Some Great Bronze Watches

Bronze has been used by man for over 4,000 years. Maybe it's time you used it, too.

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Bronze has been around almost as long as horology. First used in weaponry and decorations around 4,000 BC — roughly when the first water clocks appeared — it’s mankind’s oldest alloy. Concocted of varying combinations of copper and tin, bronze can pack a Vickers hardness rating higher than that of wrought iron and stainless steel combined.

Bronze is also antimagnetic and resists corrosion — especially that caused by seawater. By generating a patina of copper oxide, bronze actually shields itself from further contamination. These characteristics, along with its ability to stand out in the seas of stainless steel wrist-wear, make it an ideal alloy for your wrist. Here are some of our favorite bronze watches.

Zelos Abyss 3

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It's almost baffling what Singapore-based Zelos is able to offer at their price points. Almost every line of something like its Abyss 3's spec sheet constitutes what would be considered a premium feature: bronze case, 3,000m of water resistance (that's not a typo: it's three kilometers), a dial and bezel insert made from meteorite, a Swiss automatic movement...all for under $1,000. And these things are solidly made and designed, to boot.

Diameter: 43mm
Movement: Sellita SW200 Automatic
Water Resistance: 3,000m
Price: $949

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Christopher Ward C65 Trident Bronze Ombré

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Christopher Ward

The Ombré is a bronze interpretation of the British brand Christopher Ward's popular C65 Trident dive watch. Like many of its steel counterparts, the Ombré features a 41mm-wide case, but this edition also boats a COSC chronometer-certified Sellita SW200 automatic movement. Its dial features an interesting "hand-distressed" texture that's different on each example.

Diameter: 41mm
Movement: Sellita SW200 Automatic
Water Resistance: 150m
Price: $1,135

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Oris Big Crown Pionter Date Bronze

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The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date offers a handsome style and uncomplicated design in a decidedly retro package from one of our favorite independent brands. A bronze case, however, lends it a different character and more warmth than previous versions. At 40mm, the Big Crown Pionter Date is ideally sized, and features the ubiquitous Sellita SW 200-1 automatic movement visible through a display case back with Oris's signature red rotor.

Diameter: 40mm
Movement: Sellita SW 200-1 Automatic
Water Resistance: 100m
Price: $2,100

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Tudor Black Bay Bronze

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The Tudor Black Bay is nothing short of a modern icon offering incredible construction, an in-house movement and a shockingly reasonable price point. Done up in bronze, it's more rugged than ever and yet remains refined and compelling as a daily wear. A gray dial that suggests a faded "tropical" effect that will continue to look good even as the bronze picks up its patina.

Diameter: 43mm
Movement: Tudor MT5601 Automatic
Water Resistance: 200m
Price: $4,150

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Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze

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Bell & Ross

Pairing a bronze case with a blue dial and bezel, the Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Aéronavale has a unique look and a deliberate feel. That combination delivers a visual punch, backed up by the brand's typically solid construction and attention to detail. It's further well-sized at 41mm and houses a sturdy ETA 2894-2 automatic engine to power the whole handsome package.

Diameter: 41mm
Movement: ETA 2894-2 Automatic
Water Resistance: 100m
Price: $5,200

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Panerai Submersible Bronzo (PAM00968)

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Panerai’s first experiment with bronze was an instant success. While following in the footsteps of the PAM00382 is no easy feat, the brand's proven up to the task with an expanding range of Bronzos. The soft warmth of the PAM00968’s hulking 47mm case plays immeasurably well against the chocolate color of its dial and bezel. Water-resistant to 300m, it's powered by Panerai’s in-house P.9010 calibre carrying a 3-day power reserve. Bellissimo.

Diameter: 47mm
Movement: Panerai P.9010 Automatic
Water Resistance: 300m
Price: $16,500

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IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Spitfire

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The IWC Big Pilot's Watch has been the canvas for a range of complications and variations, and this particular 2020 edition isn't the first time it's been manufactured in bronze. A "Big Pilot's Watch" indeed, its case measures 46.2mm wide and features an outsized onion crown and even a digital "Big Date" — each digit changes separately allow for a more prominent display. Its in-house movement is partially visible through the case back, as is an eight-day power-reserve indicator.

Diameter: 46.2mm
Movement: IWC 59235 Manual
Water Resistance: 60m
Price: ~$18,720

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MB&F x L’Epée x Massena LAB T-Rex Bronze

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Massena Lab

Ok, this MB&F x L’Epée x Massena LAB T-Rex might not fit on your wrist, but it tells time and is made of bronze. It's a desk clock, of course, but it's probably best defined as a kinetic sculpture. As far out as it seems, it's almost unsurprising, stemming as it does from a collaboration between avant-garde watchmaker MB&F and clockmaker L’Epée. This is high-end, esoteric art in which an impressive horological component functions more as an excuse for its existence than for time-telling.

Height: 265mm
Movement: L’Epée
Water Resistance: NA
Price: $27,000

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