U-Boat luxury watches by Italo Fontana are precision watches that are handcrafted in Italy. They were originally designed in 1942 for U-boat officers and Italian Air Force pilots and were intended to be easy to read but hard to destroy. Italo Fontana’s grandfather, Ilvo Fontana was asked by the Italian Navy to create a watch that was large enough to be seen under any light or weather condition, but the order was never finalized. The designs were kept in the family for over 60 years. In the year 2000, Italo Fontana used the designs to launch these incredible luxury watches. The company began a meteoric rise to popularity in 2002, especially for people interested in military-type watches because of their strength and bold designs.
The distinguishing features common to all U-BOAT collections are their quality, the materials selected, the craftsmanship involved in their construction and the “Made in Italy” factor. Boasting Swiss movements, all the watches are produced one by one and assembled by craftsmen at the brand’s headquarters in Lucca, Tuscany, the homeland of Italo and U-Boat. The majority of U-Boat pieces use advanced and unusual techniques and materials, acid baths, carbon fibre, etc. All materials interest Italo, from classic steel to titanium, tungsten, carbon, bronze, gold, silver and ceramic. Italo loves to try things out without being influenced by the market. Italo Fontana also has a perfect understanding of the meaning of innovation. Whether by introducing new ideas, devices and methods, or by translating ideas or inventions into systems and mechanisms, he consistently creates value for customers.
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