The Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec, the brand’s first professional-grade divers’ watch, made its official debut at WatchTime’s “Inside Basel-Geneva” collectors’ event in 2013 and the line has expanded in the years since. Here’s what you should know about it.
The Patravi ScubaTec, which boasts a water-resistance of 500 meters, has a 44.6-mm-diameter case (the original, pictured here, in stainless steel; a gold version has debuted recently). The notched, unidirectional rotating bezel features a ceramic insert, indicating the first 15 minutes of dive time, in a bright blue color created exclusively for Carl F. Bucherer. The watch is definitely designed with professional divers in mind: the crown, decorated with the brand’s emblem, screws down securely and the sapphire crystal is nearly 4 mm thick. There is also an automatic helium valve in the side of the case, which protects the watch from damage from pressure changes when it is worn by a diver ascending and descending in a diving bell.
The black dial has a honeycomb-like pattern and a date window at 3 o’clock. The large hands and prominent hour markers are all coated with Super-LumiNova that glows light blue in the dark, aiding in underwater (or nighttime) legibility. On the back of the watch is a relief engraving of two rays, representing the undersea world of divers and sea life. The movement is CFB’s automatic Caliber CFB 1950.1, which has been certified by COSC as a chronometer and holds a power reserve of 38 hours. The ScubaTec, which comes on either a stainless steel bracelet with a divers’ extension or on a black rubber strap with blue highlight elements that match the color on the bezel. The rubber strap version retails for $6,400 and the bracelet version, for $6,800.
To find out what our dive watch expert Roger Ruegger thought about the ScubaTec, click here to read his hands-on review.
Thia article was originally published on September 19, 2013, and has been updated.