Bro-curious?

Before you get too excited- I’m talking about bronze.

I went to a watch fair at a local AD today, and among all of the stunning pieces from Rolex, Grand Seiko, Tudor, Nomos, Omega, Cartier, Breitling, and many other brands… what stood out most to me? An IWC Spitfire in bronze. It just looked so… unique… amongst the sea of shiny steel. And best of all- that delicious mystery of what it will look after 1, 5, 20 years on the wrist.

But then, the practical side of my brain kicks in. “You have too many watches, you won’t wear this enough to see a patina anytime soon. This’ll get boring after a few wears. Why pay that much for something because you want it to look old- just buy vintage.”

Has anyone had these thoughts before going bronze? And how do you feel about bronze after several months or years of ownership? Any patina triumphs or horror stories?

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Yeah I bought a relatively cheap bronze Baltic watch, enjoying seeing how it changes. But I’m glad it’s not a multi thousand dollar IWC or Panerai!

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This is great info- thanks!

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Man, I’ve gone down the bronze rabbit hole for about a year now but I’m flip flopping between buying it and not buying it.

I actually narrowed it down to a few watches but I keep changing my mind. From the Oris Big Crown, Christopher ward, Tudor black bay 58 bronze and the Longines legend diver.

Personally I am a big IWC fan, but none of the bronze IWCs caught my eye so far. That is until a few days ago. When I managed to get hands-on with the IWC x Mr Porter Big Pilot 43. I am fairly confident that this will be my first bronze watch.

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It is a stunner and after wearing it, I can’t stop thinking about it. I am still slightly on the fence due to the patina of bronze. But who knows, I might be exactly where I am now, flip flopping on this bronze watch decision 🤣

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That IWC is 🔥

I’m thinking about this Hamilton as a more affordable alternative:

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Gobius

That IWC is 🔥

I’m thinking about this Hamilton as a more affordable alternative:

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Oris and Christopher ward have some great bronze watches. The Christopher ward one is around $

USD$1300 if I’m not wrong. The Longines Legend diver can be found easily used for USD$2000 and below.

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@rodeenski might have some thoughts.

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I believe not all bronze are created equal since the composition of their alloys are different from brand to brand. Therefore some may be shinier, darker or duller (is that a word?). Consequently, they also patina differently. Some evenly while others not so. Whatever it is, you will have your own unique pattern or character patinaed piece. You may also subsequently want to bring it back to brand new look with a simple lemon juice bath coupled with some brushing. 😉

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rodeenski

I believe not all bronze are created equal since the composition of their alloys are different from brand to brand. Therefore some may be shinier, darker or duller (is that a word?). Consequently, they also patina differently. Some evenly while others not so. Whatever it is, you will have your own unique pattern or character patinaed piece. You may also subsequently want to bring it back to brand new look with a simple lemon juice bath coupled with some brushing. 😉

Thanks- super useful info! Will def continue to look into it.