It’s been 12 years since the first Nautilo dive watch was developed by Dino Zei, naval engineer and former 25-year head of Panerai, and a couple of new editions have arrived for the summer. The theme this year is blue, which is fitting for a naval-inspired dive watch, and they follow the design refresh we saw last year in conjunction with Anonimo’s 20th Anniversary. The Italian brand has been fairly consistent with its cushion case designs for the Nautilo line with crowns at 4 o’clock, but the dials have evolved over time. The summer editions bring colour changes to the dials with new ceramic bezels but maintain the no-nonsense diver’s tool aesthetic from previous generations.
The stainless steel cushion case is fairly large at 44.4mm, but not over-the-top for a diver and it wears well for a larger case. Looking at Panerai with many of its cases at 47mm and larger, the Nautilo seems almost reasonably sized. Anonimo has used bronze for Nautilo cases in the past, but the steel contrasts nicely with the blue dials this year. A long crown guard descends from the top right side of the case, stopping at the top of the crown. It’s an interesting design as the bottom half of the crown is unprotected. There is a slightly domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and the screw-down caseback is steel. The watches are water-resistant to 200m.
The first new summer edition has a navy-blue sunray dial with a black ceramic insert in the unidirectional, fluted bezel. The dial has the new double markers at 12, 4 and 8 o’clock that form the brand’s signature triangle that we saw last year. The date is again at 6 o’clock and doesn’t interfere with the round marker below. The indices, hour and minute hands are treated with Super-LumiNova®, as is the tip of the seconds hand with Anonimo’s triangle logo as the counterweight. The bezel has a 15-minute detailed scale and the 20 and 40-minute marks have numerals, forming another triangle with the top marker that matches the dial. It’s a nice attention to detail. The second new edition (not photographed here) has a matte blue dial and matching blue bezel. The only other visual difference is a red triangle as the counterweight on the seconds hand. It remains silver on the first.
The movements for both are a Swiss-made Sellita SW200-1 automatic with a 38-hour power reserve. It’s a clone of the ETA 2824 calibre but is comparable and a proven workhorse. It has 26 jewels, beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) and has hours, minutes, central seconds and date complication.
The model with the navy-blue sunray dial comes with a blue Italian calf leather strap, while the matte blue model has a brown leather strap. Both sell for an approachable CHF 2,150 and are available at Anonimo’s website.