Ulysse Nardin Caliber UN118

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Manufacturer Ulysse Nardin
Caliber Number UN118, UN-118
In-House? Yes
Lignes 11.5”’
Vibrations Per Hour 28,800 bph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve 60 hours
Jewel Count
50
COSC? Yes
Hacking Seconds?
Yes
Functions Central hours; central minutes; small seconds at 6:00; date at 6:00; power reserve indicator at 12:00
Other Features Forward and backward date corrector
Country of Manufacture Switzerland
Known Models
Marine Chronometer, 1186-122, 1185-122, 1183-122

The Ulysse Nardin caliber UN118 is a Swiss made automatic watch movement with 50 jewels. This movement is found in some UN Marine Chronometer models and features a power reserve indicator, as well as a small seconds and date.

You may see this caliber written as UN118 or UN-118. It seems that even Ulysse Nardin can’t make up their minds. In the photo above (taken by Caliber Corner at the UN Baselworld booth), the movement itself is stamped UN118, but the acrylic holder was marked UN-118.

In Ulysse Nardin’s own words:

“With the introduction of its new Caliber 118, Ulysse Nardin proves again its leadership in the innovative use of avant-garde materials in the watch industry.

Caliber 118 follows in the footsteps of Ulysse Nardin’s Caliber 66/67 Sonata, the first timepiece conceived and manufactured in house and Anniversary Caliber 160, but takes innovation in movement technology a further giant step forward.

The escapement of Caliber 118 is produced in collaboration between Ulysse Nardin and Sigatec in Sion, Switzerland.

DIAMonSIL is a revolutionary alliance of silicium and man-made diamond. It is an extremely light but hard material that eliminates friction and removes the need for lubrication of the escapement – the watchmaker’s holy grail.

Sigatec is the only company in the world capable of producing high-precision components both in Silicium and DIAMonSIL; a nanotechnology which has taken many years to develop.Caliber 118 will be the first member of a family of movements with an in-house-produced and patented DIAMonSIL escapement together with the in-house-produced oscillator adjustable with four screws and fitted with a silicium 1.1.1 hairspring. This oscillator, patented in 2007, was first put on the market in the Sonata Silicium in March 2008.

“Our policy to develop movement technology in-house enables Ulysse Nardin to master its own quality,” says the president and CEO of Ulysse Nardin, Rolf W. Schnyder. “Ulysse Nardin is committed to innovations that move the industry forward and in the creation of mechanical timepieces which will become the heirlooms for future generations.”

The Caliber 118 also features a 60-hour power reserve and its own date-corrector, allowing forward and backward settings in seconds.” (Source: https://www.ulysse-nardin.com/row_en/en/swiss_watch_manufacturer/News___Events/Novelties/Ulysse_Nardin_unveils_the_new_caliber_UN-118.html)

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Nik
Nik
5 years ago

Hello,

The movement shows good consistency on the meter. I wear it 24hrs and during day time (regular and normal movements from my side), it slows down 4-5 seconds a day which amounts to c. 2.5 mins. I wonder why? If anyone has any ideas please let me know.

Thanks
Nik

Paul
Paul
5 years ago

Garbage watches. Brand new maxi marine with this movement, failed twice, replacee watch the first time and 1200 repair the second (they claimed it was dropped). Not a real watchmaker. Fashion watches in my opinion.

Torneauy
Torneauy
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Who is a ‘real’ watchmaker?

Frederik Drost
Frederik Drost
3 years ago
Reply to  Paul

They used to make REAl marine chronometers and were REALLY good at it !

Soberguy
Soberguy
11 months ago
Reply to  Paul

I had a 2020 two tone,brown and gold dial marine chronometer. Beautiful watch, lots of gold, great timekeeping. Loved the features and the deployant clasp. However, it wore a little top heavy. Next time I would get steel or titanium. No problems ever. Tons of bang for the buck. $6800 new.($12,800 list).

Neil
Neil
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Not a real watchmaker ??????
What planet are you on
Jeeeeez

paul
paul
2 months ago
Reply to  Neil

Just my personal experience with 2 brand new watches both failing within months. out of 25+ timepieces in my collection, first time had such a problem. Ive had chroniswiss fail and Zenith, but 10-15 year old pieces, not brand new out the box like UN.

Neil
Neil
2 months ago
Reply to  paul

Fair enough Paul but to say they are not a real watchmaker when they are one of the original watchmakers and supplied such comfort to the Marine world is a poor comment. I can see you are unhappy. That’s fair enough.

Take Care fella

Corbin James
Corbin James
2 months ago
Reply to  Neil

+1 @Neil, you’re right to the core. 🙂

Gjnishio
Gjnishio
3 years ago

This information is very helpful and allows me to make a more informed decision.

Corbin James
Corbin James
2 months ago
Reply to  calibercorner

@CaliberCorner, as Gjnishio pointed out too, yours is a class A info-site

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