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Hi guys

Does anyone else suffer this addiction to bronze divers?

Mine all started when Panerai brought out their Bronze submersible, I immedietly tried to get one where I live in the UK but had no chance with only a few coming in, and those all being snapped up by directors of the showrooms ( No doubt as investments soon to appear at 3x retail on the used scene)

Giving up in the UK I tried Italy thinking I might have more chance where they were made, but found like the UK there were none available, so I gave up.

However I started to look at other makes that offered bronze Divers, and ended up getting a Helson shark diver and an Ancon M26 Tank, both of which are great watches, finally today picking up my third a Marinez black dial at a Bargain £200 delivered today.

Now personally I am not into blingy watches, I do not own a single gold watch preferring more understated stainless steel. So when my Helson and Ancon arrived looking like a bar of solid blingy plated gold I thought no way man, got to tone them babies down a bit.

So I started looking at the forced Patina methods on the site, and thought as I normally have a tray of eggs in the fridge the good old bagged watch and egg was the way forward.

I gave the Helson and the Ancon the treatment, and have just taken the Marenez out of the bag.

All 3 watches have reacted differently, the Helson going a more muted darker Bronze, losing its fake gold look, and the Ancon a more reddish tone, which looks really nice.

The Maranez has also gone a more Matt bronze with a certain amount of aged staining on the bezel, but still looking very cool, and defo a lot more than its £200 price tag (You gotta get one guys)

As I was never into chemistry at school, I'm thinking the differing tones comes down to the makeup of the Bronze each manufacturer uses, but all 3 are looking great, and it has only stoked my addiction!

If I can find one I fancy a Kazimon 1500, although they seem to have vanished without trace :((

Here are the pics of the 3, hope you can see the subtle differences in tone, although pics do lie.

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So so to all you Diver fans who Havnt tried a Bronze case I would say, don't cos you will end up addicted like me!!
 

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Great line up. Those look great! I really like the looks of the Ancon. My only bronze watch was a green Helberg CH6. I foolishly sold it and have missed it ever since.

I actually ordered the blue brass Maranez on Friday and it's due to arrive tomorrow. At $299 I thought it was worth a shot even though I think it might be too big. I like that it has a sandwich dial and double domed acrylic crystal. Looking forward to seeing it in person.

Cheers,

Casey




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I'd have an addiction to em if I COULD AFFORD EM!!!!
Waaay above my pay grade.

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The Maranez comes in at $299, bit of a deal no?
 

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It's brass, though. Isn't it?

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Sure Patinates up nice though, and size wise it wears a lot smaller than the Helson and Tank.
 

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I only have one, but IMO, among the best as far as quality for value.



 

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Hi guys

Does anyone else suffer this addiction to bronze divers?

Mine all started when Panerai brought out their Bronze submersible, I immedietly tried to get one where I live in the UK but had no chance with only a few coming in, and those all being snapped up by directors of the showrooms ( No doubt as investments soon to appear at 3x retail on the used scene)

Giving up in the UK I tried Italy thinking I might have more chance where they were made, but found like the UK there were none available, so I gave up.

However I started to look at other makes that offered bronze Divers, and ended up getting a Helson shark diver and an Ancon M26 Tank, both of which are great watches, finally today picking up my third a Marinez black dial at a Bargain £200 delivered today.

Now personally I am not into blingy watches, I do not own a single gold watch preferring more understated stainless steel. So when my Helson and Ancon arrived looking like a bar of solid blingy plated gold I thought no way man, got to tone them babies down a bit.

So I started looking at the forced Patina methods on the site, and thought as I normally have a tray of eggs in the fridge the good old bagged watch and egg was the way forward.

I gave the Helson and the Ancon the treatment, and have just taken the Marenez out of the bag.

All 3 watches have reacted differently, the Helson going a more muted darker Bronze, losing its fake gold look, and the Ancon a more reddish tone, which looks really nice.

The Maranez has also gone a more Matt bronze with a certain amount of aged staining on the bezel, but still looking very cool, and defo a lot more than its £200 price tag (You gotta get one guys)

As I was never into chemistry at school, I'm thinking the differing tones comes down to the makeup of the Bronze each manufacturer uses, but all 3 are looking great, and it has only stoked my addiction!

If I can find one I fancy a Kazimon 1500, although they seem to have vanished without trace :((

Here are the pics of the 3, hope you can see the subtle differences in tone, although pics do lie.

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So so to all you Diver fans who Havnt tried a Bronze case I would say, don't cos you will end up addicted like me!!
some nice looking straps there are they toshi?
 

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some nice looking straps there are they toshi?
Yes, antique leather on the Ancon, and chocolate on the Helson. Rich does make a great strap!
 

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Great looking trio and a very nice job on the forced patina.

I'm in the same boat with bronze having had a couple of Maranez Layans and a Makara Octopus in the collection at various times.
I don't see myself without a bronze particularly now since I've finally got my ultimate;

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Just to be clear, the Maranez Rawaii is brass. These are a fantastic deal and wear smaller than the size would suggest. (I have the green sandwich dial and a 47mm brass Bangla)
Brass and bronze will patinate differently. I don't have a bronze watch but have experimented with my 2 Maranez models in amonia fumes. There is a thread here some where about forced patina and if you have a FB account you can look up "Maranez watches fans"
 
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