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Favre-Leuba Bathy 50 Divers Watch



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.

For us, this is one of the coolest diver's watches: the Favre Leuba Bathy 50 from 1969. This was the first watch with a mechanical depth gauge. Back then an absolute sensation. Many little visual details create a unique design that is absolutely unique.

Favre Leuba is one of the first Swiss watch companies. The manufactory was founded in the eighteenth century and handed down from father to son for eight generations. Favre Leuba looks back on a long and impressive history.

During the 1960-s Favre Leuba produced diver's watches, which are legendary and very sought after today. One of these cool watches is this particular Bathy 50 Ref. 53243, which we offer you. We love many small compelling details of the design. The color combination of black, white and red. The black bakelite bezel has lume inserts in the triangle at 12 o'clock and in the markings at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock. The depth meter specifications are arranged radially around the white inner ring. The typography of the numbers is just beautiful. The minute hand with the arrow makes it easier to read the minutes on the bezel, but at the same time it does not hide the depth gauge ring. An in-depth thought out and accurate dial design. Even the small second is fitted in the dial at 6 o'clock.

This Favre Leuba has been beautifully preserved and is in a great condition. The stainless steel case is unpolished and has original, thick profile with sharp edges. The black dial is absolutely flawless. The original tritium is still present in the bezel, the hands and the depth gauge ring. The original manual wind movement is Peseux 320 and runs flawlessly in all functions. The screw-down crown is signed with the Favre Leuba logo.

Here you have the chance to get a vintage diver's watch with rare technical features and amazing design.

  • Model ref: 53243/42
  • Year: 1969
  • Warranty length: 12 Months
  • Box and papers: Yes
  • Movement type, calibre and jewels: Manual Wind, Cal: Peseux 320
  • Case: Stainless Steel
  • Dial: Black and White With Red Accents
  • Crystal: Plexiglas
  • Bracelet: Rubber Strap
  • Width (w/o crown): 40mm
  • Height, lug to lug: 46mm
  • Lug width: 21mm
  • Wrist size: Adjustable