Baume & Mercier Men's 8797 Riviera Chronograph Strap Watch
|Price:||$3,192.00 & FREE Shipping|
|You Save:||$798.00 (20%)|
- Quality Swiss Automatic movement; Functions without a battery; Powers automatically with the movement of your arm
- Scratch-resistant-sapphire crystal; Band width between lugs 11.5 mm; Band width at the widest point: 24.5 mm
- Case diameter: 43 mm
- Stainless-steel case; Black dial; Date function; Chronograph functions
- Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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Baume and Mercier, Riviera, Men's Watch, Stainless Steel Case, Fabric Strap, Swiss Mechanical Automatic (Self-Winding), MOAO8797
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 5.5 x 4.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B001K3IXGY
- Item model number: 8797
- Date first available at Amazon.com: January 2, 2007
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Baume & Mercier|
|Dial window material type||Scratch resistant sapphire|
|Case material||Stainless Steel|
|Band width||28 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Stainless Steel|
|Special features||Water Resistant|
|Water resistant depth||330 Feet|
Top Customer Reviews
The other reviews are correct in pointing out the lack of illumination on the numbers, it does glow after exposure to direct sunlight, but nowhere near as bright compared to my Seamaster. This may be an unfair comparison though, you can see that thing from the moon at full glow.
I'm an architect, so I got this thinking it would be a great everyday job site workhorse between the weekend G-shock and the office Omega, but it looks so good I don't want to mess it up. Get it, its awesome.
The sailcloth strap turns out to be a good material for diving or swimming, and also gives the watch an elegant yet casual feel. The watch is rather heavy, and has a solid presence, as most well built automatic watches should. Also, I have a very small wrist, but I'm able to pull off this watch without it looking ridiculous at all. I should also mention that the strap has a deployant clasp (not sure if the pictures on amazon show that), which is an added bonus. I believe the movement to be a Valjoux 7750 - the same as in the IWC Portuguese Chronograph, as well as many other pieces.
The only complaint I would have is the picture that Baume et Mercier chose for this watch - it makes the rotating bezel seem like it has a shine (which it does not), and makes the color of the roman numerals look more of a yellow/gold color. Keep in mind that this color is actually the same exact orange as that of the stitching on the strap as well as the inside of the strap. Look at the picture of this watch from overstock.com if you would like to see the watch in its true color. Lastly, as the other reviewer mentioned, the luminescence isn't that great.
Regardless, I couldn't help but give it 5 stars. It's Swiss made, has an automatic movement, has a gorgeous face with a very unique strap, and is listed at a fraction of it's retail price.
This model of B&M is no longer available by the manufacturer, which is why Amazon is marking it down a hefty 63% (at the time of this writing).
All I can say is get one while it is in stock. To give a little bit of background, I currently own a Movado (also a beautiful watch, see my other reviews) and I was looking for something a bit more sporty and casual. I tried on a few Tags to see how they would feel, but none of them had the same character as this watch, and they all felt very bulky on my smaller wrists.
Not this one. The weighty dial is offset by a beautiful sailcloth strap which accentuates the whole piece. The movement (including chronograph) is eerily reminiscent of the Tags I tried on. For me this watch is the perfect union of form and function - it feels perfectly balanced on my wrist and looks absolutely gorgeous.
The movement is automatic, which means it recharges based on kinetic energy from your wrist movements. And since the strap is cloth, it requires no additional adjustments from a jeweler. If you are in the market for a sporty but elegant watch, without the fuss or the stigma of owning a Tag, your search should end here.
Since i also liked Baume & Mercier for a while now and had found a particular model that i really liked, i almost bought it at the local store, but then tought about looking it up on Amazon. To my surprise, i found it almost half-prized. So i press click and ordered without hesitation.
Good that i did because this is one the best watches i've had and i'm not bluffing when i say that i get compliments every time i wear it.
Besides the renown swiss brand, the good look, craft quality and the nice price listed here, i say that if somebody is reading this because you're thinking about getting this watch: go for it; it's worth it.
Highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent watch. Attractive, accurate, dependable. Can not ask for more.Published 8 months ago by pharmacist1952
Great watch both formal and casual and very distinctive
Kevlar strap not as durable as it should and already cracking
I absolutely love this watch! I am very impressed about how accurate this watch is. It gaines about 2-3 seconds/day which is incredible for an automatic watch. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by R. Davuluri
I was looking to replace my 15 yr old Casio dive watch that finally kicked the bucket.
Really like high end automatic watches after owning a Daytona, so rather than just... Read more
This piece is very attractive and comfortable to wear. Orange overtones on satin belt are great for enhancing the use of orange in hands and dial. Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by redmax
Very elegant yet sporty watch. Does not look cheap at all. Highly recommendable. Only catch is that the luminescence is not that good - does not stay on long enough in the darkness... Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by Watchirista
Nice watch. Was shipped promptly.
The watch is excellent. I fell in love with it right away.
Just like other reviews have mentioned, luminescence is practically... Read more
these days, b&m makes so many watches a year and many of them end up on discounted online stores. this 8797 stands out being the absolute best deal if you are looking for a diver... Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by W. Chu