U-Boat submerges latest watch collection in oil


If the £40,000 price tag of an artisan Ressence is a little steep for your budget but you love the fluidity of its oil-filled watches, U-Boat may have an alternative.

The Italian watchmaker has made its own collection, known as Capsoil, using the same technique where the mechanism and dial are entirely enclosed in a bath of oil behind domed, smoked, mineral glass.

There are two chronographs in the family priced at £1,620, and two three-handers at £1,420 lit up in the dark with Superluminova.

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They come in 45mm steel cases on brown or black leather or rubber straps.

“The oily liquid surrounding the dial transforms it into an absolute black, making it three-dimensional and deep,” the company says. “This fluid creates an ever-moving compensation bubble, as well as offering a surprisingly amplified view of the hands, which seem to float free as in absence of the glass.”


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  1. The Capsoil is an amazing watch! I had the opportunity to try the non-chrono version recently and it was one of those pieces that I just didn’t want to take off… the oil-filled dial makes legibility absolutely second-to-none, even in bright sunlight and the absence of a bezel creates a real sense of depth as the crystal curves round to meet the case. It’s definitely on my wish-list!

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