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Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 Watch Review

Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 Watch Review

Watches that do things other than tell the time hold an exceptional spot in the hearts of numerous watch gatherers. The Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 (reference 00.10105.06.45.45) is an extraordinary model, as it combines both a mechanical watch development and a mechanical altimeter. Interestingly, the majority of those “accessory” highlights in watches – while totally utilitarian and solid – experience issues applying to some certifiable circumstances today. This is further fortification of the thought that we need extravagance watches (and apparatuses) for their passionate incentive just as their practical worth. I state this since this is a survey of a watch with a valuable bit of usefulness that while more “satisfying” in mechanical structure, isn’t fundamentally more helpful than its more current computerized counterparts… but then we actually need it.

A watch with an altimeter incorporated into it is planned (obviously) to demonstrate your present height. All mechanical gauge or altimeter watches work in basically a similar manner utilizing noteworthy innovation which has been scaled down into wristwatch structure. The two altimeters and indicators pretty much measure something very similar utilizing what is known as an aneroid case. Indeed, this innovation is additionally what makes something like the Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos precision. Aneroid cases resemble little metal accordions which grow and contract dependent on pneumatic force because of the position of touchy gasses within. Knowing ahead of time how wide or restricted the body of the aneroid container is permits an estimation hand to precisely show your present elevation or barometric pressing factor. Since simple watch dials are justifiably packed, such watches commonly center around one estimation type. In this example it is altitude.


Favre-Leuba delivered mechanical altimeter watches before and the Raider Bivouac 9000 is in that manner such a cutting edge re-discharge. It has a kin watch model known as the Favre-Leuba Raider Bathy 120 Memodepth (aBlogtoWatch active here) , that is a fundamentally the same as watch yet with a profundity check rather than an altimeter. The two watches are fundamentally the same as in that they share a similar base development, case style, comparative measurements, and a comparative dial style idea. The Raider Bathy 120 Memodepth is more costly on the grounds that it has 200m versus 30m of water opposition – and a most extreme profundity memory hand.

Even however plunging is a more normal experience subject for watches than climbing, I think the Raider Bivouac 9000 is an all the more fascinating recommendation from the brand. There just aren’t that numerous mechanical altimeter looks out there. The last one I invested energy with was the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter . While the Oris was plainly flight themed, the Raider Bivouac 9000 is climbing and experience themed. Fundamentally, it is an ideal mechanical watch for anybody going on any genuine mountain journey. To test the sturdiness of the Bivouac 9000, Favre-Leuba ensured it was worn on a couple of extremely high culminations, including a climb high up on Mount Everest. This testing is entirely remarkable on the grounds that notwithstanding expecting to precisely quantify elevation, in such situations a watch needs to endure outrageous cold and ice (and I comprehend the Raider Bivouac 9000 did just fine).

That enormous red elevation hand is anything but difficult to spot and peruse initially when you are checking your height. At the point when you aren’t… the enormous red hand kind of hinders demonstrating your present time. In this way, for most kinds of city adventuring, while you have the flawless look of an altimeter on your wrist, expressly seeing it very well may be somewhat less on the energizing side in light of the fact that your elevation presumably isn’t evolving much.


Assuming you right now need to follow your height, the Raider Bivouac 9000’s dial is straightforward. The two red hands are liable for demonstrating the elevation on two scales. The more modest auxiliary seconds hand on the right-hand side of the dial estimates two things. First it shows current height in quite a while of meters (up to 9,000 meters – consequently the name). The opposite side of the hand is shrewdly intended to offer an essential (not exact) sign of the barometric pressing factor. The bigger, focal red hand shows a more exact read out of up to 3,000 meters. This can circumvent the dial multiple times to completely get to 9,000 meters. A turning bezel (with a printed aluminum embed) can incidentally follow gains or misfortunes in height that you should independently follow during your ascension or descent.

Also on the dial are hands for the time including an auxiliary second dial, a window for the date, and a convenient force save marker. This last part is truly significant as I would see it on the grounds that the Raider Bivouac 9000 has a physically wound mechanical development. I accept they would have wanted to incorporate a programmed development, yet the position of the aneroid case under the development probably made utilizing a programmed rotor altogether too complicated. In any event, the watch would need to be much thicker. As it is the Bivouac 9000 is 18.7mm thick.

On the wrist the Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 is comfortable when worn cozy yet isn’t at all a little watch being 48mm wide (and practically 19mm thick as I referenced previously). The carry to-haul distance is about 57mm. The case is created from sandblasted titanium which makes for a decent instrument style look. Favre-Leuba imitates the shading and completing of the titanium case with the dial tone. That and the utilization of a comparative shading bezel (and coordinating tie) makes for a durable dim shading look which I believe is truly engaging in a manly device watch kind of way. Applied hour markers on the dial and the hands are completely given Super-LumiNova paint. I like the hands and don’t mind that they are skeletonized – despite the fact that I don’t carefully feel that the hands should have been skeletonized for this watch to have top functionality.

If you can pull off the size of this watch, its useful story and tasteful style are compelling. I don’t know different watches that look very like this, and Favre-Leuba makes a pleasant showing of combining present day development with a semi-vintage stylish. In addition, in the event that you are incorporated among those individuals who need/need a mechanical altimeter watch to take with you on genuine ascensions when realizing your height is significant, there are not many different choices out there than the Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000.

Inside the watch is the physically wound Favre Leuba type FL311 development that works at 4Hz with 65 hours of intensity hold. This uses a base Swiss Eterna type EMC 3903M, which has been exceptionally changed for Favre-Leuba. Appended to the case is an alluring cushioned dim calfskin tie that wears in pleasantly. The lash is probably the most delightful component of the watch – I at times figure brands should simply sell these independently (it is a 24mm wide tie) incidentally. Surely a specialty observe however positively, the Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 is a welcome expansion to a generally jam-packed market of peculiar very good quality game watches. Evidently, we just can’t get enough items like this, so recollect this one whenever you are going up sufficiently high (by walking) where the height could influence your wellbeing. Cost for the Favre-Leuba reference 00.10105.06.45.45 Raider Bivouac 9000 watch is 7,500 CHF. favre-leuba.com

Necessary Data

>Brand: Favre-Leuba

>Model: Raider Bivouac 9000 reference 00.10105.06.45.45

>Price: 7,500 Swiss Francs

>Size: 48mm wide, 18.7mm thick, 57mm haul to-drag distance

>When analyst would by and by wear it: As a back-up altimeter and timing gadget when climbing anyplace cold or when rising more than 1,000 meters during a climb.

>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Large-wristed climbing aficionado or anybody with probably some normal interest in knowing their current altitude.

>Best normal for watch: Very viable and centered planned makes this an incredible device watch (for what it is). Comfortable in spite of size. Plan that doesn’t quickly make you consider different items. Decent strap.

>Worst normal for watch: Case size could without much of a stretch make it excessively huge for some wrists – in any event whenever worn consistently. Enormous tireless height hand can be diverting to see consistently in the event that you aren’t effectively evolving altitudes.