Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver, Chronometer, Chronograph Watch Review
Maxi Marine Diver
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver (chronograph) line consists of large professional watches outfitted with an officially certified chronometer movement, and, in some models, a chronograph complication. The most notable change from the sibling Marine Diver lies in the use of extra bright colors: yellow, orange or red that will make time easier to read in dark underwater conditions.
Maxi Diver is a master collection that hosts besides the highly functional pieces several luxurious jewelry models. Diamonds cover the bezels and the lugs, producing a complimenting pattern to the luminous indexes (no numerals). Other materials include stainless steel, titanium, rose gold, rubber, and sapphire crystal. Water resistance of up to 300 meters, screw down crown, and a uni-directional rotating bezel comprise the diver utilities.
Watches upgrade Marine Diver both in size and the range of materials. Other than that, the design remains essentially the same: large torpedo-like luminous hands, open at the base, matching indexes, seconds subdial with an oversized hand, and a power reserve indicator at twelve o'clock. Only the bezel carries some numerals while a simple dot pattern on the face contributes to a general sense of clear purpose and utility. A recent diver titanium addition opt for a more elaborate wave guilloche.
The brightly colored pieces literally light this collection up, reminding that diving, though can be dangerous, is first and foremost fun.
Chronographs display a busy silver coated dial with two subdials (thirty and sixty minute registers) at three and nine o'clock. Overall face composition creates an effect of movement, or chaotic motion: perhaps slightly disorienting, but which will be offset by sea itself. In other words, this watch needs to be underwater in order to “feel” complete – a quality most evident in Ulysse Nardin Blue Seal, a limited, colored completely blue edition of the marine collection.