Hands-On with the Favre-Leuba Raider

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Hands-On with the Favre-Leuba Raider

Postby koimaster » May 25th 2018, 8:52am

The brand has been moved into the Asian section as the ownership is Indian which is in Asia Minor.


Favre-Leuba was founded in 1737, but like many other Swiss watchmakers it fell on hard times during the Quartz Crisis of the 1970s. Now the brand is firmly back in action, having been taken over by Tata, the Indian conglomerate that also owns carmakers Jaguar and Land Rover, in part due to Favre-Leuba being one of the biggest brands on the subcontinent during the colonial era.

The mid 20th century saw Favre Leuba make some of its most significant technical achievements, including the Bivouac, the world’s first altimeter-equipped wristwatch. Consequently, the watches from that era are the inspiration for Favre-Leuba’s new product line.

In 1968, Favre-Leuba introduced the Bathy, the first wristwatch to be equipped with a mechanical depth gauge, able to indicate the time spent underwater, and also depths up to 50m – no easy feat since a depth gauge requires water to enter the case, running contrary to the prevailing wisdom in watch construction.

In homage to the Bathy, Favre-Leuba has introduced the Raider Bathy 120 MemoDepth, an unabashed, over-engineered tribute to the original. It joins only a handful of watches, most notably from IWC, Blancpain and Jaeger-LeCoultre, which have a mechanical depth gauge.

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Re: Hands-On with the Favre-Leuba Raider

Postby conjurer » May 25th 2018, 9:27am

Why, this watch gives me a boner!!
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Re: Hands-On with the Favre-Leuba Raider

Postby bobbee » May 25th 2018, 11:45am

Got this nice original 1960's Twin Power, in need of new crystal.

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Re: Hands-On with the Favre-Leuba Raider

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » May 25th 2018, 12:04pm

That vintage FL is quite lovely. Could indeed use a new crystal, perhaps a case cleaning as well.

As to that Raider, perhaps it's not bad fora Hindoo wartche, but at 48mm, it's just too fucking big.
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