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    BRONZE on BRONZE: Simona's Bronze Buckles Arrived!! Showcase & mini-review with aftermarket straps.

    Following up on a thread started by Willith a couple of years ago regarding bronze buckles for the bronze cased watches, I contacted Simona of Di Stefano Straps, located appropriately enough in Firenze, Italy.

    Though the web site, in terms of watches, is primarily focused on servicing Panerai needs, there are bronze buckles available there--though only 24mm and 26mm are listed. I inquired about 22mm, learned that they could be made special order, so I went ahead and ordered three buckles, one in each size: 26mm for my 26/26 Toshi custom-made strap on my Bronze Nautilo; 24mm for my 24/24 strap made by forum member "igory76" for my Bronze (orange) Polluce, and; 22mm for my 22/22 Gunny strap, again custom-made, but based on his "Breitling Aviator" strap, for my Bronze (black) Polluce. The Gunny strap has very appealing brass rivets, rather than the usual steel, so this too matches well with the bronze case.

    The bronze Simona uses appears to be pure, so the color is much redder, and brighter, than the bronze alloy formula that Anonimo uses for their cases, so the match isn't perfect, but it is nice. One nice feature for all three buckles is that they use a double screw assembly for attaching to the watch strap, much like the screws Anonimo uses instead of spring pins for attaching straps to the lugs--these screw assemblies also appear to be bronze. A few other points should be made--all three buckles are the "Pre-V" style, and are big! At the widest point of the mid-sized buckle (24mm), for example, the width is 38mm! A second point is that the underside edges, which contact the skin, are fairly sharp upon arrival, so I had to file all three of them down a bit to keep them from irritating the wrist. Further, the buckles appear to be coated with some sort of protective seal in order for them to retain their brightness forever. This may not be appreciated for those who like "patina" (I don't, as I grew up crewing for racing yachts in the San Francisco Bay (salt water), and the last thing anyone wanted on their brass, bronze and steel cleats, housings, pulleys, etc., was "patina"--i.e., left unattended, this becomes rust, corrosion and eventually destroys the metals.) I have heard that another owner of one of the Simona bronze buckles has worn his so much that the coating is gone, and it is now aging "properly"--if so, I suppose someone could lightly sand the buckles off to give them a head start. Finally, please note that the three sizes available will not work on most of your Kodiaks (for those watches with the 42mm cases) as Kodiaks taper from 22mm to 20mm at the buckle. I don't like tapered straps, and I don't like mass-produced straps, even Kodiaks, so this wasn't a problem for me. (And, if any of you are trying to figure out what is wrong with my wrist or arm--I am left handed, so the watches are on my right hand. Also, for comparisons, my wrist is 7 1/8 inch.)

    Obviously watches, straps, buckles and so forth are all very subjective--below are the combinations that work for me, and hopefully they will be helpful in giving you an idea of what may or may not look good on your own watch(es). Enjoy!



























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    Re: BRONZE on BRONZE: Simona's Bronze Buckles Arrived!! Showcase & mini-review with aftermarket str

    AWESOME!!!...thank you for sharing, the buckles, straps and watches look great!

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    Re: BRONZE on BRONZE: Simona's Bronze Buckles Arrived!! Showcase & mini-review with aftermarket str

    Very cool matches! Thanks for sharing!




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    Re: BRONZE on BRONZE: Simona's Bronze Buckles Arrived!! Showcase & mini-review with aftermarket str

    Excellent! I'm glad you could still get the 22mm buckles from Simona. The straps look great and all are great combos! I hate to tell you, but if you don't like patina you might want to give your orange Polluce a little attention. Great choices and pictures, thanks for sharing!
    Cheers,
    Rob

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    Re: BRONZE on BRONZE: Simona's Bronze Buckles Arrived!! Showcase & mini-review with aftermarket str

    (As for Patina--I am most vigilant on the Nautilo--its too classy of a watch to be allowed to go too far. As for the other two, they are both actually less dark than they appear in the photos (no flash, subdued light), but are allowed to age gracefully--all are buffed on a regular basis, but no solvents are used as these will actually destroy the protective finish that Anonimo puts on them to slow the aging process. I guess you can say my approach is "Patina-lite"--I do polish them with a special cleaning cloth (definitely not a toxic cape cod cloth), but that's it.)
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    Re: BRONZE on BRONZE: Simona's Bronze Buckles Arrived!! Showcase & mini-review with aftermarket str

    I see, it sounds like you have a very thought out approach to the patina issue. I was only ribbing you a little, but I am glad you got the buckles you wanted and Simona was able to still source the 22mm version for you as well.
    Cheers,
    Rob

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    PAM305O
    PAM321L

    PAM359M

    Omega PO (2200.50.00)
    Omega PO (232.32.46.21.01.005)

    Omega PO GoodPlanet GMT (232.30.44.22.03.001)
    Omega X-33 Gen2
    Omega Railmaster XXL

    Sinn U2
    Sinn 857 UTC
    JeanRichard Terrascope (black)
    Anonimo Marlin (#11/198)
    Oris Aquis Ti
    Linde Werdelin The One (#10/88 black)
    Kobold LSD
    Seiko SBDD003
    Heroic18 M9600 LE Bronze

    Aerospace Advantage E79362 (blue)
    Bathys Benthic Ti (black)
    Casio ProTrek (PAG-240)
    Suunto Core (regular red)
    Suunto Core (regular black)
    Suunto X10M
    Suunto X-Lander (Military)

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    Re: BRONZE on BRONZE: Simona's Bronze Buckles Arrived!! Showcase & mini-review with aftermarket str

    Yes--it all started with your original post--great how the forum works--what goes around comes around (and thanks for steering me in Simona's direction!)
    Peter

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    Re: BRONZE on BRONZE: Simona's Bronze Buckles Arrived!! Showcase & mini-review with aftermarket str

    Very nice strap colors, looks very well, the stitches nice too, as i said before Bronze all the way.

    SO lovely the buckles too Im not big fan of the pre-vendome style, but a little source of Bronze buckles.

    Thansk for sharing I enjoyed a lot seeing your pictures.
    Nelson

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    Re: BRONZE on BRONZE: Simona's Bronze Buckles Arrived!! Showcase & mini-review with aftermarket str

    Congrats on getting the buckles....I love mine......Just FYI....I don't know about yours but mine from Simona had some kind clear coat which slows the patina....The problem is over time the coating comes off in some areas and not in others. Therefore certain areas will patina much quicker over time. I ended up scrubbing the coating completely off. Also i don't know how "pure" it is or what % of alloys are in her bronze buckles but my patina turned slightly green when the coating came off. The area under my wrist was also green, which personally I was fine with. Just the nature of this type of Bronze.

    I will try and find photos if you want.
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    Re: BRONZE on BRONZE: Simona's Bronze Buckles Arrived!! Showcase & mini-review with aftermarket str

    I think mine must be made the same way--a clear coating--I may actually sand my down at some point, just to soften some of the other edges as well, and like you I don't mind a bit of stain on the wrist, as even the best stainless steel, for me at least, also leaves a bluish gray stain on particularly hot (lots of perspiration) days. Of course add your pictures to the thread!
    Peter

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