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U-Boat Darkmoon 44mm Green IPB Soleil Ref. 8698/B
“Destro” screw-down crown
Equipped with a 316L stainless steel case, the substantial 44mm case diameter of the U-Boat Darkmoon 44mm Green IPB Soleil Ref. 8698/B definitely feels familiar, evoking a bold and powerful wrist presence that many U-Boat watches bring. Together with its lug to lug distance of 51mm and a case thickness of 13mm, the watch wears fairly large, however contouring around the wrist comfortably with its pleasingly curved lug shape. For an extra stealth look, the 316L stainless steel case is treated with a black IP treatment for an understated yet imposing appearance. The watch is supplied with a 22mm ultra-resistant vulcanised black rubber strap, personalised with the logo of the Maison in relief.
Undoubtedly the star of the show here is the green sunray-finished metal dial filled with a special ultra-clear oil that brings a breath of life to the rather simple dial. Immersing the entire space between the dial and the highly domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal amplifies the intensity of the beige Super-LumiNova painted indices while making the crystal look almost non-existent - a truly mesmerising feature that will draw your eyes down on your wrist more often than you usually would. The visible air bubble under the dial compensates for any temperature variations, nevertheless, the watch is kept at an optimal temperature of 0°/+60°C when not on the wrist.
|Battery hatch at the back for easy replacement
The U-Boat Darkmoon 44mm Green IPB Soleil Ref. 8698/B is driven by the Swiss Ronda 712.3 quartz movement operated by the distinct left-hand crown at the 9 o’clock position. Not only is the movement extremely accurate with an estimated battery life of 60 months, utilizing a quartz movement allows the Darkmoon to be completely lubricated in the oil bath (non-conductive fluid). At the back of the case, U-Boat’s innovative locking ring system houses the movement in place while providing an ample water resistance of 5 ATM (50m). For a quick battery change without removing the case back, a convenient hatch is integrated for a hassle-free experience.
U-Boat has constantly impressed us with their unique designs and performance-driven features, the U-Boat Darkmoon 44mm Green IPB Soleil Ref. 8698/B demonstrates how the brand ceaselessly integrates new innovative features in their watches bearing an unconventional military-inspired look. The combination of the world-renowned design expertise of the Italians and state-of-the-art Swiss watchmaking really shows how U-Boat has set themselves apart from the rest of the industry.