Watches that do things other than tell the time hold an exceptional spot in the hearts of numerous watch authorities. 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 greater part of those “accessory” highlights in watches – while completely practical and dependable – experience issues applying to some true circumstances today. This is further fortification of the idea that we need extravagance watches (and apparatuses) for their enthusiastic incentive just as their useful 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 present day advanced counterparts… but we actually need it.

A watch with an altimeter incorporated into it is planned (obviously) to show your present height. All mechanical indicator or altimeter watches work in basically a similar manner utilizing noteworthy innovation which has been scaled down into wristwatch structure. The two altimeters and gauges pretty much measure something very similar utilizing what is known as an aneroid container. Truth be told, this innovation is likewise what makes something like the Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos perfect timing. Aneroid containers resemble little metal accordions which grow and contract dependent on pneumatic stress because of the arrangement of touchy gasses within. Knowing ahead of time how wide or slender 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 ordinarily center around one estimation type. In this occasion it is altitude.


Favre-Leuba created mechanical altimeter watches previously 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 however with a profundity check instead of an altimeter. The two watches are fundamentally the same as in that they share a similar base development, case style, comparable measurements, and a comparable 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 greatest profundity memory hand.

Even however plunging is a more normal experience subject for watches than climbing, I think the Raider Bivouac 9000 is an additionally intriguing suggestion 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 obviously aeronautics 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 strength 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 striking on the grounds that notwithstanding expecting to precisely quantify height, in such situations a watch needs to endure extraordinary cold and ice (and I comprehend the Raider Bivouac 9000 did just fine).

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


Assuming you presently need to follow your elevation, the Raider Bivouac 9000’s dial is exceptionally straightforward. The two red hands are answerable for showing 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 elevation in quite a while of meters (up to 9,000 meters – consequently the name). The opposite side of the hand is keenly intended to offer an essential (not exceptionally exact) sign of the barometric pressing factor. The bigger, focal red hand demonstrates 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 briefly follow gains or misfortunes in rise that you should independently follow during your trip 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 hold 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 liked to incorporate a programmed development, yet the position of the aneroid case under the development probably made utilizing a programmed rotor altogether too complicated. At any rate, the watch would need to be considerably 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-drag distance is about 57mm. The case is delivered from sandblasted titanium which makes for a decent device style look. Favre-Leuba copies the shading and completing of the titanium case with the dial tone. That and the utilization of a comparable shading bezel (and coordinating tie) makes for a firm dark shading look which I believe is truly engaging in a manly apparatus 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 utilitarian story and stylish style are compelling. I don’t know different watches that look very like this, and Favre-Leuba makes a decent showing of combining current development with a semi-vintage tasteful. In addition, on the off chance that you are incorporated among those individuals who need/need a mechanical altimeter watch to take with you on genuine trips 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 extraordinarily changed for Favre-Leuba. Appended to the case is an alluring cushioned dark calfskin tie that wears in pleasantly. The lash is perhaps the most delightful component of the watch – I in some cases figure brands should simply sell these independently (it is a 24mm wide tie) coincidentally. Surely a specialty observe however positively, the Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 is a welcome expansion to a generally jam-packed market of particular top of the line sport watches. Clearly, 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 carry to-drag distance

>When commentator would actually 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 ordinary interest in knowing their current altitude.

>Best normal for watch: Very viable and centered planned makes this a great apparatus watch (for what it is). Comfortable regardless of size. Plan that doesn’t promptly make you consider different items. Pleasant strap.

>Worst normal for watch: Case size could without much of a stretch make it excessively enormous for some wrists – at any rate whenever worn consistently. Enormous tenacious height hand can be diverting to see consistently on the off chance that you aren’t effectively evolving altitudes.

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