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The Watch Gallery has the pleasure of introducing luxury Swiss retailer Bucherer to the UK. After a recent acquisition we are now proud to be part of the Bucherer family. With 130 years of watch expertise, your Swiss watch purchases will be courtesy of Europe’s leading Swiss watch retailer.

Bucherer combine their strong passion for watches, impeccable hospitality and brand relationships straight from Lucerne - the heart of Switzerland.
U-Boat was founded in 1942 out of necessity, with founder, Ilvo Fontana, commissioned by the Italian Navy to create new timepieces specifically for its pilots.


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U-Boat Classico Stainless Steel Automatic Diamond Black Dial Ladies Watch 6950

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U-Boat Chimera 46 Chronograph Automatic Mens Watch 7475

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To this day, U-Boat pays due reference to Fontana by continuing to produce well-engineered timepieces inspired by the Italian design of Italy's finest master craftsman.


Original U-BOAT designer Ilvo Fontana was commissioned by the Italian Government in 1942 to design a watch for use by pilots of the Italian navy. His plan was to produce a watch with an emphasis on high visibility, as he knew the pilots would encounter low light and bad weather conditions.

Unfortunately his dream was never realised and the designs lost, until in the year 2000 Ilvo’s grandson Italo decided to develop the U-BOAT watch as a tribute to his grandfather. Though based on the original designs, slight alterations have been made to make U-BOAT as we know it today; namely large, sturdy watches with bold designs.

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