Baume et Mercier 8797 Riviera Chronograph Review

Baume Mercier 8797 RivieraThe Baume Mercier 8797 Riviera is a high performing men’s watch, a true testament to fine watch making. Read the rest of my pros and cons review for in depth information on this beautiful time piece.

The Riviera collection is distinguished by it’s unique bezel design. The dodecagonal bezel is a contemporary innovation that holds true to the timeless horological values that drive the Baume & Mercier style, and the Baume Mercier 8797 Riviera is more progressive than most. With a bold color scheme, a precise automatic movement and of course, the trademark Riviera bezel, there’s no doubting that this is an enviable men’s watch.

I know you probably only care about the pros and cons and pricing, but if you DO want some more information, keep reading below the pros and cons and you’ll get more information that should, hopefully, answer any questions you still have. Sound good?

Baume & Mercier Men’s 8797 Riviera Chronograph Watch

The Good:

  • ETA Swiss Automatic Movement – Very Accurate and Very Reliable
  • 3 Dial Chronograph – Easy to Read With Full Start/Stop/Reset Functionality
  • Rotating Outer Bezel and Tachyometer Inner Bezel
  • Scratch Resistant Sapphire Window – Industry Standard for Premium Durability and Clarity
  • Water Resistant to 200 Meters
  • 43mm XXL Stainless Steel Case is Bold and Manly, Durable Too


  • Satin Sailcloth Strap – Some Love it, Some Hate it (I Love it, Actually, but I thought I should mention it here)

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My Baume et Mercier 8797 Riviera Watch Review

Baume & Mercier’s Riviera Collection is known for their dodecagonal design…A dodecagon has 12 sides, one for each hour on the watch face. The Riviera collection was started in 1973 and has been in production since then. The classic design was a hit in the watch community, and these watches have been praised for their innovation and creative design for many years.

Baume Mercier Men's 8797 Riviera

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The Baume Mercier 8797 is one of the newer Riviera watches and is certainly worth checking out. One of the more function-laden models, the Riviera 8797 comes fully equipped with a 3-dial chronograph, a rotating bezel, Superluminova hands (For easy reading in the dark) and many other features.

The Riviera 8797 is also one of Baume Mercier’s most water resistant watches, rated fully water resistant to 200 meters, you should be able to take this watch on most underwater adventures with little trouble.

The movement is a Valjoux 7750 I believe. Valjoux movements are produced by the Swiss movement manufacturer, ETA, and have been traditionally viewed as the industry standard for high quality automatic movements. The 25 jewel work horse is capable of maintaining very accurate time, running a fully resettable chronograph and a date window AND doing all that for years without any trouble. The power reserve is a tad on the short side…Around 40 hours. So that means that you’ll probably want to wear it every day if you don’t want it to run out of power. It’s also recommended that you wind your watch once every few weeks.

Baume Mercier 8797 Riviera Chronograph

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As far as the rest of the Baume Mercier MOA8797 watch, I really can’t complain. As I said, the movement is accurate, and the case is fully stainless steel so it’s very durable. The finish is perfect, the bezel feel sturdy when you rotate it, the crown is sturdy when you pull it in and out. The chronograph works flawlessly, and the dial looks great. I have to say that some folks might find the design a little…busy? There’s a lot going on, but once you recieve your watch and have a look at the dial, it won’t take you long to be able to decipher everything with the quickest of glances.

My Verdict of the Baume & Mercier 8797 Riviera

The Baume Mercier Riviera 8797 is a well crafted watch, and is a great example of a Swiss luxury watch-making. Baume et Mercier have been in business for over 150 years (They were started in 1830) and have always managed to stick to their motto: “Accept only perfection, only manufacture watches of the highest quality.”

The 8797 Riviera is just one more example of perfection.

Well, thanks for reading through my entire Baume Mercier 8797 Riviera review. I really do appreciate it, since I actually put some work into these things. This is after all like a 700 word review, it didn’t write itself and believe it or not, they’re not always all fun and games to write. If you really did get some good information from this review, then great! I hope you’ll remember when you or your friends and family are next looking for a great watch.

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