The watch community at large has developed an affinity towards bronze ever since Panerai’s legendary Bronzo was introduced all those years ago. Fast forward to 2020, and it seems that almost every watchmaker has introduced some kind of bronze timepiece into its collection. Bronze watches have typically been very well received, partly due to the fact that they look utterly awesome. And partly because they develop an amazing and completely unique patina over time depending on how it’s used. So, you and I might go out and buy the Tudor Black Bay Bronze, and because we likely lead different lives, after a few years our watches would look very different! I’ve put together a list of bronze watches that I came across during my routine Amazon travels that I think fit the bill ranging from IWC’s Big Pilot all the way to Oris’ Big Crown Pointer Date. Enjoy!
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Bronze Limited Edition
Limited to only 1,500 pieces, the IWC Big Pilot's Watch Bronze Limited Edition is perhaps one of the best examples of a bronze watch that I've ever come across. In the metal especially, the IWC Big Pilot's Watch Bronze Limited Edition is a watch that has presence and character. One of my favourite bronze watches.
Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military Bronze
An odd choice, but there is no doubt in my mind that the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military Bronze's place on this list is more than justified. The Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military Bronze has a beautiful aesthetic, with a deep and expansive blue dial contrasting wonderfully with the slim bronze case. Awesome stuff!
Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback Bronze
The first of two pieces from Zenith, the Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback Bronze is a stunning military-inspired watch that features a flyback chronograph, a stunning aged tropical dial and of course a beautiful bronze case.
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Chronograph Bronze
The second piece from Zenith is the Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Chronograph Bronze. Drawing inspiration from the traditional pilot's watches of yesteryear, the Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Chronograph Bronze has a brilliant look that is made up of blues, bronzes and touches of orange. The finishing touch is that brilliant bronze onion-shaped crown.
Bell & Ross BR-V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze
Bell & Ross' BR-V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze is another piece that combines a blue dial with a bronze case to dramatic effect. It's a special watch that is balanced, symmetrical and has fantastic proportions. Those attributes, coupled with the subtle bronze look, makes the BR-V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze an absolute winner.
Oris Carl Brashear Chronograph Bronze
In celebration of Carl Brashear, the first African-American U.S. Navy Diver and then later after suffering an amputation following a terrible injury the first African-American Master Diver, Oris released the Carl Brashear Chronograph Bronze. The piece itself is quite spectacular, with a deep blue dial serving as the perfect backdrop to the beautiful bronze case and bezel. These are limited to only 2,000 pieces and are quite difficult to come by.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze
A beautiful package that really emphasises the look and feel of a bronze case, Tudor's Heritage Black Bay Bronze plays the two-bit-part of being a traditional looking watch with the use of a material that was introduced into watchmaking only very recently. A gorgeous proposition and one of the more budget friendly bronze watches here.
Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph Bronze
Dashes of vintage charm and a case made of bronze makes the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph Bronze a fantastic offering. I particularly like the cathedral hands, the bold printed hour numerals and the sunburst champagne-coloured dial, all contrasting perfectly with that bronze case.
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary
I've covered a lot of blue-dial-bronze-case variations in this list, so I thought it appropriate to show you another bronze colour variation that might appeal to you. Here is the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary, featuring a lovely green dial that heralds in an incredible eight decades of one of Oris' most classical pieces.
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