When an alloy is important enough to have an entire age named after it, odds are it will make for a pretty great watch. It’s then no surprise that many of the best bronze watches offer supreme durability and robust, vintage style. Bronze watches are also innately anti-corrosive, anti-magnetic, long-lasting, resistant to seawater, and harder than stainless steel and iron combined. Oh, and did we mention they develop a rich patina over time? Indeed, if you’re the kind of man who loves eye-catching diver’s pieces with cases of the indestructible variety, then a quality bronze watch (or brass watch) is right up your alley. Throw in a premium dial aesthetic and you’re getting the best of all worlds. Here are the 9 best bronze watches for men.
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Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Bronzo
Like something excavated from a sunken ship, the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Bronzo is simply bursting with retro allure. Indisputably durable at first sight, the watch is also highly functional, with a date display, seconds subdial, and power reserve indicator on the green dial. That comes surrounded by a distinct, unidirectional bezel and 47mm bronze case. Powering the watch is Panerai’s own P.9002 calibre, which can be glimpsed through a sapphire crystal window on the titanium case back. If you have to ask how much this top bronze watch costs, then you probably can’t afford one.
Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition
Limited to 2000 pieces, the Oris Carl Brashear is the stuff that diver’s watch dreams are made of. This version comes equipped with automatic winding date movement, a minimalist blue dial, leather strap, and a 42mm bronze case. Named for the first African-American Master Diver for the U.S. Navy, this brilliant bronze watch is all kinds of legendary.
Ventus Watches Mori 300m Brass Diver Collection
Built to last and priced to move, every watch in the Mori Brass Diver Watch Collection derives its name from the great warrior Mori Motonari, who created indestructible weapons by binding three arrows together at a time. Taking the “three arrows” story to heart, these trusty brass watches for men expertly align three design features: a dive bezel triangle, a dial triangle, and the Ventus logo. Throw in a 1950s vintage aesthetic, water resistance to 300m, double domed sapphire crystal with AR coating, and a trusty 41mm case, and you’ve got yourself an outrageously affordable stunner. A quick lesson on brass: it’s similar to bronze in that both are durable, copper-based alloys. However, brass consists of copper and zinc while bronze consists of copper and additives like tin. In summary, when a bronze watch is too expensive, a nice brass watch will do you just fine.
Bell & Ross BR 01 Skull Bronze
If only the most unmistakable of timepieces will suffice, accept nothing less than the BR 01 Skull Bronze from horology legends Bell & Ross. Leaping out from the “phantom” monochrome dial is a menacing skull emblem, which takes direct inspiration from the emblem rocked by the 1944 parachutists. Limited to 500 pieces, the watch hosts BR-CAL.302 automatic mechanical movement, a calfskin strap, and bronze PVD coated steel. It might not be real bronze, but you wouldn’t get this watch for the material anyway. In other words: it’s all about that dial.
Archimede Pilot 42 Bronze Automatic
A true classic, the Archimede Bronze Pilot delivers unfettered, minimalist style. Within the borders of its elegant bronze case–which develops a patina over time–is a straightforward dial with large, luminous numbers. Over the display is sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, and under the skin is ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. A black leather strap with bronze rivets seals the deal.
Zenith Pilot Montre D’aeronef Type 20 Automatic
Balancing a bronze case and bezel with luminous markers on a black dial, the Zenith Pilot Montre D’aeronef Type 20 exudes perfect harmony, sophistication, and luxury. Powered by automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve, this legendary bronze watch for men features scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and a brown nubuck leather strap.
Tudor Black Bay Bronze
As a material already synonymous with weaponry and machinery, bronze definitely gives off an intrinsic masculine vibe. Driving that vibe home is the Tudor Black Bay Bronze, a downright rugged piece that nevertheless retains an elegant edge. The 43mm case is bronze with a satin finish, and the case back is bronze-coloured, PVD-treated steel. Under the skin is manufacture Calibre MT5601 self-winding mechanical movement with a bi-directional rotor system and 70-hour power reserve. Also featured is a bronze screw-down winding crown, and a bronze unidirectional rotating bezel. Rounding out the watch’s masculine charms is an aged leather strap, which delivers all the more patina.
Perpetually ready for action, the Lum-tec B19 stays legible–even in dark environments–thanks to patented LUM-TEC MDV technology. Water resistant to 300m, the versatile watch includes a variety of straps, each of which hosts bronzed details. Powering the watch is Miyota Japan 9015 28,800 BPH automatic movement. Take this bronze beast anywhere.
Anonimo Automatic Bronze Blue Dial
Representing an exquisite blend of masculine colours, the Anonimo Automatic pairs a dark blue bezel and dial with a lustrous bronze case. Affixed to the case is a blue calfskin leather strap. Meanwhile, Sellita SW 200-1 Automatic winding movement keeps the watch as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.
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