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    Smaller bronze watch suggestions?

    Iíve been toying with the idea of trying out a bronze watch for fun to see what kind of patina I get. I donít really like patina in most cases actually, but I think it would be cool to have a naturally patinaíd bronze watch and watch the progression over time.
    I donít want to spend a ton on it and I donít want a huge thick slab that I probably wouldnít want to wear. ~40mm, ~15mm or less would be ideal. Any suggestions? Iíd like to stay well under a grand.


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    41mm bronze Skindiver. Helson has periodic discounts.
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    Awesome thanks!


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    Steinhart ocean one bronze, well within your budget




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    Re: Smaller bronze watch suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by HKwatchlover View Post
    Steinhart ocean one bronze, well within your budget




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    Perfect, Iím going to look into this. Thanks


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    Re: Smaller bronze watch suggestions?

    Anyone know if Steinhart sells the rubber strap in this photo? Doesnít seem to be on their site unless I missed it.


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    Re: Smaller bronze watch suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by HKwatchlover View Post
    Steinhart ocean one bronze, well within your budget




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    Is that your photo? If so how long have you had it and are you noticing any patina starting to form?


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    Re: Smaller bronze watch suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by kalburnfall View Post
    I’ve been toying with the idea of trying out a bronze watch for fun to see what kind of patina I get. I don’t really like patina in most cases actually, but I think it would be cool to have a naturally patina’d bronze watch and watch the progression over time.
    I don’t want to spend a ton on it and I don’t want a huge thick slab that I probably wouldn’t want to wear. ~40mm, ~15mm or less would be ideal. Any suggestions? I’d like to stay well under a grand.
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    CuSn8 case, 39mm, Miyota 9015, $400.

    Be careful with the type of bronze you choose! Bronze isn't one particular metal but an alloy of copper + something. This "something" defines how it patinates:

    - copper + tin = "traditional" bronze, reddish tone, turns brown over time, most commonly CuSn6 or CuSn8 (e.g. the Valkyr above),
    - copper + aluminum = aluminum bronze, golden, turns grayish over time, but very slowly (e.g. Halios Tropik B),
    - copper + zinc = brass, golden, turns darker golden an eventually black/green over time.

    Steinhart doesn't say which type of bronze they use for the Ocean 1. Based on the color and their bronze marine models, where they say "it's the same material used for ship's propellers", it's aluminum bronze and won't patinate like the traditional bronze. So while I really like the design of the Ocean 1 bronze, I wouldn't buy it if the development of the patina was the main reason to get a bronze watch. In that case I'd make sure to go with CuSn6 or CuSn8.
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    Smaller bronze watch suggestions?

    Thanks for the very informative post!

    Do you know of any models (period) that use the cu zn alloy?

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    Re: Smaller bronze watch suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by kalburnfall View Post
    Is that your photo? If so how long have you had it and are you noticing any patina starting to form?


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    Yup, thatís my photo. I actually forced the patina with the boiled eggs technique (you can google it), I wasnít patient enough to wait months and months for it. For reference, here it was brand new:




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