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Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001

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The Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001 Specification

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name U-Boat
Part Number 55-U-1001-BLU
Item Shape Round
Dial window material type Anti reflective sapphire
Clasp Fold-Over Clasp with Double Push-Button Safety
Case material Titanium
Case diameter 5.5 centimeters
Case Thickness 18 millimeters
Band Material Silicone
Band length 8 inches
Band width 23 millimeters
Band Color Black
Dial color Black
Bezel material Titanium
Movement Swiss automatic
Water resistant depth 1001 Meters

U-Boat 1001 are like more classic American Muscle cars do expect a lot American part in it. They are big, made with lots of metal, have cool designs on them, and make you feel good wearing it. At the same time, they are not very practical, they don’t always have what they look like they should under their hoods, and are not the most comfortable machines to use on a daily basis.

Italo Fontana U-Boat brand has come very far since being a pure fashion brand of big dive watches for men with a design scheme that vaguely resembles its namesake German submarines. U-boat’s momentum is only held back by its new designs and ability to continue to squeeze the juice out of its theme. While there are a sweet spot case size and design for the brand, they have gone a good way beyond that a number of times, especially done for those who need a fresh fix and wild designs. Like a dress made especially for a model to show-off during a runway show only, this limited edition U-Boat U 1001 watch is a bold fashion item that has many hallmarks of being something function, but all falls short of actually being that.

This isn’t to say that Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001 is not a watch or does not function well as one, but rather that it has some rugged features that are sort of misplaced on an image watch such as this.

The Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001 design and feel

When wearing the Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001, it should feel pretty cool, despite its size. You might find a few silly things on the watch, some necessary some are not. But you can’t deny that it truly feel the concept of it being like a muscle car.

The Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001 size, case, bezel, hands, and crowns

The Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001 is a whopping 55mm wide in titanium. The metal case is cut very well, and the titanium has a very smooth bead-blasted feel to it. All over the case are branding details and information about the watch. Read the back and the sides of the watch and learn just about everything you would wish to know about the Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001.

The big and heavy case contraption that almost makes the watch feel worth its price. Made from titanium, the case looks like a diving vessel itself. Again you can see the engraving of the Angler fish on it, and a thick porthole with a rounded crystal lens where the watch sits and stare at you as though it is safe while you are in the ocean. It is a serious part of the timepiece’s presentation and U-Boat makes you feel pretty darn special to have received this thing.

The Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001 refers to the fact that it is water-resistant up to 1001 meters. Basically, it is the same as 1000 meters diving watch, but they decided to add another meter to the title, just for the sake of creativity and fun to the name.

Dive watches are usually tested just beyond their water-resistant levels, so adding that extra meter does not mean anything from a technical standpoint. The watch is also limited to 1001 pieces and 333 or so pieces of each color and is available with a variety of colors trims for the dial.

The dial of the watch is matte black with the blue hour indicators on a layer below the dial. You see an expose synthetic ruby from the movement, which is the hallmark of many U-Boat watches. The placement of the diagonally aligned date window shows you how small the movement is in the super big case.

The Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001 ensured high quality throughout the watch. Cause in the end, even if the watch is functionally silly, it is still well made and designed nicely. Under the super large crown cap is the actual crown. The crown cap screws down and so do the crown.

The Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001 features

It has more features for diving such as the helium escape valve beneath the crown, but again, how can you go diving in a watch that you can ‘t see underwater. Perhaps it is good for the sunny clear water. The helium release valve, the quality, and finish of the large connected crown cap and the surrounding parts are very good. Well machined, and each operates as they should without a problem.

The Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001 movement

The Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001 is powered by a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic. A solid movement perfect for a dive watch, but perhaps a bit small for this case.

The Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001 strap

The Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001 has an adjustable rubber strap that has a titanium end piece on one side, which has a good style and makes the giant watch wearable. You can see the U-Boat name engraving on the butterfly deployment clasp also in titanium. Again you see the U 1001 logo on the deployment as well, indicating U-Boat’s desire to show you how many custom parts went into this limited-edition collection of watches.


4.5Expert Score
Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001
Italo Fontana U-Boat 1001
The U-Boat U-1001 is a watch that pays tribute to Mr. Fontana’s passion. It is built to withstand the rigorous demands of professional diving and it offers a bold, clear, technical design reminiscent of high tech instruments.
  • Water-resistant 1001 meters
  • The watch is subject to an atmospheric pressure that is 100 times superior to that at sea level
  • It is constructed out of synthetic sapphire, which is is highly scratch resistant due to its hardness, and it is 5.5mm thick
  • This strength indicates durability and quality on dry land.
  • automatic pressure release valve
  • The case is made of titanium. The lightness of the substance marries well with oversize watches
  • The U-1001 cannot actually be classified as a professional diving watch due to its lack of certain diving-related markings