If it’s a timepiece with a touch of visual gravitas to it, UNDONE should always be one of the first watchmakers you think of and it’s because of awesome releases like this UNDONE x Popeye Watch that this is the case. Popeye is the world’s most popular, wisecracking sailor and may be
“strong to the finish,” but he shows no signs of nearing the finish line any time soon and is now set to make a comeback courtesy of this visually vibrant timepiece from the team at UNDONE.
Available for the brilliant price of £339, the UNDONE x Popeye Watch is a steal in our opinion here at Coolector HQ given its unique aesthetics, first class materials and top notch craftsmanship – all of which combine to deliver a knockout punch Popeye himself would be proud of. This latest release has an appreciation for the Marine Nationale’s (The French National Navy) influence on the design language military dive watches, with a splash of nostalgia for history’s favourite cartoon sailor man, Popeye.
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Undoubtedly one of the most iconic characters to have graced our TV screens, Popeye is instantly recognisable the world over and serves as the perfect focal point of this striking timepiece from UNDONE. It boasts an exuberant yet functional design flourish, which is dedicated to the spinach lovers and horological enthusiasts out there. Each design is limited to 300 pieces only worldwide so if you’ve a penchant for Popeye, you’ll need to move quickly to secure one for your wrist.
The UNDONE x Popeye Watch (£339) is available in a couple of different iterations – namely, ‘El Capitan’ and ‘The Sailorman’ – and they both have their visual quirks and intricacies that sets them apart from one another. The ‘El Capitan’ is a playful, modern take on the original classic dive watch. Witnessed in its navy blue colour-way, striking block-shaped indices and beige diver function numerals, it encapsulates the ultimate homage to the timeless wristwatches used by mariners in the 1950s-1970s.
Moving on to ‘The Sailorman’, the Popeye inspired awesomeness continues apace. This brilliant looking watch from UNDONE boasts a distinctive parachute braided strap which is a colourful, whimsical recreation of the Marine Nationale strap seen on vintage dive watches. Cleverly combining Popeye’s iconic red and black colour scheme into the historical design provides an intricate aesthetic that horology fans will love.
Pleasingly robust, the El Capitan and The Sailorman have a 316L stainless steel case, with the latter coated in satin black PVD. The case measures in at 40mm diameter and 48mm lug-to-lug, with the height coming in at 15mm from the case back to the top of the double-domed Lexan Polycarbonate crystal, delivering an impressive and curvaceous side profile.
The bi-directional rotating bezel of the UNDONE x Popeye Watch uses a K1 glass insert, as a nod to the vintage divers of yesteryear. The 100m water resistance is ensured by the screw-down red-tinted, glass caseback, allowing for professional diving adventures. Each one of these brilliantly inventive watches from UNDONE comes in innovative, Spinach tin-can style packaging for both El Capitan and The Sailorman which offers a last-minute ‘fresh’ inspiration that comes in handy for you all your daily undertakings.