I own a Magrette, pre-ordered an Olivier and greatly desire a Benarus.
Omega Seamaster 2542.20 "Bond" - white dial, UTS 500M Bauhaus black, Sinn U1 - black, Tag Heuer SEL Link - Grey, Tag Heuer 1000 - Black Coral, Benarus Moray - Green, Nauticfish 1000M - Blue, Boschett Cave Dweller - Yellow, Bernhardt Sea Shark - red, Irreantum Magellan - blue, Irreantum Magellan - Orange, Ocean7 LM1 - Lume dial , Artego 500M - blue, Helson Shark Diver(45mm) - white/blue, Oliver Bronze - Brown
Lum-Tec is hardly a mall rack brand; perhaps you were thinking of Luminox? Yes, you will see more and more bronze around, even in mall racks. I saw a bronze Fossil yesterday ... ;)Originally Posted by thecustomer
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Prometheus S80, Olivier, Rolex GMT-Master II
So folks, thus far we have had the following brands in the running for my Bronze Diver:
In order of availability:
In order of affordability:
- Magrette (Can be ordered now)
- Olivier (Can be ordered now)
- Helson (Can be ordered now)
- Lum-Tec (Can be ordered on Jan 2012)
- Benarus (SOLD OUT)
- Kazimone (SOLD OUT)
- Kevutsmann (No idea if this is available for purchase or not)
In the order of desirability (based on Poll Results so far):
- Magrette ($415)
- Olivier ($650 - 850)
- Helson ($1299)
- Lum-Tec (?? But probably will fit here)
- Benarus (~$1500 aftermarket)
- Kazimone (~$1600 - $1900 aftermarket)
- Kevutsmann (No idea but probably the most expensive)
- (Kazimone, Kuvetsmann tied)
All these factors considered, it seems that the most viable top 3 are: Olivier, Helson and Margette.
So will someone please convince me why I should consider buying a Helson for $1299 instead of buying a Magrette AND an Olivier (ETA) for a combined cost of $1265?
And if the counter argument is that Helson is an "upgrade" then why I shouldn't just pay a few dollars more and just upgrade to a Kazimone or a Benarus? Is Helson better than these 2 brands? If so, why?
BTW, voted for the Olivier because of overall combination of looks, price, and availability. Of the entire list, however my top choice would likely be the benarus. I like the look of the black numerals on the bronze bezel.
Pic taken from the internet:
In the Rotation: Panerai PAM380 - Omega Railmaster - Anonimo Militare - Seiko 6309-729A with Pepsi Bezel - Halios Laguna - SAS Dubh Linn - Benarus Bronze Moray
Not Worn but Still Loved: Tag Heuer 2000
If I didn't already have the Zenton Bronze B43 (which is sold out), I'd be all over the Olivier. I'd vote for the Kazimon but it is the priciest of the bunch.
Corvus Bradley #36, #66 -- Dievas Focal #56 -- Dievas Vortex Pro #36 -- Ocean7 Meteor -- Sinn U1 SDR -- UTS 1000M V2 -- WCT 1000 -- Zenton B43 #13
Magrette and one other.
Better to regret something you have done, than something you haven't done...
If you could get the Kazimon, go for it. It's a handcrafted watch and i believe only around 25 were made. The case was machined out of a block of bronze. Pricing was just around $2k new.
IMO, it shouldn't even be considered with the rest of the Bronze watches on your list.
I'm not familiar with the Kavutsmann, but the rest of the watches appear to be catalog case HK watches.
With tha said, I'm glad that Dion and Roland are able to bring affordable Bronze to the masses.
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