This year, for its 125th anniversary, Carl F. Bucherer added a piece that was missing in the company’s puzzle. The very first Carl F. Bucherer’s dive watch, the ScubaTech, was recently presented as a part of the famous Patravi family.
The Patravi ScubaTec timepiece is constructed to withstand water pressure of an amazing 500 meters (about 1,640 feet). It is housed in a sporty, stainless steel case which measures 44.6mm in diameter and 13.45mm in thickness. Its masculine case features a notched, unidirectional bezel with a ceramic insert which indicates the first 15 minutes of dive time in a blue color.
The Carl F. Bucherer’s first professional-grade diving watch was designed with professional divers in mind. Firstly, the rigged crown, encrusted with the Bucherer’s logo, screws down securely between two crown guards. The crown is made of steel with blue and black ceramic inlays and matches perfectly with the bezel.
Secondly, the sapphire crystal that protects the watch is almost 4mm thick. This diving watch also comes with an automatic helium valve in the side of the case, which keeps the watch safe from damage which can be caused from pressure changes.
The watch features a simple and legible black dial with a wave-like pattern. A black-on-white date window is located at the 3 o’clock position. The large hands and hour markers are coated with Super-Luminova that glows light blue in the dark, thus providing perfect legibility even in murky waters or in nighttime diving.
If you look carefully, you will notice that hour markers are not the same.
At the quarter hour positions (3, 6, 9 and 12) there are raised indices, while wedge-shaped markers are placed elsewhere. For upwards orientation, the manufacturer set a double application at the 12 o’clock position. The case back of the new Patravi ScubaTec features a relief engraving of two manta rays, depicting the undersea world of divers and sea life.
This newcomer is equipped with the caliber CFB 1950.1 automatic movement which provides no less than 38 hours of power reserve. The impeccable mechanism has been certified by COSC as a chronometer. It measures 26.2mm in diameter and 4.6mm (or 4.8mm) in thickness.
Carl F. Bucherer has offered two versions of the ScubaTec. The first one (ref. 00.106188.8.131.52) comes with a stainless steel bracelet with a divers’ extension mechanism, while the second one (ref.00.10632.23.33.01) is secured to the wrist with a black rubber strap with blue highlight elements that sport the color on the bezel. The rubber strap model is priced $6,400, whereas the bracelet version can be purchased for $6,800.