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CARL F. BUCHERER Patravi ScubaTec MALDIVES Edition

Here’s a watch that is truly evocative of sun-soaked ocean waters like those you might find in the Maldives where the majestic manta rays roam.

This is the latest model to join Carl F. Bucherer’s diver’s family; the Patravi ScubaTec Maldives dive watch which celebrates the Swiss brand’s ongoing partnership with the Manta Trust thus creating awareness of the trust’s commitment to preserving endangered manta rays as well as their habitat.

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of each model was donated to the foundation, and a contribution from the sale of the Patravi ScubaTec Maldives is specifically dedicated to the Manta Trust’s new floating research station project. The Patravi ScubaTec Maldives is one of these diver’s models that has a true diving aesthetic with a striking 44.6mm Stainless-steel case and a unidirectional rotating stainless-steel bezel with blue and white ceramic inlays. Meanwhile its bold 60-min. dive-time scale with luminous markings makes it easy to calculate elapsed time underwater – serving as a back up to your dive-computer while its bright blue dial comes with a lacquered wave decoration underscoring its diving heritage – oh, and not a manta motif in sight this time round! The color of the non-slip bezel was chosen to perfectly match the color of the bright blue, finely textured dial, whose applied indexes and hands have been coated with Super-LumiNova, which naturally glow blue when dark. This new Maldives Edition watch is presented on a unique blue strap made of natural rubber; its fabric insert is made of 100% recycled bottles recovered from the Mediterranean Sea, a further clarification that Carl F. Bucherer is a lover of the sea and its creatures.

The strap is fitted with a finely adjustable folding diver’s clasp that extends the length of the bracelet so that it will close comfortably over a wetsuit. The Patravi ScubaTec Maldives is also available with an optional stainless-steel bracelet, also with a folding diver’s clasp. 

Like the strap, the bracelet features a fine adjustment function, which means that it can be extended to precisely the length the wearer desires.

The Patravi ScubaTec Maldives has a lot more going on than merely an aesthetic that evokes the ocean - with its screw-down crown and solid case-back (with obligatory engraved manta motif), automatic Helium Escape Valve, and water-resistance to 500m, it is ocean ready. 

Beating inside its case is an automatic caliber CFB 1950.1, a COSC-certified chronometer with a power reserve of 38 hours. 

MSRP is approx. 5’200euro.

Thoughts? Chances are if you buy a luxury Swiss diver’s watch these days – they’ll be some sort of tie in to ocean conservation, save flipper, save the shark, the whale, mermaids etc. etc. 

And we know in our hearts that it’s just marketing but it’s better than nothing, I guess. I mean it’s a fact that ocean critters sell dive watches, so it makes sense that we should give back to them, right? Just think more of us should do even more - I mean while we can.

Meanwhile I’m looking forward to the day when someone else besides the big Swiss brands start producing these lovely textile straps made from old fishing nets – we need some affordable options, please. 

But what do you think? 


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