This one arrived this morning.
I am looking forward to see the patina develop on this.
Also, I feel that an update is in order bobabreath
(for me to know what to expect/aim for).
Why did it take so long for bronze to catch on? It is so freaking cool, my Magrette is finally taking on some decent patina. Going all natural, the wait is a bit painful after looking at the advanced aging processes on WUS.
Just bought a Bronze Aquadive and when it arrives, I will let the patina set in naturally. To me, it's part of the fun!!! Great Helson tho!
Mine arrived last week. This batch uses red bronze vs the yellow of the earlier batch.
But I have to say, these pics of the new batch look stunning, and it makes me want to buy another and start all over again!
I'd hate to meet a Bronze Helson in a dark alley...
The lume will light your path. It's quite good, am actually comparing it to my Sumo. The larger markers mean more lume and light. Still have to test longevity, but I think we have a new lume king.
My Armida A3 is also formidable, but because the blue lume does not shine as bright at the start it looks to be weaker in pics but in reality it is a close second to my Helson.
OMFG, I just wet myself.... afraid I had just tossed a $1200+ watch into the toilet.
I was looking online to see how people hastened the patina effect and came across the usual suspects: eggs, urine, salt water, liver of sulphur, just wear it for a long time.
Long story short, the liver of sulphur effect was most appealing to me so I decided to get some. Well, couldn't find anything nearby but after using google I came across an equivalent called Blitz-Beits (dutch word for varnish I guess). Ordered it sunday, received it today. Like a 4 year old child I opened the box and quickly set up to test on some pieces of bronze I had collected. One cup with cold water and one cup with hot water, add some of this smelly BlitzBeits and try different times and flushing with water to stop te process.
The hot water made a better looking color, with blue/red hues thrown in the mix. It was also the fastest, taking about 15-20 seconds to get a nice brown patina. So after some more tests I had got the hang of the process and decided to start om my watches.
1.) Steinhart Apollon, at least the bronze ring
2.) Helson SharkDiver, not even a week old
In went the Steinhart Apollon bezel, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15.... took it out and rinsed it... nice effect already, the yellow almost brass like color turned into a gold color. Back into the solution 1 2 3 4 5 and out again.... nice!!!!! a dark gold color and the letters had that darker inlay that is so cool looking. Super result, now THIS is what I wanted... whoot whoot.
On to the Helson... I had tested only yellow bronze so far, and the Helson being red bronze I decided to add an extra step. OMFg, a $1200 watch, am I really sure I want to do this... gulp... last chance... point of no return... F_ck it... and in went the Helson. 1 2 3 4 5 and out again into the water to rinse it. But when I took it out of the water the watch looked like it had turned black completely... AAAArrrrghhhh!! Nooooo!!!!!
Heart pounding, sweat on my forhead... omg omg omg, what have I done?!I started rubbing the watch franticaly in a towel and luckily a lot of the "patina from hell" came off. Maybe I was quick enoug to stop the full effect. A 15 minute rubdown got the watch to where I pretty much wanted it to be. Hopefully wearing the watch will do the final work.If I had left the watch in there for the intended 15 seconds, I think it would have been a write off. Thank god for gut-feelings.So without further adue.... My one week old Helson with the Patina-from-hell treatment.