Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec Dive Watch Hands-On

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec Dive Watch Hands-On

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec Dive Watch Hands On   hands on

High-end watch brand Carl F. Bucherer is of course part of the larger Bucherer family that includes the major Swiss watch retailer. Like many modern brands trying to appeal to a diverse set of potential customers, they might come out with a new classic tourbillon and diver in the same year. In fact that is exactly what they have done. We recently reported on Carl F. Bucherer's first tourbillon with a hands-on look at the new Manero Tourbillon here. Now for a diver with the Patravi ScubaTec.

The details of the Patravi ScubaTec will show you that it isn't trying to be the next best thing in dive watch technology nor an attempt to include some new complication in a dive watch that no one has needed until now, and still won't need tomorrow. The way we see the Patravi ScubaTec is a sort of high-end interpretation of the highly popular "indy diver" watch. That means Carl F. Bucherer seems to be taking a lot of what people like and are adding their own spin on it in creating a beefy, modern looking sport watch that has legit diving potential and is something you can easily beat up a bit.

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec Dive Watch Hands On   hands on

At 44.6mm wide with strong lugs, this is a large watch, though at just 13.45mm thick it isn't terribly tall for a diver. The steel case is classic in its composure but designed with a lot of straight lines and angles that point to a more contemporary creation. This is not just another retro diver. That is getting to be a crowded market. It is really about having luxury detailing on what is essentially a fun sport watch. I do feel as though the debut version is a bit limited style-wise as they could have come out with more color options, but if you love blue and black you'll love the ScubaTec.

Speaking of the name, "ScubaTec" is clearly an extension of "TravelTec," which is another (more complicated) piece in the Patravi collection. The ScubaTec is more simple of course, but that is sort of the point. In fact, the entire idea of a dive watch is to be durable, easy to read, and dependable. The Patravi ScubaTec is all of this, but so are a lot of other watches that are a lot less expensive. Aside from some of the complex design elements such as the case and parts of the dial, pretty much all the functional elements of a watch like this are available on a $1,000 watch. So while this is a handsome diver, it sort of feels as though Carl F. Bucherer should have upped the ante a bit. That perhaps could have been in the form of a unique feature such as including their in-house A1000 automatic movement.

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec Dive Watch Hands On   hands on

13 comments
Ayreonaut
Ayreonaut

Like the case and bracelet.  Don't like the phallic hands and indices.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

I like it. It hits all the right design and execution notes up and down the scale. A nice interpretation of a well established motif.

Looks like worthy competition for those about to 'pull the trigger' on something by the big "R" or the slightly smaller "O". (Rolex & Omega)

Price complaints are to be expected from comparison shoppers; but this is in a quite different league. Frankly, those shopping for something under the CFB marque are those with a familiarity with the marque and a knowledge of the quality and price range going into the deal.

Good review of a welcome addition.

...now about that damn HEV inclusion.....

spiceballs
spiceballs

As written already, nice enough but perhaps too high a price for much the same one can get for less elsewhere

CG
CG

Still like my Helson Jolly Roger better but it does have a largeness in design that is appealing...  it does have some nicely executed details. way too much money for what it be...

Jus_ad_bellum
Jus_ad_bellum

that's just a nicely coloured penis extender for the balding fat men who aren't getting enough oomph out of owning a porsche cayenne "check out this watch baby, wanna know how much I paid for this?"

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

It's nice, but you can get a far more interesting dive watch from UTS for that or less.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

Watch you back Festina watch-in-a-bag, there's a new bad boy in town! These two can fight it out in my inflatable pool--at the shallow end, reserved for watches that cost/look like they cost less than 200$...

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I like the faceted and hard-edged design.  It's modern and masculine.  The dial, hands and bezel though are not quite perfect.  It looks like a diver made by one of the many new watch companies based out of HK or Taiwan, but priced at a level of something far superior.  You could get a more attractive diver for a quarter of the price from one of these newer companies.  Bucherer's name doesn't justify the expense here.

Jus_ad_bellum
Jus_ad_bellum

@DG Cayse oh my god do you work for them or something? HEV for what, when the owner goes really deep washing dishes?

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Jus_ad_bellum And here I thought that was the Rolex marketing strategy. Maybe it will work for both brands.

Snow1
Snow1

@DG Cayse @Jus_ad_bellum just because you own the watch/work for the company/sell the watch doesn't mean you need to rag on people who don't like it on the internet.  for $6500 you can do so much better than this.  This leads to the question of what type of person buys this watch, which leads to the likely accurate speculation of Jus_ad_bellum.  good day.  

Jus_ad_bellum
Jus_ad_bellum

@DG Cayse well aren't you just a peach. The watch is all flash and no substance. My analogy is on point. You're welcome to engage in projecting your personal issues onto others somewhere else.

Trackbacks

  1. […] First up, we’ve got Ariel’s review (over on aBlogtoWatch) of Carl F. Bucherer’s new diver, the Patravi ScuvaTec.  While Ariel liked this beefy take on the dive category, he feels CFB could’ve uppped the ante a bit with their design.  Where he did think it really excels is in the dial, as its a master of legibility.  If you’re looking for a luxury diver, you owe it to yourself to check out the review.  source […]

  2. […] Während ich hierzulande ja immer noch drauf warte, die neue Patravi ScubaTec (siehe auch Beitrag hier) von Carl F. Bucherer für einen persönlichen Augenschein in der Auslage zu finden, konnte Ariel von ablogtowatch.com bereits Hand anlegen. Bilder und Eindrücke davon gibt’s hier: Link […]