Standing at the helm of Unity Watches is Eduardo Peres who founded the company in Barcelona in 2010. Peres is a watchmaking enthusiast whose watchmaking proposition is characterized in three-fold: personalized watches, no mass manufacturing, and exclusivity. If you are tired of buying mass-produced watches whose identities are transformed to cash cows by their makers, then consider Unity Watches.
A great example or result of this three-fold philosophy is the limited Jules Verne which is an automatic bronze watch inspired by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It is a handsome watch that is both tough and classic. There is also the customizable Zanzer with all black aesthetics and special printing and engraving in the dial and back case (according to the buyer’s preferences).
Moving on, Eduardo Peres impresses us yet again with another release, the Unity Black Pearl Dive Watch, yes it is a divers watch. Featuring a 43 mm stainless steel finished in both polished and brushed, the Black Pearl is nonetheless a rugged diver. It also showcases a stainless steel bezel with white luminova marks which is useful in darkness.
The crown is positioned at 4 o’clock with toothed surface that aids for a better grip during time adjustments even underwater. The caseback is closed and made of the same quality stainless steel. The most notable engraving at the caseback is the “BORN TO DIVE” which is true considering the watch’s capability of diving up to 300 meters. Most divers watches we covered are limited to 200 meters or less at this price point.
On the watch face, we see a nice black dial featuring round applied indexes with polished frame. They are large making legibility quite superb. The white super luminova also adds to hyper readability which is awesome and they are very visible due to the size of them. Over the long-term though, it actually looks better and more practical. The large bezel and the deep dial somehow results to a perfect blend which is true to the philosophy of the Unity watchmaking.
Moreover, the date window is positioned at the traditional 3 o’clock with a sharp digit design. The overall applied logo details are also quite nice giving the watch a unique personality. The clever red tipped seconds hand also gives the watch a sense of urgency which is nice. The H&M steel hands with rhodium bath looks superb and big. Saying that the Black Pearl is made to illuminate in the dark is an understatement considering its massive use of super luminova.
Furthermore, at the heart of the Unity Black Pearl Dive Watch is a Swiss made automatic mechanical movement, the Valanvron v24, Caliber 11 1/2. It beats at a frequency of 28800 a/h. Being Swiss made, one can expect reliability from this impressive workhorse.
The Unity Black Pearl Dive Watch wears on either a steel bracelet with matte finishing or a black rubber strap. Both feature buckles with engravings. Pre-orders started last November and will end this December with a total of 60 promotional units. unitywatches.com