Tracing their history to 1846, modern timepieces from Ulysse Nardin men’s replica have featured impressive technology and a wide range of styles – the Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon next to any of their Freak replica watches couldn’t be more different. One thread running through the brand’s current creations and connecting them to their heritage, however, is a nautical theme. Among releases for SIHH 2017 is the Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta replica watch which truly gets to the heart of maritime sport timing. It easily proves itself to be both mechanically interesting and rugged enough for use in the field – the timepiece was, in fact, developed with the guidance of Loïck Peyron and Iain Percy, two ambassadors of the brand and members of the Artemis Racing team.
The regatta timer functions are split between smaller central sub-dials and are displayed in bright yellow on both the blue and white dial variants. It’s visually inspiring and reminiscent of classic Ulysse Nardin design, but it’s also purposeful, which is everything a regatta timer should be. I was pleased to see that the Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta replica watch is available in two dial colors. One thing to note here is that the yellow just pops a little more on the blue dial Ref. 1553-155-3/43 that has a deep sunburst effect to it and is lined with large polished Roman numerals, which would be my choice if I had to pick a favorite.
The case of the Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta Best Swiss Time Replica is sized at 44mm in diameter and provides 100m of water-resistance. The variety of brushed and polished surfaces worked into the stainless steel case results in a look that walks a fine line between sport and elegance. While it’s true that most wearers probably won’t even come close to anything resembling 100m, I couldn’t help but wish that they would’ve just bumped the water resistance up to 200m, which is pretty standard on most replica watches you usually associate with ocean sports. If that would require the sacrifice of the exhibition caseback, though, it isn’t a tradeoff I’d want to see. The bezel has a deeply notched design and offers an aggressive look that matches with the chunky pushers and the black rubberized screw-down crown. The replica watch features both anti-reflective sapphire crystal and sapphire case-back.