Introduced in 2019, the UNDONE Type 20 watch model pays homage to the gallantry of fighter pilots and their high-precision instruments. Type 20 belongs to UNDONE’s best-selling Urban collection, which offers timepieces that incorporate both retro and modern designs, ranging from suave to street-smart.
The original Type 20 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 in the post-WWII period, a time often dubbed as the “golden age” of mechanical watches. UNDONE are proud to bring consumers a current, customizable recreation of the Type 20.
UNDONE’s Type 20 boasts a well-balanced body that features two iconic, oversized “big eye” sub-dials, presented in a brushed and polished 316L stainless steel case. Its “coin” bezel and large “diamond” crown also hark back to the glory days, when they gave added tactile benefit to pilots wearing thick leather gloves. Its new, sweeping chrono second hand is a fresh look for UNDONE – it is subtly ornamented with an arrow at the end, a detail reminiscent of old military watches.
The Type 20 collection marries the aesthetics of a bygone era with UNDONE’s exemplary customization options. Type 20 has three pre-set designs: Classic, Panda and Special Edition.
The Type 20 “Classic” dial is black with vintage lumed numerals. The Type 20 “Panda” dial is white, with black numerals and black sub-dials. Hands for both the “Classic” and “Panda” come in black or white, while the 20mm strap options are more varied, with 15 different picks of materials, textures or colors.
Limited to 150 pieces, the Type 20 “Special Edition” is a contemporary interpretation of the original watch. Set in a black case, it displays a black dial background with light blue numerals and white sub-dials, which, along with its white hands, glow blue instead of the traditional green. This model comes with two black straps, in Cordura and NATO styles.
The nostalgic navigator’s watch is powered by a mecha-quartz Seiko VK64 hybrid movement, with a mechanical 60-minute sweeping chronograph fly-back reset: the elegance of a mechanical coupled with the reliability and precision of a quartz calibre.
Its case width measures 41.5mm excluding the crown, and is 12.1mm thick including the hardened domed K1 crystal. Initials can be added onto the Type 20 at the 12 o’clock position, and, typical of UNDONE timepieces, casebacks are customizable with glass, engravings and prints.
Retail price is US$ 289.
Model: UNDONE Type 20
Japanese TMI VK64 Mechanical-Quartz Hybrid Flyback Chronograph
316L Stainless Steel case
Diameter: 41.5mm excl. crown
Thickness: 12.5mm incl. crystal
Lug width: 20mm
Glass: Hardened Domed K1 Crystal
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 Meters
Classic: Black dial
Panda: White dial with black counters
Special Edition: Black dial with white counters and blue numerals