It may be hard to imagine now, in the midst of the ongoing plastic age, but for a few thousand years, bronze was everywhere. An easily manipulated alloy of copper and tin, bronze lent itself perfectly to tools and weaponry, and made a huge improvement over the stone implements humans had relied on for millennia. Thanks to its resistance to corrosion, bronze (along with its close cousin brass) proved especially useful in shipbuilding, persisting well into the 20th century. While not as durable or versatile as stainless steel, bronze does offer uniqueness. Not only does it look unlike anything else, its surface will oxidize over time, creating an even more distinctive patina. Gold may be more precious, but these watches prove that bronze doesn’t have to be a third-place choice.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage
Big Pilot’s watches are some of IWC’s most popular pieces, and a new one with a bronze case and contrasting black face makes a handsome addition to the family.
Tudor Black Bay Bronze
With a bronze case, choice of woven fabric straps, and brown dial and bezel, this retro-modern dive watch packs more than its share of visual interest.
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3-Days Automatic Bronzo
Thanks to its iconic design and oversized 47 mm case, there’s no mistaking a Panerai Luminor for anything else. This bronze special edition, however, takes its distinction to the next level entirely.
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
A 45 mm case, oversized crown, and large numerals give this Zenith all the hallmarks of a classic aviation watch, while a bronze case and rubber-lined nubuck strap add vintage appeal.
Christopher Ward C60 Trident Bronze Pro 600
Not content to just offer a stylish bronze-cased diver at a good price, Christopher Ward also offers this watch in a preoxidized “patinated” version.