The Favre-Leuba Raider Harpoon is a new dive watch from a newly resurrected company; Favre-Leuba was one of the mainstays of Swiss watchmaking in pre-quartz days, and made a wide variety of watches. Two of its best known today among vintage watch enthusiasts are the 1962 Bivouac, which was the first altimeter equipped wristwatch, and the Bathy, which was the first dive watch with a pressure/depth gauge. The company ceased production in the years immediately following the Quartz Crisis but relaunched last year with two collections: Raider and Chief; the former includes a new version of the Bivouac, which can measure altitudes of up to 9000 meters (Mount Everest is 8,848 meters, so the Bivouac pretty much has you covered from a mountaineering standpoint). For fans of over-engineered dive watches – you know who you are – Favre-Leuba has the 500m water resistant Raider Harpoon.
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