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    All Things Bronze and Brass

    I have recently been a little crazy about bronze and brass watches. The robust design, durability, uniqueness is all super appealing. The initial shine and the aged, antique, vintage look after some time are totally unique to only these materials. Seems like it isn’t a super popular topic, but I have found some good reviews.

    I’d like to get a good discussion going on bronze and brass watches. Brands like Nethuns, Pontvs, Boldr, Steinhart, Zelos, etc. I’d like to purchase one and want somebody input.

    Thanks and look forward to your opinions!

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    Not sure what kind of responses you are looking for, though I imagine this is going to rather quickly turn into a "you show me yours, I'll show you mine" thread. I have owned several bronze, including four or five Anonimo, a few Gruppo Gamma, Marenez, a couple of TC-9s, as well as two brass, both Carpenters. All showed patina, which I liked, and all could have been polished to shiny like-new appearance if desired. All of these had casebacks of steel, titanium, etc., none with bronze or brass, so no skin irritation issues for any. Beyond that, they are just like any other watch in terms of movements, crystals and so forth. And, if you are looking for pictures, say so. I've got a bunch, and I am sure others do as well. These are my current two--one, a brass Carpenter, the other, a bronze TC-9.
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    Evant Tropic diver.

    Now if anyone can help me get hold of an 18mm bronze buckle. (for less than $60) I want to put it on a rubber strap for swimming.

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    Re: All Things Bronze and Brass

    Refer to this 581 page thread for ample discussion on the subject: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f74/my...n-1535490.html
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    Re: All Things Bronze and Brass

    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaJohnboy View Post
    Now if anyone can help me get hold of an 18mm bronze buckle. (for less than $60) I want to put it on a rubber strap for swimming.
    I got one like this on the bay for $20 (which included shipping--solid bronze except for the screw).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mscoggin2 View Post
    I have recently been a little crazy about bronze and brass watches. The robust design, durability, uniqueness is all super appealing. The initial shine and the aged, antique, vintage look after some time are totally unique to only these materials. Seems like it isn’t a super popular topic, but I have found some good reviews.

    I’d like to get a good discussion going on bronze and brass watches. Brands like Nethuns, Pontvs, Boldr, Steinhart, Zelos, etc. I’d like to purchase one and want somebody input.

    Thanks and look forward to your opinions!
    Welcome to Watchuseek. Bronze and more recently brass watches have attracted several owners here. There have been quite a few threads on brand choice, patination, etc. I encourage you to use search and read through through them. Lots of useful information to be found.

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    Re: All Things Bronze and Brass

    Quote Originally Posted by Mscoggin2 View Post
    I have recently been a little crazy about bronze and brass watches. The robust design, durability, uniqueness is all super appealing. The initial shine and the aged, antique, vintage look after some time are totally unique to only these materials. Seems like it isn’t a super popular topic, but I have found some good reviews.

    I’d like to get a good discussion going on bronze and brass watches. Brands like Nethuns, Pontvs, Boldr, Steinhart, Zelos, etc. I’d like to purchase one and want somebody input.

    Thanks and look forward to your opinions!
    Welcome to the forum!

    When it comes to brass and bronze in watch cases, we should first of clarify that we are not talking about two materials here, but three. All copper alloys with >60% copper are called bronze, except when it's an alloy of copper and zinc, then it's brass. From a metallurgic point of view, it makes no sense to single out brass here, it was just a historic development that made one copper alloy be brass, but the rest are all bronze.

    In watch cases, three copper alloys are used:

    - brass = copper + zinc,
    - bronze = copper + tin (CuSn6, CuSn8),
    - aluminum bronze = copper + aluminum.

    All three have different properties and age differently. In this picture you can see them all together: the Prometheus Poseidon is bronze (the tin type, reddish/brown), the dark golden Maranez Layan is brass and that thing in the background is a small ship's propeller made from aluminum bronze. E.g. Steinhart uses aluminum bronze for their cases, that's why they look more golden than reddish/brown. But in contrast to brass, it gets rather grey over time, and only very slowly. Even some years in saltwater did not have much an effect on that propeller..


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    All Things Bronze and Brass

    I had a Helson stingray. Beautiful watch, but you know how it goes. Sold it to buy something else. Also, it was too big.

    1 annoying detail about the watch was the green stains it would leave on my wrist if I sweat at all.

    That aside, I’ve been thinking of picking up a new bronzo just for fun.


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    If you’re a bit unsure about bronze watches get something like the Steinhart Ocean 1 bronze as it won’t break the bank.

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