With the holidays upon us, we embark on the best watch of the week picks from now through the end of December, wherein we will profile a watch that will make a great gift for those seeking something special.
This week, we bring you the Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec. This superb Swiss watch is the brand’s first professional divers’ watch – and it was worth the wait. Water resistant to 500 meters, the watch design – down to every detail – is inspired by the sea. It is crafted in stainless steel with a unidirectional rotating bezel with ceramic insert that indicates the first 15 minutes of dive time in a bright blue hue that was developed exclusively for the brand.
The 44.6 mm Patravi ScubaTec is designed for true function. The crown screws down for ultimate water resistance and the crystal is extra thick at 4mm. The timepiece is also equipped with an automatic helium escape valve to protect the watch from damages as the underwater pressure changes with ascent and descent. Recognizing the need to see time at a glance, the watch experts at Carl F. Bucherer have opted for a black dial (with date window at 3:00) against which large Super-LumiNova hands and hour markers glow light blue in the dark or under water. The watch caseback is engraved with two swimming manta rays to represent the under-the-water world of sea life and divers.
The entire full-form, full-function Best Watch for guys who dive is powered by the in-house-made Carl F. Bucherer automatic Caliber CFB 1950.1 – a COSC-certified chronometer. The watch offers 38 hours of power reserve. The sharp Patravi ScubaTec is available on a stainless steel bracelet with extension for wear over a wet suite, or with a black rubber strap with blue accents. It retails for an amazing price of $6,400 on strap and $6,800 on bracelet.