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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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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?

"He's just a witness"
Sure Patinates up nice though, and size wise it wears a lot smaller than the Helson and Tank.
 

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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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You defo have it bad!!!!!

Loving that collection!!!
 

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Thanks to all you guys who posted pics, some great Bronze/Brass watches on here!!!

And now even more that i might have to accommodate in my watch box!!!!
 

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So another dangerous wallet busting thread! But love it. I have just finished explaining to my wife that 2 watches last month was perfectly normal and that the itch had been scratched. Now I need to find a way of explaining that a bronze diver is in a whole must have category of its own.
Loving this thread, did a bit of research last night but will look some more. I can see a well patinated diver on a raw edge canvas strap sitting perfectly with the rest of the collection. Keep the pics coming!
Just tell her big Clive says you gotta get one or the big WIS boys will pick on you and chant,

"You ain't got a Bronzo"

Come on no woman likes her boy to be bullied :))
 

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I cannot find the bronze model on Maranez's website. Only the stainless steel case. Must be out of stock.
Probably are as seems everyone on here has bought one!

But at that price you couldn't say no.
 

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Would break my heart to sell my Helson!!

It is one of my "Like everything about it" watches.

Yours looked awesome.
 
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Great collection jricher!!

And Tony will you stop mentioning Panerai Bronzo!! It upsets me :((

And all you Panerai Bronzo owners, can you PM me your addresses and times your at work!!

Just out of interest ;))

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Due to lots of great shots by fellow bronzies, I am now thinking of an Armida a8, anyone got one?

Your views and pics if poss.
 
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Thanks Craustin

Maranez is from a Spanish supplier on E Bay carlottin1 and the Helson is from Rich at Toshi straps who has a very good website.
 
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Thanks ORG , looks great, think I will pick one up.
 
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More great bronze/Brass shots!!

Just loving them, so keep em coming!!

My Maranez is coming on nicely now.

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And the the lume is really wicked.

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Love those Helberg!!

Just a bit too expensive for me as we get clobbered for 20% tax in the UK!!

My Maranez is gonna have a vinegar Sauna today so will post an after piccy.

Currently looking like this.

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Vinegar sauna under way.

Will post after pics.

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Gonna give it a few hours and then have a look.
 

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4 hours later, it has taken on a reddish hue which I like, so pleased with the result.

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Gonna give my Helson a go now and see what a Bronze case does.

This is what it looks like now pre sauna.

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Thanks for sharing, Clive. Do you plan to "clean it up", for example with toothpaste, before mounting it on the strap agani? Cheers, Bill P.
Am just drying it off as it is to see the final result, but if I don't like it a bit of Cape cod action will bring it back.

What fun eh :))
 
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