Does anyone else suffer this addiction to bronze divers?
Mine all started when Panerai brought out their Bronze submersible, I immedietly tried to get one where I live in the UK but had no chance with only a few coming in, and those all being snapped up by directors of the showrooms ( No doubt as investments soon to appear at 3x retail on the used scene)
Giving up in the UK I tried Italy thinking I might have more chance where they were made, but found like the UK there were none available, so I gave up.
However I started to look at other makes that offered bronze Divers, and ended up getting a Helson shark diver and an Ancon M26 Tank, both of which are great watches, finally today picking up my third a Marinez black dial at a Bargain £200 delivered today.
Now personally I am not into blingy watches, I do not own a single gold watch preferring more understated stainless steel. So when my Helson and Ancon arrived looking like a bar of solid blingy plated gold I thought no way man, got to tone them babies down a bit.
So I started looking at the forced Patina methods on the site, and thought as I normally have a tray of eggs in the fridge the good old bagged watch and egg was the way forward.
I gave the Helson and the Ancon the treatment, and have just taken the Marenez out of the bag.
All 3 watches have reacted differently, the Helson going a more muted darker Bronze, losing its fake gold look, and the Ancon a more reddish tone, which looks really nice.
The Maranez has also gone a more Matt bronze with a certain amount of aged staining on the bezel, but still looking very cool, and defo a lot more than its £200 price tag (You gotta get one guys)
As I was never into chemistry at school, I'm thinking the differing tones comes down to the makeup of the Bronze each manufacturer uses, but all 3 are looking great, and it has only stoked my addiction!
If I can find one I fancy a Kazimon 1500, although they seem to have vanished without trace :((
Here are the pics of the 3, hope you can see the subtle differences in tone, although pics do lie.
So so to all you Diver fans who Havnt tried a Bronze case I would say, don't cos you will end up addicted like me!!