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Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec Watch In Petrol Blue

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec Watch In Petrol Blue Watch Releases

Of all the Carl F. Bucherer collections, the Patravi TravelTec is definitely my favorite. The latest edition from one of the oldest family-owned Swiss watchmakers sees the watch dressed in a new, petrol-blue skin. The sophisticated colorway certainly suits this high-functioning traveler’s companion and retains the high-contrast legibility the previous versions with black dials were known for. The Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec in petrol blue is able to show the time in three time zones using a traditional time display, a 24-hour GMT hand, and an internal rotating bezel. The absence of an external bezel increases the dressiness of this piece, making it a very distinct alternative to the popular style of GMT watches like the Rolex GMT Master II or the Tudor Black Bay Pelagos.

In addition to displaying three time zones, the Patravi TravelTec also boasts a chronograph function. A 30-minute counter can be seen at 9 o’clock, while a 12-hour register resides at 6. The going seconds sub-dial is located at 3 o’clock, which means the magnified date window is shunted to between 4 and 5 o’clock.

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec Watch In Petrol Blue Watch Releases

The most obvious update here is the color, with a blue ceramic bezel (which the marketing material tells us is suitable for the summer, thanks to it being cool to the touch — rejoice) stealing the show. The watch retains the same dial layout as previous iterations, which differs from the TravelTec II that places the “East/West” printing on the dial at 6 o’clock instead of  12, reducing the available space for the chronograph hour counter, which has to be shrunk.

Thanks to the TravelTec’s robust 46.6mm diameter, none of this information appears cramped or cluttered, and the sweet cut-out hands mean that very little of the dial is obscured by them, despite their decent legibility. The COSC certified chronometer movement guarantees the high-precision of the in-house CFB 1901.1 automatic movement, meaning that not only can you read the information clearly, but it’s also very likely to be accurate, too — which is exactly what you’d expect when you’re spending five-figures on a high-tech timepiece).

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec Watch In Petrol Blue Watch Releases

The automatic CFB 1901.1 caliber has a 28.6mm diameter, 7.3mm height, 39 jewels, and a power reserve of 42 hours. The cased-up height of the Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec (ref. 00.10620.23.53.01) is 15.5mm, meaning the watch will be quite tall on the wrist. Unfortunately, as with many travelers’ watches, the TravelTec is only water-resistant to 50 meters. Although it is much more a watch for the departure lounge than it is the poolside, it always seems a little bit of a shame to me that diving straight from a private jet into a jacuzzi is not a good idea if you want your travel timer to keeping ticking (sigh).


On the plus side, if you do get this watch wet, the strap won’t mind one jot. The Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec in petrol blue is fitted with a blue rubber strap with contrast stitching and a folding clasp in stainless steel. This chromatic update to one of Carl F. Bucherer’s most impressive collections has a surprising retail price of $10,900, which is the same as the bare steel version. Learn more at

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  • Jan-Paul

    You mean the Tudor Black Bay GMT I guess?
    If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck (and has a rubber strap) it should swim like a duck. A sports watch should at least have 100m WR.

  • Alex A

    Love it!

  • H.S.M.

    Blue meh…
    If you go down the road of putting gazillion things into it, add colours as well.

  • What fresh hell is this?

    That is so cramped

  • all74

    Carl F Bucherer watches are really hit-or-miss for me. I love the Manero line, but the whole Patravi line, including this one, does absolutely nothing for me and feels out of place against the Maneros.

  • BadgerHeel

    I think it is a reasonable-looking watch (although I am not a fan of how they made the date window either), but still can’t understand why something being marketed as a travel watch can’t even go into a pool. Who wants to leave their watch in a hotel safe while they go to the beach or pool?

    In this category (GMT chronograph), it is too much to ask for a modestly-sized case, decent WR, and the ability to be worn in both casual and dressy situations?

  • Sheez Gagoo

    The date window doesn’t cut anything, they just putted a cyclopsloupe on the glass. The worst datewindow could be seen on that lady Patek from a few days.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Well, whatever they have done, it looks awful. I agree that PP window really is terrible. You wonder what they were thinking.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        I think, they used a big movement in a tiny watch.

  • seoulseeker

    Looks like a $300 citizen

  • lftwgr

    Agreed, looks like a Seiko Astron or one of the Citizen GPS-enabled chronos…

  • Simonh

    The picture resting on the newspaper looks really hard to see the hands, not good!

  • Jon Heinz

    Talk about under the radar. What goes into it is quite worthy, it’s just that it’s in a department store watch disguise. Cool stealth wealth piece, but the price is just a little shy of what a 5513 from my birth year would cost me, so yah.

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