Good news for fans of Carl F. Bucherer’s Patravi ScubaTec Manta Trust and Black Manta Editions who loved those watches’ dark colorways and their environmentalist bonafides but didn’t necessarily want illustrations of manta rays on their watch’s dial. In April, the Lucerne-based firm will launch the Patravi ScubaTec Black, which offers all the attributes of its predecessors, including sustainably sourced straps, in a new deep-black package with the traditional ScubaTec fish-scale-motif dial.
The latest member of the Patravi ScubaTec family, which is not a limited edition, presents itself in a 44.6-mm titanium case with a matte black DLC coating. The unidirectional rotating dive-scale bezel is made of the same substance, along with a scratch-resistant black ceramic insert. The textured black dial, minus the bronze-colored manta rays of the Black Manta Edition, hosts indices amply coated with blue-tinted Super-LumiNova, a substance also applied to the hour and minute hand and the tip of the central seconds hand. The date appears in a window at 3 o’clock, and an automatic helium release valve in the side of the case protects the watch from damage from pressure changes when it is worn inside a diving bell. The screw-down crown and the thick sapphire crystal over the dial help ensure the watch an impressive water resistance of 500 meters.
The timepiece is powered by Carl F. Bucherer’s Caliber CFB 1950.1 caliber, a 25-jewel automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve. Its high level of precision has earned it official chronometer certification from the Contrôle Officiel Suisse de Chronomètres (COSC), as attested to by the certificate that comes with each watch. The movement, as in most other ScubaTec models, ticks behind a solid caseback, here made of DLC-coated titanium with relief-engraved manta rays. The watch is mounted on a black rubber strap with a textile inlay made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles removed from the ocean — a statement of sustainability and ocean awareness that springs from Carl F. Bucherer’s longtime partnership with the Manta Trust, a charity committed to protecting and ensuring the survival of endangered manta rays. (A standard black rubber strap is also available.) The watch fastens to the wrist with a folding clasp made of black DLC titanium.
The Patravi ScubaTec Black will retail for $7,200.