Reviewed: The Raven Trekker 39 Bronze


While it’s been blisteringly hot the past couple of days, the nights are still getting longer and the first hints of red are creeping into the leaves.  Autumn is just around the corner and with it some of my favorite things become bearable to wear again. Flannel shirts, wool jackets, leather straps, there’s just something about that time of year that needs warmth in your wardrobe, both literally and visually, and in my book there’s nothing quite like bronze to pull that off.  Just in time for the changing of the seasons, Raven Watches has released an update on their popular Trekker model, this time with an upgraded bronze version.


A quick run down of the new Raven Trekker 39 before I get in depth on the watch.  As the name suggests, it’s coming in at 39mm with 20mm lug width, 47.5mm lug to lug and a thickness of 13mm.  It features a domed sapphire crystal, Superlimnova, and drilled lugs.  The limited bronze version runs on the always respectable ETA 2824 movement and features an all-bronze coin edge dive bezel with a lumed pip at the twelve o’clock position.  The baton-style hands are brushed brass over what Raven is calling a “Gloss Ocean Blue” dial.  The strap, available in leather or rubber, comes with a Raven branded bronze buckle.  On top of all that, it’s sporting 300 meters of water resistance and a screw down brass crown.


The Raven Trekker 39 is very comfortable to wear.  39mm will fit almost anyone’s wrist and the lugs are short, sweet, and sweep downwards to contour to the wrist and hug it on tightly.  It might be a little on the heavy side, but it still wears well and isn’t particularly top heavy.  The domed sapphire is tall, but it gives the otherwise straight sided watch a nice bit of contour.  The bezel clicks nicely and with very little play while the coin edge makes it easy to turn.  With numbers at the threes, dashes at all the other hours, and hands that stand boldly against the blue face, it is extremely easy to read.  It’s all in keeping with Raven’s ethos of functional timepieces.

That doesn’t mean they’ve sacrificed looks, though.  Setting aside the unfair advantage that bronze gives it, The Raven Trekker 39 is a good looking watch.  The numbers are well proportioned to the face so they aren’t overwhelming.  The baton hands make the face unassuming but still pleasant to look at.  The real shining feature though, is the new color that Raven created for this watch.  The blue shifts from an almost black in low light to a green tinged navy in the sun.  It’s really fun to play with the shift of light on it.  The bronze buckle is a nice touch, bringing a nice unity between the strap and the watch.  The gray leather strap works well with the over all piece.  


I’ve been a fan of Raven for some time now and am excited to have the Trekker 39 on my wrist.  Visually appealing with the technical specs to match, the Trekker 39 lives up to the image Raven Watches has built in the community.  This is an adventure ready watch as the name suggests and I can’t wait to start putting some memories on the watch, and the fabled bronze patina.

By: Noah



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