I can't believe I bought this nearly 19 years ago...

 By: Dave G : February 13th, 2021-00:34
Blue before blue was cool?  UN's first Blue xxx -- this one being the Max.

I always loved its " golf ball " dial. Superb and it also brings back to some excellent memories.

 By: amanico : February 13th, 2021-00:39
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I chased the 'blues' for a while...

 By: Dave G : February 13th, 2021-00:46
until they became a bit gimmicky. Bought Blue Max, Blue Surf and Blue Wave all with the same serial number. Got a bit old and not creative after the first few I think.
The blue movement parts on this one were quick neat at the time.

I totally agree. These are my favorites!

 By: amanico : February 13th, 2021-00:47
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 By: Cookies : February 13th, 2021-02:33
The dimples are beautiful. Somehow these older models look better to me, than the new divers they’ve released in recent times.

Stitched sofa

 By: Zebda : February 14th, 2021-08:15
The decoration of this dial was a real challenge because what Rolf wanted was not a golf ball but a stitched sofa. Twenty years ago we did not have the current possibilities of carrying out 3D machining. several attempts have been made to transcribe this fantastic model. Based on this success, this decoration was used for the Diver 42.70 mm version in steel and gold version.

Interesting to know this detail.

 By: Dave G : February 14th, 2021-09:27
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Thank you so much for that information!

 By: amanico : February 14th, 2021-09:38
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Dave, that's a perfect, blue UN!

 By: wover : February 13th, 2021-00:45
So different from all other dive/sports watches. Superb. - Wover

Blue Oyster Cult

 By: Weems@8 : February 13th, 2021-02:35
Blue is an important watch color in the sports, a fashion kind of thing.

19 years ago it was not a color i seen, but 20 years ago my eyes felt on a blue dial Longines, since these days became my favorite brand.
So blue is not that trend only color for me, it was the gate to more watches.
Dave his UN is evidence, blue ignites.

Hmmmm, Blue Oyster Cult... Am a big fan!

 By: amanico : February 13th, 2021-02:37
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I know only one hit

 By: Weems@8 : February 13th, 2021-02:56
from this band with a perfect band name.

There was another blue at the time from UN with a fabulous enamel dial and bezel in pepertual form...

 By: Dave G : February 14th, 2021-01:45
They are quite reasonable in price now if you can find a good one. Again, I believe they were a limited run...

Beautiful pics

 By: Arronax : February 13th, 2021-02:49
Is it steel? In a way it reminds me of my pam25: 3D dial (waffle vs dimple), sub second, open hands, date cyclop on the inside, which is probably why I love those UN so much smile

Yes, steel construction

 By: Dave G : February 14th, 2021-01:45
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Good old days for the Divers. Much more appealing than any UN Diver designs from the past 10 years.

 By: MichaelC : February 13th, 2021-07:31
Every time they revamp the collection, I hope to be wowed.  But they never come close to these old ones.  It is very sad to me.

But very good for you smile

I agree. Don't know if I'm old and grumpy but most of the new stuff from everyone is not exciting me.

 By: Blansky : February 13th, 2021-08:43
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I love Ulysse Nardin and expect more from this brand. Quite frankly, many of the lines need full overhauls.

 By: MichaelC : February 13th, 2021-16:09
Imagine what a designer like Octavio Garcia could do for UN. I think it is beyond time for a new design team to collaborate with the technical guys.

Have to agree.

 By: amanico : February 13th, 2021-17:11
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It is a topic that has been on my mind. I have not posted it.

 By: MichaelC : February 14th, 2021-06:38
Nicolas, you can attest to my UN passion. I really love these guys.
I don't fully agree that that current lack of excitement and appeal is all related to the losses of Rolf and Ludwig. They still have fantastic mechanisms and ingenuity. But the overall designs and details... lots of problems to my eyes. Rectangles and Xs everywhere, too many integrated lug cases, almost all Roman numerals - it is dated and boring. I would argue the Freak version I bought is the last great piece they have released (and I'll be honest - nothing earth shattering about it ((I mean it is a Freak, that IS earth shattering!!)), but otherwise just a nicely updated version of a Cruiser made more accessible to guys like me).
The Sonata is a great example - from the original release on, the "design" or evolution of the watch mostly became more unappealing each time they "updated" it. Some of them are really a disaster.
Ulysse Nardin needs a new lead designer. They have a great core of movements and all the tools in the toolbox. But my goodness, time for some new talent to grab a sketchpad and pencil and get to work.

Interesting, my friend. Agreed on what you said on the Freak. Like you, I prefer the design of the creations from the 1998 / 2010 era.

 By: amanico : February 14th, 2021-10:14
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They lost their inspiration with Rolf Schnyder passed away in 2011 and Ludwig Oechslin moved away from design...

 By: Dave G : February 14th, 2021-01:48
These first divers were novelties that were fresh, not to mention the Freak, Moonstruck, Hourstriker, the incredible repeaters, etc.

And the Sonata! :)))

 By: amanico : February 14th, 2021-01:51
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Yes of course!

 By: Dave G : February 14th, 2021-02:34
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Poor Sonata! :)))

 By: amanico : February 14th, 2021-02:42
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I loved the golf ball dial also (I used the same description). A watch I should NOT have let go of. Don't duplicate my mistake! Actually its too small, right? ... If you start thinking that (the mistake

 By: InDebtButOnTime : February 13th, 2021-10:16
I made) PM me! haha!


 By: amanico : February 13th, 2021-10:43
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Haha...the size becomes quite nice again after the expansion to 44mm+ trend has ebbed away

 By: Dave G : February 14th, 2021-01:51
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