Bovet Sportster Saguaro Watches Hands-On

Bovet Sportster Saguaro Watches Hands-On

Bovet Sportster Saguaro Watches Hands-On Hands-On

There are certain watches that hold my interest over time. Often times, these are more rare models that you don't see too often. Yet, I wonder what they would be like having a place in my life. One such model is the Bovet Sportster Saguaro. The "cactus" version of the Bovet Sportster is larger and has some different design elements than its smaller brother. Being a Bovet these watches are pretty much typified by their "ribbon" style crown guard along with the crown and pushers being placed at the top of the case. You are supposed to believe the watches are more closely related to pocket watches this way, however, the can-style cases remind me more of canteens and I wanna take a big sip of watch parts.

Bovet Sportster Saguaro Watches Hands-On Hands-On

There is also the Sportster Saguaro Meteorite version of the watch that has a really nice Gibeon meteorite dial. I first wrote about the Bovet Sportster Saguaro Meteorite watches here. Bovet claims the space stones that make up the dial are something like 4 billion years old - that is pretty cool. These are my favorite Sportster watches because I really like how the meteorite gives a sort of organic feel to the otherwise composed case and design. You can get various meteorite stone stains such as silver, black, and gold. All the Sportster Saguaro watches are 46mm wide in really chunky looking cases. Like I said, these cases feel like hefty canisters, holding precious innards. The cases are thick and highly polished with a wide bezel. Though the design doesn't feel massive because of the single lug style, it is a rather clever way of making a larger watch feel not as large.

Bovet Sportster Saguaro Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Bovet Sportster Saguaro Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The ribbon style crown guard is a unique element which sometimes makes me think the Sportster Saguaro looks like one of those military pendants on a strap, on your wrist. Bovet offers no shortage of Sportster Saguaro case and dial styles. Pictured here are just a few of them. The cases are available in steel, 18k rose gold, as well as a few versions where PVD and gold are mixed to create some cool looks. Personally, I am a fan of black mixed with gold so these are some of my favorite models.

While Bovet does make movements, the Sportster models use Dubois Depraz automatic chronographs. I believe these are Valjoux 7750s with a big date module on them. The decoration on the movement is some of the best I've seen for a 7750 base, and the custom blued automatic rotor is attractive. As a sports watch, the Sportster Saguaro doesn't mess around. It is water resistant to 300 meters, has a sapphire crystal, comfy rubber strap, and as stated before, the case has a really thick and durable feel.

Bovet Sportster Saguaro Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Bovet Sportster Saguaro Watches Hands-On Hands-On

One neat feature I really like is how the curved flange ring on the outer dial is polished and done to match the case. This is also where the pulsometer scale is printed. Next to it is a tachymeter scale. Don't forget that (love it or hate it) you get Bovet's squiggly chronograph seconds hand. Sometimes, when I look at the dial, I like the hour and minute hands. Other times, I think I would like to see Bovet experiment with new hand designs.

On the wrist the Sportster Saguaro watches are pretty nice looking. The cases are heavy, but I like that sort of thing. These are pretty manly watches from an unlikely place. Bovet really walks two paths with its Asian market friendly fare as well as stuff for the rest of the world. Prices for the Bovet Sportster Saguaro watches range quite a bit. From about $15,000 - $30,000 I believe.

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  • kris c

    To each his own I guess, but I see nothing manly nor sporty about these. They are certainly unique and well finished, but I don;t know where one would fit into my rotation.

    And I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a ‘great’ colour combination on on of these, in any vintage.

  • Ulysses

    Definitely a watch that could grow on you with time. It’s certainly distinctive. The bull-head layout is cool and the simple cylindrical body lends an air of robustness. That wiggly hand and the big link at the top of the watch make it look a bit more feminine though, which spoils it somewhat.

  • Dangeruss

    aBtR has introduced me to this brand. I never knew they existed before your series of reviews of the brand’s offerings. If they advertise, it’s invisible. If they are available in the US, I’ve never seen one on display. I will add that it makes no difference to me though. I have yet to see a Bovet that makes me desire owning one. I like detailed watches, but these come across as fussy, baroque and a bit more of a womens watch that I’d ever consider wearing. You can count me in the wiggly seconds hand haters club.


    I’ve seen serpentine (squiggly) hands on other watches, sometimes serving as alarm watch pointers. Here again, another bloated creation, simply to appeal to affluent a**holes who need to waste chump change on chunky cheeseballs for their wrists.

    • Now I see why Bovet focuses a lot of their attention to the East. The population there seems to love squiggly stuff more.

  • Chris

    I like a lot of the Bovet details, but the pocket watch-style case really comes across as fussy and affected. It looks like something Oscar Wilde would wear, not that that’s a bad thing.

  • Seth

    I collect minerals and crystals, and have quite a few cut & polished Gibeon pieces. Since I got bitten by the watch bug, I’ve wanted a watch with a Gibeon face, but most (like this one, or the Omega, or Martin Braun) are VERY expensive. Earlier this year I got a pre-cut Gibeon face at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. I shipped it off to Lüm-Tec and they put it in an M23. It looks AWESOME, and the big, uncluttered face really showcases the Widmanstatten patterns.

    • I miss the Tucson Gem Show – used to go when I went to university out there. Would really like to see a pic of that special LUM-TEC with the meteorite dial.

  • maytham

    I find Bovet very unique, however what other watch makers it would it be compared to?And are metorites used in the making all Bovet watches?