Favre-Leuba - the story of Switzerland's second oldest watch brand begins with Abraham Favre opening his watch shop in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1737. In 1792, Abraham Favre jr, the son, opens A. Favre & Fils with his two sons. In 1815, Henry Auguste Favre, grandson of the founder, joins with Auguste Leuba to form Favre-Leuba whose pocket watches receive numerous awards and international recognition. In the years 1865-1867, Fritz Favre travels to India successfully launching the brand in the subcontinent and creating a very important market for the brand (ultimately it is this popularity of the brand in India that results in its acquisition and revival by the Indian multinational Tata in 2011). In 1896, the brand relocates its headquarters to Geneva and continues to grow its brand internationally. In 1925, Favre-Leuba created its first monopusher chronographs. It would continue producing chronographs using Valjoux and Landeron movements into the 1970s. In 1968, Favre-Leuba creates the first mechanical wristwatch to show both the dive time and the dive depth calling the watch the Bathy. Its cushion cased Raider watches became popular dive watches in the 1970s with the Sea Raider, Sea Sky, Sea Sky GMT, and other models. It is the Raider model that was recently revived to great success by the brand with an array of colorways available. Of course, the brand suffered in the 1970s with the quartz crisis like all Swiss watchmakers and was acquired by LVMH in the late 1970s. The company moved its headquarters to Zug, Switzerland in 2011 when it was acquired from LVMH by Tata.
Here are some vintage examples from my collection:
Favre-Leuba Sandow (1940s) Ref. 3273 8902 Movement: Manual ETA? Case size: 28mm
Favre-Leuba Chronograph (1950) ref. 137 Movement: Manual Landeron Caliber 48 Case size: 35mm 18k Rose Gold
Favre-Leuba Deep Blue (1972) ref. 59863 Movement: Automatic Favre-Leuba caliber FL 1153 Case size: 40mm NOS - all original including vintage tropic rubber strap
Favre-Leuba Sea Bird (1970s) ref. 53032 Movement: Manual w/Alarm AS 1475 Case size: 35mm NOS - all original including original signed bracelet
Favre-Leuba Triple Calendar (1990s) ref. 1737 Movement: Automatic ETA 2892-2 Case size: 37mm
Favre-Leuba Raider Sea Sky Chronograph (2020) ref. 00.10103.08.15.20 Movement: Automatic ETA Valjoux 7753 Case size: 44mm
I really like chronographs especially vintage ones.