Inspired by the legendary California dial military diving watches of the WWII era, UNDONE has created the Basecamp Cali watch. At almost a century old, the peculiar design is still distinguishable by the unchanged half Arabic – half Roman numerical layout.
Quartered by horizontal markers and a triangle; laid on thick for ease of application and higher legibility, this design has been highly sought-after by the watch connoisseurs who prefer a more esoteric, vintage twist.
At a glance this dial will appear the typical California design, highly legible, slightly barmy and eclectic. However, catch it in the right lighting and the blank area reveals an intricate, waffle pattern typically found on dress watches; fine lines that allow the light to explore deeper and bring an added dimension to the dial.
The Basecamp Cali watch is available in Olive Green, Ebony Black and Blue dial versions. The default configuration will ship with the classic Mercedes hour and sword minutes handset and in true UNDONE style, users will be able to customize this to suit.
The UNDONE Basecamp Cali automatic watch features a 316L stainless steel case; circular brushed on top and polished along the sides and chamfers. The case measures in at 40mm diameter, 48mm lug-to-lug and 20mm strap width. Height comes in at 15mm from case back to the top of the double-domed Lexan Polycarbonate crystal; which gives it that curvaceous side profile.
The smooth-rotating bezel uses a K1 glass insert; an upgrade from the original Plexiglass, adding more depth and durability without forfeiting the vintage feel.
Powering the Basecamp Cali is the tried and trusted SII NH35A self-winding hackable movement, which displays time in a three-hand format.
As part of the continuous upgrade of components and materials, Basecamp has been rated at 100m water resistance with the inside protected by a screw down case back and crown; both octagonal in design for added grip and giving the watch subtle, angular definitions.
Retail price the UNDONE Basecamp Cali watch is $315 USD (excluding personalization).
Japanese TMI NH35A Automatic Winding Mechanism
316L Stainless Steel
Width: 40mm excl. crown
Thickness: 15mm incl. crystal
Lug width: 20mm
LEXAN Polycarbonate glass
Water resistance: 10 Bar / 100 Meters