Three bronze watches that are not in a rush to patinaRicardo Sime
In the last five years, we’ve seen the material bronze explode within the watch community. Its ability to provide a unique ownership experience through the natural patina of the material has struck a chord with many collectors. Yet, for all the love of patina, there is a large contingent of collectors who wish the material stayed stable longer. They value that pure golden lustre of bronze watches over the aged look. To keep this group happy, many brands have been playing with the makeup of their bronze alloys. Here are three that have been pretty successful in slowing down the patina effect.
Black Bay 58 Bronze
The key to slowly onsetting patina is the alloy used for the bronze. Most bronze is a mixture of copper and tin (often 88% to 12% mixture). That will lead to the greenish-blue patina many of us are used to. However, when that mixture is altered and tin is replaced with aluminium and a small percentage of iron, the resulting patina changes. While also taking a longer period to onset.
Such is the case with the Tudor Black Bay 58 Bronze. If you’re looking for a bronze diver making use of aluminium bronze, it may be your best option. Reasonably sized at 39mm, with an on-the-fly micro adjustment “T-fit” clasp and a clean no-date dial, the Black Bay 58 Bronze seems to have all the right specifications.
The cherry on top for me? A full bronze bracelet that completes the look.
Tudor Black Bay 58 Bronze – Boutique Exclusive: $4625 USD
Captain Cook Automatic Chronograph
Of course, Rado, the “master of materials” would have a place on this list. Their bronze watches also use aluminium bronze, so they are some great options for someone wanting to avoid a greenish-blue patina.
Currently, their Captain Cook Automatic Chronograph is a worthy choice for a bronze watch. It’s 43mm and comes on a blue and bronze NATO strap that also has bronze hardware. The R650 movement inside boasts an above-average power reserve of 59 hours. And finally, the sun-burst blue dial looks amazing under a boxed sapphire crystal.
Overall, it’s quite a compelling package.
Rado Captain Cook Automatic Chronograph: $4410 USD
IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire
I know what you’re going to say. A 39mm bronze pilot’s watch just doesn’t seem right.
Well, before you cast judgment, hear me out. First, the green dial IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire is highly legible. The type A dial with its strong lume would fit in just fine on any plane. Furthermore, the antimagnetic properties of bronze, when coupled with the antimagnetic properties built into the watch’s 32110 movement, make the Spitfire a great choice for the highly magnetic environment of a plane cockpit.
Finally, for those of us who are not aeronautically inclined, the golden lustre of the case when paired with the green dial, just looks great.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire IW326802: $5400 USD