardin).

A New Dial with Unique Text

Getting past its case size alone, there’s a brilliantly uncluttered look to the new diver previously unseen in past models. Its minute track, brand name, and date text are all color-matched across the dial, as is the more unique bit of text above its six o’clock date window.

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The bezel is slightly concave and features subtle concentric circles for added depth (Image: Ulysse Nardin).

Rather than the usual dial text that relates to depth ratings, chronometer status, or other typical Swiss watchmaking jargon that clutters up a dial, what you get with the new Ulysse Nardin Diver are GPS coordinates; specifically the coordinates of Ulysse Nardin’s hometown of Le Locle, Switzerland.

Finishing off its overall design are an oversized winding crown without crown guards, and a pronounced notching to its bezel that give the piece a touch more of a rugged tool-watch aesthetic.

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Despite its refined and vintage-inspired design, the new 42mm Ulysse Nardin diver is a highly-capable tool watch (Image: Ulysse Nardin).

More than a Pretty Face

One additional feature that Ulysse Nardin added to the equation with this latest release is equal parts visual and functional. For the first time, a Ulysse Nardin Diver will be offered on a mesh Milanese bracelet. This supple metal bracelet option is often overlooked by brands, but seems to suit the design and case proportions of this latest release perfectly.

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Milanaise mesh bracelets are perfect for the warmer summer months (Image: Ulysse Nardin).

It inherently makes the diver a touch more flashy than a rubber or leather alternative, but from a comfort and uniqueness standpoint, I suspect a good number of these will leave authorized dealers with the Milanese bracelet option. If you’ve yet to try one for yourself, do it – they’re effectively the most comfortable type of bracelet configuration out there during warmer summer months.

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The text on the dial displays the coordinates of Ulysse Nardin’s headquarters in Le Locle, Switzerland (Image: Ulysse Nardin).
Paul Altieri

With over a decade of experience as a journalist and editor covering the watchmaking, the automotive industry, and other lifestyle topics, a general obsession with mechanical creations remains the common thread. Having worked for a broad range of industry and general interest publications throughout the years, Justin has developed a sincere appreciation for a wide range of watch brands and styles, as well as an ever-growing interest in the vintage watch market.