Patravi ScubaTec – a new diver by Carl F. Bucherer

The latest addition to the Patravi collection from Carl F. Bucherer is a sporty divers’ watch that’s highly capable and professional, but also doesn’t lack style. The Patravi ScubaTec is actually offered in two versions, with either a stainless steel bracelet, or a durable rubber strap that’s perfect for the great depths this watch might find itself in. And speaking of things aquatic, the water resistance of this timepiece is 500 meters, which sounds pretty impressive.

Apart from the straps, the two versions of the Patravi ScubaTec are completely identical. They have the stainless steel case measuring 44.6 mm in diameter, while its thickness is 13.45 mm. One of the first things we notice here is the ceramic bezel, in black and blue, which features fairly large markings on it, for better visibility underwater. The bezel itself can be rotated just in one direction, counterclockwise, so that measuring of the duration of the dive is not compromised. On the right side of the case, we can see the screw-down crown, with a hint of blue, which matches the bezel.

Two versions are available, differing in straps

The case is also equipped with an automatic helium valve, which protects the watch against sudden changes in pressure, during descending or ascending of diver within the diving bell. One pretty cool detail can be found on the back of the case; the relief depiction of two manta rays, displayed with a nice 3D effect.

The watch displays a distinctive sporty style associated with divers' watches

Looking at the dial, we can see a subtle pattern on the black background, contrasted by the luminous hour markers and hands. The hour hand is skeletonized, which looks pretty neat, and all of the coating is the Super Luminova, which glows light blue in the dark. As for the rest of the dial, we can spot the date window, located at 3 o’clock position. The dial itself offer good readability, with its fairly large hands and indexes, as well as the contrasting color scheme, which promises good performance as far as the visibility is concerned. Protecting the whole thing, we have a sturdy sapphire crystal, nearly 4 mm thick.

Inside the watch is an automatic movement, the caliber CFB 1950.1, with 25 jewels. It was chronometer-certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, which tells you a lot about its accuracy, as well as the overall quality of the mechanism. Finally, the power reserve of this movement is 38 hours, which should be quite enough.

Fun fact: the specific ceramic shade of blue was created exclusively for Carl F. Bucherer

Completing the Patravi ScubaTec, there are two options: first, we have the stainless steel bracelet, nicely complementing the case. On the other hand, for those who want something more water-friendly, Carl F. Bucherer has prepared a sporty rubber strap, visually enhanced with blue markings, including the ScubaTec label. Both of these feature a divers’ clasp made of stainless steel. What is interesting about this part is the integrated bracelet extension, which allows the wearer to adjust the length of the bracelet to suit their specific needs, including fitting over a diver’s suit.

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