The Ulysse Nardin diving watch collection Diver is best suited for recreational divers and water sports enthusiasts. Limited editions, such as the Diver Chronograph Hammerhead Shark, are worthy competition for watch legends like the Rolex Submariner.
The anchor in the company's logo is an unmistakable indication of Ulysse Nardin's maritime roots. In their early days, the manufacturer produced precise, award-winning marine chronometers. With the Diver collection, the company emphasizes their relationship with water and combines attractive designs with functionality and durability.
Like any proper diving watch, every model features a unidirectional bezel for tracking dive times. The case, which comes in stainless steel, titanium, or rose gold, is protected from scratches and rough handling by a layer of rubber on certain models. You will also find a crown protector on each timepiece. Colors like blue, red, and yellow further underscore the sporty character of these automatic watches. It's not uncommon to find cases 45.8 mm in diameter. Taken together with glow-in-the-dark hands and indices coated with Superluminova, the current time and dive time are always extraordinarily easy to read. Most Lady Diver models have mother-of-pearl dials, lending elegance to the series' typical diving watch aesthetic.
Ulysse Nardin is famous for their pioneering use of silicon in watches. This is why these timepieces also include components made of this anti-magnetic material and are able to continue to function precisely, even in magnetic environments.
|Model||Price (approx.)||Water resistance|
|Diver Chronograph Hammerhead Shark, Ref. 1502-151LE-3/93-HAMMER||30,000 euros||300 m (30 bar)|
|Diver Chronograph Artemis Racing, Ref. 353-98LE-3/ARTEMIS||8,500 euros||200 m (20 bar)|
|Lady Diver, Ref. 3203-190-3C/10.10||8,000 euros||300 m (30 bar)|
|Diver Black Sea, Ref. 263-92-3C||7,000 euros||200 m (20 bar)|
|Maxi Marine Diver, Ref. 263-33||3,400 euros||300 m (30 bar)|
Prices for pre-owned Ulysse Nardin Divers are relatively affordable when compared with models in the Freak collection. You can purchase a Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver in very good condition starting at 3,400 euros. The reference number 263-33 has a 43-mm stainless steel case and a black dial with contrasting white indices, which glow in the dark and are easy to read underwater. This version is water resistant to 300 m (30 bar) and has a rubber strap, making it the perfect companion on recreational dives. However, make sure you have the water resistance of pre-owned watches tested before plunging into the deep.
Ulysse Nardin also offers diving watches for women, which are water resistant to 300 m (30 bar) as well. These come in precious materials, such as 18-karat rose gold with diamonds and a 40-mm case. The Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver with the reference number 3203-190-3C/10.10 includes a white rubber strap and a mother-of-pearl dial with diamonds. The in-house caliber UN-320 ticks away inside the stainless steel case and has a date display and small seconds dial. You can buy this model for around 8,000 euros in never-worn condition.
The Diver Black Sea sets itself apart within this series thanks to its impressive case size: At an imposing 45.8 mm, it's impossible to miss. The hefty design of this watch is completed by its black rubber-coated case and weighty indices and hands, which come in colors like red and blue. These timepieces are water resistant to 200 m (20 bar). Plan to spend about 7,000 euros on a new Diver Black Sea with the reference number 263-92-3C and red indices.
You can also find chronographs among the Black Sea models. If black isn't your color, perhaps the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Artemis Racing with the reference number 353-98LE-3/ARTEMIS is a good alternative. This edition is dedicated to the Swedish Artemis Racing Team, which has made a name for itself with numerous sailing victories. The stainless steel case is covered in blue rubber, and there's an engraving of the Artemis Racing catamaran on the dial. The watch's stainless steel elements also feature the team's logo. New examples of this limited series of 250 pieces cost around 8,500 euros.
The Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Hammerhead Shark is yet another limited edition.This luxury chronograph features a Hammerhead shark motif on both its dial and bracelet elements. This agile animal gets its name from its head shape, which gives it panoramic vision and functions as a sensory organ that allows the shark to detect its prey. The case is water resistant to 300 m (30 bar) and comes in stainless steel, rose gold, or a bicolor version with both. The first release had a run of 300 pieces, while the next two were both limited to 99. The blue rubber strap with red stripes accentuates the maritime theme, and the matching blue dial also includes red elements. The in-house caliber UN-150 has a 48-hour power reserve and can be viewed through the sapphire glass case back. Set aside around 30,000 euros for the rose gold variant with the reference number 1502-151LE-3/93-HAMMER.