When I first saw the U-Boat U1001, I thought wow! Colors that complement each other, huge crown power with cool helium escape valve, and very nice visual appearance. Then came time for dissection, examination, and evaluation. It was all down hill from there, real quick. Let me shoot ya straight, I would wear the hell out of this timepiece (not diving) and I do like it, but for the readers and the people that buy a great deal of watches and flip them, this is a watch that will hit the pile sooner than others.
Despite the grand appearance, heavy duty 47mm case, and that striking hint of orange – but for $5,100, no way (the 55mm is even more ridiculous at $7,150)! The outer perimeter of the bezel boasts a calibre U/28, but let’s face it, all they did was toss in an ETA 2824-2 with minimal modifications and replace the oscillator with some cutout U-Boat signage. What we’re left with is a huge amount of space between the movement and oversize case, with no pizazz or effort put into camouflaging the gap. The U-1001 is being sold as a limited edition piece and for this price, collectors should expect something more exciting behind the facade. Where’s the perlage finish? This was a huge turn off for me and was a cheap move by U-Boat.
I’m dubbing the U1001 a suck you in and knock you down piece. You’ll be happy for about a week and then it’ll let you down when you realize you’ve been distracted from some of the important qualities this watch lacks. The box (I hate all boxes anyway) is another turn off. Ultra cheesy space waster. Can’t these manufacturers stick to hard shell leather cases that can be used? Ironic how some of the Swiss watch companies claim to be so adamantly opposed to anything made in China, but are happy to serve sweatshop boxes with their overpriced and supposedly Swiss made watches.
In conclusion, the U-1001 is a let you down and sink U-Boat for $5,100. But hey, whatever floats your… yeah whatever. If you just have to have one, try to find it triple used and beat up a little, don’t take the hit on a new one.
- Reference 6448
- Limited Edition with 1,001 made
- Automatic caliber ETA 2824-2 movement
- Stainless steel case measuring 47mm (also available in 55mm)
- Black dial with choice of orange or blue markers
- Sapphire crystal
- Water resistant up to 1,001 meters