There are certain watchmaking archetypes we expect to see from brands, be they pilots watches, racing-inspired chronographs or something equally well-defined. And while Unity already has an extensive range of both updated classics and their own special flavours, there was one noticeable absence: a divers watch. Now, that absence that has been rectified by their latest release. With water resistance up to 300m, meet the Unity ABYSS.
The watch is fairly simple from a design standpoint, a subtly modern take on the divers style that dominated the 60s and 70s. The case is made from sleek stainless steel which provides lots of durability for sporting adventures and the large 43mm diameter dial should make it easy to read underwater. The dial itself is available in either dark blue or black, both evocative of the murky depths down to which you could take it. You know, if you wanted to.
That low-light visibility is helped along with the sword hands, hour markers and bezel details, which are all picked out in brilliant C1 white lume. The bezel itself has a uni-directional rotation and rather than the usual jagged edge, it has four notches to give it a less aggressive styling, making the piece equally suited to boat and boat club.
The matte finish to the case, complete with polished top edge, completes the look with a nice sense of elegance in contrast. But while it might be serene above surface, there’s a powerhouse kicking below. The Swiss Movement STP1-1-11 (Swiss Technology Production) is self-winding with a not-too-shabby 44-hour power reserve.
The ABYSS might not be a technically-advanced super watch or a jewel-encrusted work of art but it’s definitely worth getting hands-on with. Its simplicity is quite charming and it’s a worthy modern update on a classic style – not to mention that it will only be available in a small number with 100 pieces being made, 50 each of the two dial colours.
If you fancy being one of the first to get your hands on the ABYSS, check out Unity’s KickStarter page here.
Price & Specs:
Model: Unity ABYSS
Case/Dial: 42mm diameter, stainless steel “cushion” case, black or deep blue dial
Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
Movement: Swiss calibre STP1-1-11 (Swiss Technology Production), automatic, 26 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 44h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with matte finish
Price/Availability: €390 (approx. £346) at KickStarter, estimated delivery March 2021
More details at Unity.