Ulysse Nardin Monaco Marine Diver Limited Edition 2010

Ulysse Nardin is again (2nd year) the official sponsor of the 2010 Monaco Yacht Show, one of UN Chief Rolf Schnyder’s favorite soirees.  This year is the 20th anniversary of the superyacht show (there’s still time!  September 22-25 at Port Hercules) and so UN decided to put out a limited edition “Monaco” watch based on its Marine collection.

Wide angle view of the 2009 Monaco Yacht Show

At first glance of the images I was a little disappointed in this watch.  Yes, it is a limited and individually numbered series (better than I can seem to say for some of IWC’s LE’s these days), but is this just another color change?  Well, kinda sorta but not exactly.  UN did a bit more — the case is specially treated and coated in vulcanized rubber.  Interesting, but definitely have to see this one in person to get a feel for it, though.  I wonder how something like this would hold up to nicks/dings/bumps that might be encountered while out on the high seas.  UN is not the first to rubberize their cases (Corum and others, if I recall, have similar watches).  Even with this “special” case, the watch really isn’t much more exciting that other Ulysse Nardin Marine watches.  What do you think of it?

Ulysse Nardin Monaco Marine Diver Limited Edition 2010

45.8mm rubberized case, rubber strap with black ceramic folding clasp

specially marked rotor (*yawn*)

UN Chief Rolf Schnyder hanging with HRH Prince Albert II