Watch companies who are dabbling in bronze watches often have their creations described as retro or seem to be claiming to "return to the past," but I am not so sure that is really accurate.
|The magic of bronze watches... A closeup of my Lum-Tec Bronze Combat B18|
Admittedly, the lure of bronze is ancient. It was over 4,000 years ago when early man first used it to make tools, weapons and jewelry. This wonderful alloy of copper, tin and other metals may not be as durable, chemically stable or as hard as modern stainless steel. Yet somehow, it has made a "comeback" and is being used by a handful of manufacturers to make intriguing niche watches.
|Bronze weapons from (you guessed it) the Bronze Age. Photo: Wikipedia|
|Just some of the bronze watches available today or in the recent past|
|Where are the real retro bronze wristwatches? Certainly not in the early 20th century.|
|A fantasy steampunk camera that has been aged with patina. Photo: Shutterstock.com|
|You'll have to Google to see the Gerald Genta watch because sadly, I don't own one.|
|A stainless steel back protects the user from contacting the bronze directly.|
|Bronze patinas can take on different colors. An exaggerated palette is shown above.|
A quick Google search will reveal a world of trailblazing bronze alchemists with their own special patina formulas and techniques. Bronze is a forgiving material so if you get less than ideal results, you can easily polish your watch back to the shiny virgin bronze that it left the factory with. The possibilities are endless, and the risk of ruining the watch is low making this the perfect customizer’s watch.
|Many chemicals can change the patina on bronze (and brass) watches. Image: Google search|
|Cool guys wear bronze watches...|