The Swiss-based watchmaking brand of Cuban origin has recently started selling its new Cuervo y Sobrinos Robusto Manjuari (refs. 2808.1N & 2808.1B) diving watch, which is rated for pretty much impressive 600 meters of water resistance (well, in fact, the watch is officially ranked for 1882 feet of WR in a nod to the year when the original -and now long-gone- brand was established in Havana.)
As usual for the marque, the new Cuervo y Sobrinos Robusto Manjuari offers a peculiar mix of materials that were used for its case and the rotating bezel. In this particular, ahem, case, the involved materials include stainless steel and titanium, as well as rubber that can be either black or white, depending on the model.
While many other watchmakers offer full-fledged mechanical divers in bodies of gargantuan proportions, this one is only 43 millimeters in diameter and less than 15 millimeters thick, which makes it a nice casual watch.
Besides a remarkable water resistant rating, the watch also features a second time zone functionality with the GMT sub-dial located at 6 hours, as well as a big date indicator, which is placed at 12 o’clock, right below the CyS logo.
As you can see, the displays are visually connected to each other thanks to the blue rim of the GMT sub-dial and the same color used as a background for the big date calendar wheels
Both indicators come courtesy of the new CyS caliber 2511 automatic movement, which is based on the well-known Soprod TT 651 ebauche, which is, in its own turn, the good ole’ ETA 2892-2 ebauche with the big date and GMT modules riding atop of it.
However, besides the extra modules, the model is still pretty thin measuring just over 5 millimeters in height.
Beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, the movement offers at least 42 hours of power reserve if fully wound and placed on a night table (or in a safe, if that’s where you keep your collection of luxury timepieces.)
On the top, the movement is protected from salty water with a sapphire crystal that features antireflective treatment both on the inner and outer sides.
However, the case back of the watch is made from steel, which is engraved with a stylized shape of the ancient Manjuari fish: a 2-meter long living fossil with poisonous meat that can still be found lurking around the Cuban shores.
Frankly, I can’t find anything special about this timekeeper: it is just another overpriced diving watch that will probably never be submerged under water.
However, if you are searching for a casual watch, but are tired of Omega, Rolex and other well-established (and often faked) Swiss brands, you should really check this one out. At least, you will be less likely to be constantly asked “is it real?”
Photos: Cuervo y Sobrinos
Cuervo y Sobrinos Robusto Manjuari (refs. 2808.1N & 2808.1B) automatic watch specification
Price: €6500 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, CyS caliber 2511, based on Soprod TT 651, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, big date, GMT
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel, titanium and rubber
Bezel material: Titanium
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 14.95 mm
Dial: Black (Ref. 2808.1N) / White (Ref. 2808.1B)
Hour markers: Luminous (Superluminova)
Hands: Luminous (Superluminova)
Water resistance: 600 meters
Strap: Black or white rubber strap with red stitches, stainless steel folding buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Screwed-in with laser engraving of the manjuari fish