Brand World

Historic Models

Brand World

Historic Models

Brand World

Historic Models

Brand World

Historic Models

Brand World

Historic Models

Brand World

Historic Models


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Historic Models
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    Bivouac

    Favre-Leuba launched the Bivouac in 1962. It was the first mechanical wristwatch with an aneroid barometer for altimetry and air pressure measurement. It is lightweight and at 40 mm in diameter, no larger than a conventional chronograph. Thanks to its reliability and precision, ease of operation and excellent readability, it quickly became part of the essential equipment of mountaineers, pilots, researchers and anyone else who conquers seemingly insurmountable frontiers. 

    Using the rotating bezel – which includes a scale of 3,000 meters above sea level, whereby each division of the scale corresponds to 50 meters – and the red hand, the altitude above sea level can be set at the beginning and read continuously. Along with the outer dial ring, the red hand shows additionally the air pressure in millibars. If the rotating bezel is set to zero, the altitude (bezel) and the average prevailing air pressure (dial ring) are directly opposite. If the red hand goes now to a lower value, then air pressure is decreasing, meaning that the weather conditions are deteriorating; if it points higher, the weather will be beautiful.

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    Deep Blue

    Favre-Leuba’s first diving watch, the Water Deep from 1960, laid the foundations for the company’s success in this category. The Deep Blue followed in 1963. Waterproof for up to 200 m, it quickly became a favorite companion for all underwater adventures.

    The minimalistic designed dial with its generously dimensioned, luminous index marks and the distinctive hands guarantee perfect readability in all light conditions. The color-contrasting rotating ring at the edge of the dial helps with the adherence to diving and decompression times during ascent. It lies under glass and can only be operated through a crown, thus preventing accidental resetting. For easy and safe operation, the winding crown is positioned at 4 o’clock, and the crown for rotating this ring at 2 o’clock.

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    Bathy 50

    The great success of the Bivouac inspired Favre-Leuba to employ the principle of the aneroid barometer to pressure measurement under water as well: In 1968, the brand introduced the Bathy, the world’s first mechanical wristwatch that displayed not only dive time, but also the current depth. Two models were introduced, one measuring the depth in meters and the other in feet. This model shown here measured the depth in meters, up to 50 meters.

    Dive time can be adjusted and monitored using the rotating bezel with 60-minute graduations and the minute hand. A diaphragm inside the case transmits the pressure changes under water to the red hand of the depth gauge, which indicates depths up to 50 meters on the outer dial scale. On ascent, a red scale on the dial supports the diver in keeping within the necessary decompression times. The numbers and hands of the Bathy have extra high luminosity, so that they are easy to read without error even in poor visibility conditions.

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    Bathy 160

    The great success of the Bivouac inspired Favre-Leuba to employ the principle of the aneroid barometer to pressure measurement under water as well: In 1968, the brand introduced the Bathy, the world’s first mechanical wristwatch that displayed not only dive time, but also the current depth. Two models were introduced, one measuring the depth in meters and the other in feet. This model shown here measured the depth in feet, up to 160 feet.

    Dive time can be adjusted and monitored using the rotating bezel with 60-minute graduations and the minute hand. A diaphragm inside the case transmits the pressure changes under water to the black hand of the depth gauge, which indicates depths up to 160 feet on the outer dial scale. On ascent, a red scale on the dial supports the diver in keeping within the necessary decompression times. The numbers and hands of the Bathy have extra high luminosity, so that they are easy to read without error even in poor visibility conditions.

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    Pocket Watches

    The finely wrought Favre-Leuba pocket watches, which Favre-Leuba made in their own workshops until the beginning of the 20th century, are sold worldwide and have received numerous accolades at national and international exhibitions – in London (1851), New York (1853), Paris (1855), Bern (1857), and Porto (1865), among others.

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    Calendar

    In this wristwatch from the 1950s, Favre-Leuba combined all of the important calendar functions: The current phase of the moon is shown in a dial cutout at 6 o'clock, the day and month are indicated in windows at 12 o’clock, and the hand with a small crescent shows the date on the outer dial ring.

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    Classics

    In addition to functional chronographs, classic wristwatches from Favre-Leuba have also enjoyed great popularity and recognition internationally since the first quarter of the 20th century.

    This model with a small second hand from the late 1940s is characterized by its reduced, shapely aesthetics, its excellent readability and its accuracy and reliability.

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    Sea King Twin Power

    The Sea King Twin Power features the caliber FL251, which was introduced and patented in 1962, and which has a height of only 2.95 mm. With this movement, Favre-Leuba revolutionized the series production of extra-flat watches with a centered second hand: The design with two barrels makes it possible to use components with conventional dimensions and place the center second hand on the same level as the barrels. With this construction, the designers were able to reduce the height of the caliber significantly.

    The solid movement has a power reserve of 50 hours and outstanding stability. It was available in different versions, with or without calendar function, and was later manufactured as an automatic version and used in a wide range of watch models. 

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    Chronographs

    The rise of professional sports and competitions called for more versatile, more accurate timepieces – for the wrist as well. Favre-Leuba satisfied this demand quite early on with functional wristband chronographs. Around 1925, the brand manufactured first monopusher chronographs, where a single pusher was responsible for starting, stopping, and resetting the chronograph. In the 1930s, the two-pusher mechanism allowed the user to arbitrarily interrupt and continue the timing, thus enabling so-called cumulative-split timing.

    This chronograph from Favre-Leuba from the early 1940s, with manual winding, is characterized by the aesthetic symmetry of a bicompax display. A subdial at 3 o'clock functions as a 30-minute counter, another at 9 o'clock is reserved for the small seconds. A tachymeter scale rounds out the functions.

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    Sea Sky

    The Sea Sky from Favre-Leuba marked the transition into the 1970s. With its distinctive pillow-shaped case design, the brand celebrated the style of the time.

    The Sea Sky is waterproof to 200 m and combines the functionality of a chronograph with the practical benefits of a two-sided rotating bezel. In addition to the small second hand and the 30-minute and 12-hour counters, it is also equipped with a practical tachymeter scale.

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    Mechanical Pulse Monitor

    This mechanical hand-wound Favre-Leuba chronograph from the early 1970s features a display that is of special importance for people who want to conquer and redefine their own frontiers: a pulse monitor!

    After starting the chronograph, the user counts 15 heartbeats, and can then check its current pulse on the first quarter of the scale on the outer edge of the dial, marked in red. The scale marked in yellow also serves as a tachymeter for measuring speed.

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Bivouac

Favre-Leuba launched the Bivouac in 1962. It was the first mechanical wristwatch with an aneroid barometer for altimetry and air pressure measurement. It is lightweight and at 40 mm in diameter, no larger than a conventional chronograph. Thanks to its reliability and precision, ease of operation and excellent readability, it quickly became part of the essential equipment of mountaineers, pilots, researchers and anyone else who conquers seemingly insurmountable frontiers. 

Using the rotating bezel – which includes a scale of 3,000 meters above sea level, whereby each division of the scale corresponds to 50 meters – and the red hand, the altitude above sea level can be set at the beginning and read continuously. Along with the outer dial ring, the red hand shows additionally the air pressure in millibars. If the rotating bezel is set to zero, the altitude (bezel) and the average prevailing air pressure (dial ring) are directly opposite. If the red hand goes now to a lower value, then air pressure is decreasing, meaning that the weather conditions are deteriorating; if it points higher, the weather will be beautiful.