Welder watches are from the same design house as the prestigious U-Boat watches having both been created by Italian designer Italo Fontana, but instead of having price tags into the thousands like their cousins at U-Boat, they fit into a much more humble price range.
They have many of the design features that have made U-Boat so popular and so well respected, but they not only come at a much cheaper price, but they also offer a more youthful look and a more modern feel. The design spec originally set out for Welder, was that space-time travel would be a possibility in 2075, so with a vision of that date in mind, Fontana set out creating watches that would reflect the era.
The Welder name was thought up to symbolise the joining together of the past and future, which can be seen in the designs that feature ultra modern features but with a classic look. It seems more likely however, that the welding together of prestige style and value which seems like a more appropriate combination.
The K22 range is at the lower end of the price spectrum, starting at £360. But they don’t just offer the oversized dial and large metallic casing like the rest of the Welder watches, they also offer an injection of colour that you just don’t get from U-Boat. Yellow, green, orange, blue and white rubber straps are available to choose between, with each watch matching the strap colour with its numerical display that contrasts to the crisp white dials.
Colour is a consistent theme throughout the range of Welder watches, with many of the designs, like the K24 range featuring bright and bold highlight colours on black dials. If bright colours aren’t what you’re looking for though, there are plenty of more subtle colour schemes, with some of the watches having monochrome designs, some black, with metallic casing and some featuring classic U-Boat style cream dials.
Whether you go for one of the more colourful watches or one with a more subtle design, one thing is guaranteed, your watch will look a lot more expensive and prestigious than the price you paid for it suggests. Using many of the same components and design features as their more luxurious cousins, Welder watches can offer the younger men in the market for a prestige watch a whole new option for a great price.
Written by Chris – Blogger for The Watch Hut