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    Bronze Anyone ?

    Just pressed the button on a bronze watch. Been wanting to scratch the itch for a while, so ordered the one below yesterday. So, anyone else have one ?


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    That looks nice. I don't recognise the maker from the logo, though. What size is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2012 View Post
    That looks nice. I don't recognise the maker from the logo, though. What size is it?
    It's a Heimdallr Sharkey. Chinese, cheap, better than Seiko, as the OP will shortly tell you.

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    I scratched my bronze itch with this one...



    Patina is developing nicely - which was part of the appeal of the bronze case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Hotel View Post
    It's a Heimdallr Sharkey. Chinese, cheap, better than Seiko, as the OP will shortly tell you.
    Thanks for the info Papa Hotel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2012 View Post
    That looks nice. I don't recognise the maker from the logo, though. What size is it?
    It's a heimdallr Sharkey. 41mm, sapphire crystal,lovely 120 click ceramic bezel, 300m water resistance, NH35 movement, and a superb leather strap. Some collectors don't like Chinese watches, and would rather spend twice as much on an inferior timepiece, but everyone to their own I suppose

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    Looks great. Now are you going to cover it and egg and stick it in the oven or whatever these Bronze fans do? :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by adesmith View Post
    Looks great. Now are you going to cover it and egg and stick it in the oven or whatever these Bronze fans do? :)
    This is a good question. I am very anal about my watches, and ensure they are cared for and clean. Apparently the joy of a bronze watch is letting it patina. I'm going to give it a go, but can see myself polishing it

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    My Armida A1 is brass, as opposed the bronze, which I bought because I wanted to enjoy some gentle patination with only a small outlay, and brass was undoubtedly cheaper.

    This is pretty much how it arrived 3 1/2 years ago



    I have not used any chemicals, eggs or other stuff, just worn it, and the patination looks like this today



    I am not shy about wearing it in the workshop, the sea, wherever.
    I like the way that the patina is uneven, that the bezel edges remain relatively polished (and much smoother than when it arrived) and that a little verdigris corrosion has started near the crown. I like that the machining grooves are shown up by differential colour, and that the same is true of the bezel numerals, making them easier to read.

    The dusty stuff is overspray from painting the garden wall this morning

    I like the process, and am enjoying its progress.

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    I have a bronze Glycine Combat Diver and a Zelos Mako in Bronze with Meteroite


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    Quote Originally Posted by uktotty View Post
    I have a bronze Glycine Combat Diver and a Zelos Mako in Bronze with Meteroite

    Both fantastic, especially the Zelos

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    I bought this limited edition brass Maranez Layan about three years ago and itís gradually patinated to what you see here...



    Itís my beater and I love it, although I would prefer it to have a matching brass crown rather than S/S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggles View Post
    Just pressed the button on a bronze watch. Been wanting to scratch the itch for a while, so ordered the one below yesterday. So, anyone else have one ?

    That'a an itch I could scratch, very nice

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    Cant believe how cheap they are for bronze, great value

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    Helberg CH6.

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    I got this in October last year. Have wondered about getting a navy NATO but struggle to find one with the right keepers. Looking forward to some patina developing in due course.





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    I haven't seen this one for a while so it may have patinated a bit more, but I doubt it.


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    Halios Seaforth for me. Currently thinking of getting a Zenith CP2 Bronze.


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    Quote Originally Posted by uktotty View Post
    Cant believe how cheap they are for bronze, great value
    Don't believe me, look and read the reviews. These are very well put together watches, and unlike many of the better known brands their after sales service is very good. I already own a Tuna and a Turtle, and they really are the dogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickRed71 View Post
    I got this in October last year. Have wondered about getting a navy NATO but struggle to find one with the right keepers. Looking forward to some patina developing in due course.





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    Absolutely stunning

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggles View Post
    This is a good question. I am very anal about my watches, and ensure they are cared for and clean. Apparently the joy of a bronze watch is letting it patina. I'm going to give it a go, but can see myself polishing it
    Surely you are going to hate a bronze watch then?? The whole point (as I see it) of bronze is for it to patina, either naturally or artificially. If you are going to get anxious if its anything other than pristine then it'll drive you bonkers in no time!
    REALLY great looking watch btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uktotty View Post
    Cant believe how cheap they are for bronze, great value
    There is bronze and there is bronze.

    This is actually brass...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinner77 View Post
    There is bronze and there is bronze.

    This is actually brass...
    Aha that explains it then so no CUSN8?

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    Both materials actually look and feel same.

    Brass is bit softer and that's all. They both develop same patina, they both have same weight.

    And bronze/brass watches are heavy.. believe me. I owned Makara Octopus first gen, I could not believe the heft of the thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggles View Post
    This is a good question. I am very anal about my watches
    That would work as well, it might smell a bit, but it might work
    I would try the egg first though.
    :-)
    I like the patina that bronze develops but I am not a fan of them new
    The Anonimo posted is a lovely watch that I would like to try one day.

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    i have two,the first is a modified bronze precista ,this patina took less than a minute to achieve ,using a product called brownells brass black which i use when restoring antique guns.i personally didnt like the look so it is polished shiny now... the other is a brass zelos northstar which i bought because i fellin love with the green dial.this one i am letting patina naturally...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sinner77 View Post
    There is bronze and there is bronze.

    This is actually brass...
    Nope, its bronze

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggles View Post
    Nope, its bronze
    Or ĎAluminum Bronzeí

    Christ, youíre tedious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggles View Post
    Nope, its bronze
    Ok, I stand corrected. My mistake.

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    A nice bronze which Iím actually wearing this morning:)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggles View Post
    Nope, its bronze
    Quote Originally Posted by Onelasttime View Post
    Or ĎAluminum Bronzeí
    I'm currently on my third bronze watch. One of the earlier watches I had was a Borealis Oceanaut which was aluminium bronze. Aluminium bronze is actually a harder bronze that is more resistant to patina than a CUSN8 watch. It will still develop a patina but much more slowly. My current watch is CUSN8 but only two days out of the box so still 'virginal' at this stage. The OP's watch looks very nice - I hadn't looked at their products previously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft View Post
    I bought this limited edition brass Maranez Layan about three years ago and itís gradually patinated to what you see here...



    Itís my beater and I love it, although I would prefer it to have a matching brass crown rather than S/S.

    Simon
    Mine says hello and agree about the crown

    I FEEL LIKE I'M DIAGONALLY PARKED IN A PARALLEL UNIVERSE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stilgoe1972 View Post

    A nice bronze which Iím actually wearing this morning:)


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    Gorgeous. Where's the strap from?

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    Anyone remember the debacle over Olivier watches! Never got mine from the robbing b****d

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    Quote Originally Posted by uktotty View Post
    Anyone remember the debacle over Olivier watches! Never got mine from the robbing b****d
    They look really cool, I don't remember the debacle but I will look it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefmcd View Post
    Gorgeous. Where's the strap from?

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    Hiya,
    Itís from cheapest Nato straps . I think it was £6.00 . Itís elastic material It has brushed silver wear unfortunately but what the hell. The quality is ok. It is a one piece which is what I wanted. The blue one next to it is also available but the fit is crap. I like the colours though. I will order a one piece of these at some point rather than the marine national version which is as I say crap (metal work).



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    Quote Originally Posted by Stilgoe1972 View Post

    A nice bronze which Iím actually wearing this morning:)


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    Love that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcam View Post
    They look really cool, I don't remember the debacle but I will look it up.

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    In a nutshell, he took everyone's money and never sent any watches, well very few anyway, I was one of those caught out.

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f74/ol...us-806495.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by mart broad View Post
    Mine says hello and agree about the crown

    Hello Mart, how are you? Yours must be around the same vintage as mine, since the more recent ones have a matching brass crown. I did contact Maranez to ask if I could fit one of their new crowns to my watch, but apparently they are not interchangeable .

    Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by uktotty View Post
    Anyone remember the debacle over Olivier watches! Never got mine from the robbing b****d
    Great looking watches. Such a shame it all fell apart...

    Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft View Post
    Hello Mart, how are you? Yours must be around the same vintage as mine, since the more recent ones have a matching brass crown. I did contact Maranez to ask if I could fit one of their new crowns to my watch, but apparently they are not interchangeable .

    Simon
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    I am good thanks for asking being retired and living in a decent house in a decent part of the world helps with the current situation as to Maranez watches IMO they are just great value and very different from the common high st brands like Rolex and Omega

    To one and all just take care.
    I FEEL LIKE I'M DIAGONALLY PARKED IN A PARALLEL UNIVERSE

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    Quote Originally Posted by uktotty View Post
    In a nutshell, he took everyone's money and never sent any watches, well very few anyway, I was one of those caught out.

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f74/ol...us-806495.html
    Thanks, hopefully paid by CC and got your money back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stilgoe1972 View Post
    Hiya,
    Itís from cheapest Nato straps . I think it was £6.00 . Itís elastic material It has brushed silver wear unfortunately but what the hell. The quality is ok. It is a one piece which is what I wanted. The blue one next to it is also available but the fit is crap. I like the colours though. I will order a one piece of these at some point rather than the marine national version which is as I say crap (metal work).



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    Ta, having a spree....

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    Last edited by stefmcd; 16th April 2020 at 11:24.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcam View Post
    Thanks, hopefully paid by CC and got your money back.

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    Afraid not mate, it was over a year before we found out he was a scammer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onelasttime View Post
    Or ĎAluminum Bronzeí

    Christ, youíre tedious.
    I love you too. I think it may be alloy bronze though. Do you know the difference, and if this has an effect on the patina ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greasemonkey View Post
    the other is a brass zelos northstar which i bought because i fellin love with the green dial.this one i am letting patina naturally...
    I had one of these but ended up selling it. Really liked it out of the box, but like the OP I wasn't a fan once it started to patina. Turns out bronze might not be for me.

    I'm really curious to see how yours develops over time though, so I'll look out for it on the forum.

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    Bronze Anyone ?

    Stefmcd,

    Go for it. Donít touch the marine elastic straps though. They really are a bad design. Not like standard ones.
    Just bare in mind that they add 20% at the end in tax . Make it worth your while and get 5. Lastly the one on my bronze is actually a 22mm even though the lugs are 23mm on that watch. They come up good on sizing.


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    Last edited by Stilgoe1972; 16th April 2020 at 13:46.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stilgoe1972 View Post
    Stefmcd,

    Go for it. Donít touch the marine elastic straps though. They really are a bad design. Not like standard ones.
    Just bare in mind that they add 20% at the end in tax . Make it worth your while and get 5. Lastly the one on my bronze is actually a 22mm even though the lugs are 23mm on that watch. They come up good on sizing.


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    Done it. Got 6 for under £30 delivered. The 20% discount wiped out the tax. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggles View Post
    I love you too. I think it may be alloy bronze though. Do you know the difference, and if this has an effect on the patina ?
    There's no such thing as alloy bronze - all bronze is an alloy. According to their website, it's aluminium bronze which means it will develop a patina although it will be more resistant to do so than other bronzes. https://www.heimdallr.watch/dive-wat...641691116.html

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    Must admit that these Heimdallr watches are tempting me to scratch my bronze itch! What's nice about these is that they give you lots of options - different dial colours, dial designs, strap options, which is very rare. I like the idea of a bronze watch with a heavy patina, though I've sometimes wondered if I'd actually want to wear it.

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