UNDONE will be familiar to many who regularly follow Watchuseek.
The Hong Kong brand has built an excellent reputation for producing their own fully customizable carefully considered interpretations of watch classics, and selling them at highly competitive prices.
Of course, this is not to be confused with the famed Breguet Type XX Aéronavale watch, which will set you back US$13,000 or more. The Breguet Type XX remains a highly desirable collector piece, with no dip in popularity or value since the watch revival began in the 1980s.
The original Type XX began as standard-issue equipment for the French Air Force and Naval Aviation personnel in the 1950s. It became one of the most popular pilot watches of the post-WWII period, a time often coined as the “golden age” of mechanical watches.
UNDONE TYPE XX
The UNDONE Type XX is a new affordable piece from UNDONE that pays tribute to the gallantry of WWII fighter pilots and their high-precision instruments. Its timing is excellent too, being launched in the same month as the D-Day landings 75 years ago.
It’s the only highly customizable aviation-inspired watch on the market for under US$500. Part of UNDONE’s best-selling Urban collection, which includes models that are both retro and contemporary, the UNDONE Type XX is refined, with twin ‘big eye’ sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’ clock and an oversized diamond crown; another nod to a pilot’s watch, designed to help pilots set the time even while wearing thick leather gloves.
UNDONE’s new sweeping chrono second-hand introduces a fresh look complete with an arrow at the tip, a detail faithful to vintage military watches.
THREE STYLES TO CHOOSE FROM
The Type XX Collection from left to right: Type XX ‘Panda’ ,Type XX ‘Classic’, and Type XX ‘Special Edition’
Classic and Panda models are priced at US$315, but in addition to the aesthetics of a bygone era, you can still opt for UNDONE’s extensive customization options.
Type XX “Panda” with a white background, black numerals, and black sub-dials
Type XX “Classic” with a black background and vintage lumed numerals
Hands for the “Classic” and “Panda” are either white or black; the 20mm strap options include 14 different choices of materials, textures or colors.
UNDONE TYPE XX SPECIAL EDITION
Undone Type XX Special Edition
Limited to just 150 pieces, the “Special Edition” is a contemporary interpretation of the original watch, set in a black case, displaying a black background with light blue numerals and white subdials, which, along with the white hands, glow blue instead of the traditional green. The Special Edition comes on a black NATO strap. The US$350 price tag also includes an additional black NATO strap.
The UNDONE Type XX is powered by the highly reliable Seiko mecha-quartz VK64 hybrid movement with a mechanical 60-minute chronograph combined with a quartz timing module for precision.
Its case width measures 41.8mm excluding the crown and is 12.1mm thick including the hardened domed K1 crystal. Initials can be added onto the Type XX at the 12 o’clock position. The case-back is also customizable with glass, engravings, and prints.
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Type XX will be released on UNDONE on June 19th and begins shipping early July 2019.