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Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BA Very good Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay Bronze Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref....
NZ$ 6,099

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Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 01 754 7741 3185-SET New Bronze 40mm Automatic
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Oris Blu Limited Edition for Italy Big Crown
Price on request
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481
IT
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00671 Very good Bronze 47mm Automatic
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 PAM00671 3 Days Bronze Full...
NZ$ 38,030
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7
ES
U-Boat Chimera 7474 Unworn Bronze Automatic
U-Boat 7474
NZ$ 9,290
Professional dealer
55
US
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR0392-D-BU-BR/SCA New Bronze 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Navy Blue Bronze BR0392-D-BU-BR/SCA
NZ$ 5,734
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285
US
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BA-0002 Very good Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay Bronze – 2020 – Full Set
NZ$ 5,951
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240
UK
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BB-0001 Unworn Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze Blue Dial
NZ$ 8,708
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170
US
Longines Legend Diver L37741502 New Bronze 42mm Automatic
Longines Legend Diver Green Dial Bronze 42mm NEW 02/21
NZ$ 4,487
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63
FR
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Very good Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze Fullset LC100
NZ$ 8,645
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115
DE
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW379503 Very good Bronze 44mm Automatic
IWC Aquatimer Expedition Charles Darwin Chronograph Bronze...
NZ$ 14,727

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Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BA Unworn Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay
NZ$ 6,064
Professional dealer
85
DE
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BA Very good Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Heritage 79250BA Black Bay Bronze Full Set Like NEW 2020
NZ$ 6,324
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7
ES
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BB-0001 Good Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Heritage Black Bay
NZ$ 10,161
Professional dealer
55
US
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR0392-D-LU-BR/SCA New Bronze 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Bronze BR0392-D-LU-BR/SCA
NZ$ 5,806
Professional dealer
285
US
Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM 00968 New Bronze 47mm Automatic
Panerai Luminor Submersible
NZ$ 28,356
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17
SG
IWC Big Pilot IW501005 Very good Bronze Automatic
IWC Big Pilot
NZ$ 18,192
Professional dealer
14
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M79250BA-0002 Very good Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay Bronze Slate Grey Dial M79250BA-0002 Black Bay
NZ$ 6,240
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170
US
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250 Very good Bronze 43mm
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250 Bronze
NZ$ 4,963
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334
US
IWC Big Pilot IW510506 Very good Bronze 46mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot's Big Date Spitfire Limitiert Bronze IW510506 B&P
NZ$ 23,112

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Franck Muller Vanguard V 45 SC DT CIR BZ BR New Bronze 45mm Automatic
Franck Muller Vanguard Bronze Case Green Dial (New Full Set)
NZ$ 13,460
Free shipping
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21
HK
Tudor Black Bay Bronze M79250BA-0002 Unworn Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay
NZ$ 6,757
Professional dealer
85
DE
U-Boat Chimera 7236 Unworn Bronze Automatic
U-Boat 7236
NZ$ 8,564
Professional dealer
55
US
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 01 754 7741 3166-07 5 20 74BR Very good Bronze 40mm Automatic
Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date Warranty FULL SET
NZ$ 2,070
Professional dealer
740
ES
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph IW387902 Unworn Bronze 41,00mm Automatic
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Spitfire, Ref. IW387902
NZ$ 11,780
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369
DE
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BB Unworn Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay Bucherer blue dial limited edition
NZ$ 7,103
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129
CH
Franck Muller Vanguard Franck Muller V45 SC DT CIR BZ BR NR New Bronze Automatic
Franck Muller V45
NZ$ 8,974
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17
HK
IWC Big Pilot IW501005 New Bronze 46.2mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot´s Watch Heritage - IW501005
NZ$ 19,923
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437
DE
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BA Very good 43mm Automatic
Tudor ブラックベイ ブロンズ 79250BA
NZ$ 4,849
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4172
JP
Franck Muller Vanguard V 45 SC DT CIR BZ BR New Bronze 45mm Automatic
Franck Muller Vanguard Bronze Case Brown Dial (New Full Set)
NZ$ 13,460
Free shipping
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21
HK
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BB New Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay Bronze - Bucherer Blue Special Edition -...
NZ$ 7,262
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85
UK
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BB Unworn Bronze 43mm Automatic
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Tudor Black Bay Bronze Bucherer Blue Edition
NZ$ 6,024
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Very good Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze FULL SET
NZ$ 7,268
Professional dealer
740
ES
IWC Pilot Spitfire UTC IW327101 Unworn Bronze
IWC Pilot’s Watch Utc Spitfire Edition, Ref. 327101
NZ$ 19,576
Professional dealer
369
DE
Panerai Luminor Submersible Pam00968 New Bronze 47mm Automatic
Panerai Submersible Bronzo PAM00968 with Box and Papers
NZ$ 30,250
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465
UK
Konstantin Chaykin Green Halloween Unworn Bronze Automatic
Konstantin Chaykin Green Halloween 88 pcs Limited
NZ$ 31,408
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HK
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR03-92 New Bronze 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross Bronze Limited Edition Unworn New May 2021BR 03-92...
NZ$ 6,410
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330
ES
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BA Very good 43mm Automatic
Tudor ブラックベイ ブロンズ 79250BA
NZ$ 4,849
Free shipping
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4172
JP
Franck Muller Vanguard V 45 SC DT CIR BZ BR New Bronze 45mm Automatic
Franck Muller Vanguard Bronze Case Black Dial (New Full Set)
NZ$ 13,460
Free shipping
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21
HK
IWC Pilot IW326802 New Bronze 39mm Automatic
IWC Pilot WATCH AUTOMATIC SPITFIRE - IW326802 - NEU
NZ$ 8,834
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645
DE
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00507 Very good Bronze 47mm Automatic
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Panerai Special Editions
NZ$ 39,847
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ES
TAG Heuer Autavia WBE5190.FC8268 Unworn Bronze 42mm Automatic
TAG Heuer Autavia 42mm, Bronze Grün, Calibre 5 , WBE5190.FC826...
NZ$ 5,163
Professional dealer
273
DE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Very good Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith "Pilot" Type 20 EXTRA SPECIAL in Bronze
NZ$ 8,836
Free shipping
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1124
DE
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250bb New Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze "Buchererrdquo; 79250BB with...
NZ$ 6,849
Professional dealer
465
UK
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR0392-D-R-BR/SCA New Bronze 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross Br 03-92 Diver Red Limited
NZ$ 7,277
Professional dealer
14
FR
Tudor Black Bay Bronze M79250BA-0001 New Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay/ Bronze /M79250BA
NZ$ 5,369
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106
US
Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM 00968 Unworn Bronze 47mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Submersible Bronzo 47mm Mike Horn exclusive
NZ$ 36,366
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FR
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BB Very good 43mm Automatic
Tudor ブラックベイ ブロンズ ブッヘラー 130th 79250BB
NZ$ 6,789
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4172
JP
Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM 00968 Very good Bronze 47mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Submersible Bronze
NZ$ 28,120
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CH
Bremont BROADSWORD-BZ-TO-R-S Very good Bronze 40mm Automatic
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Bremont Broadsword Bronze Tobacco
NZ$ 4,063
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US
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph IW387902 New Bronze 41mm Automatic
IWC Pilot's Spitfire Chronograph (New Full Set)
NZ$ 10,095
Free shipping
Professional dealer
21
HK
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph IW387902 New Bronze 41mm Automatic
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph - IW387902 - Bronze 2021
NZ$ 11,260
Professional dealer
645
DE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/57.C808 New 45mm Automatic
Zenith PILOT TYPE20 EXTRA SPECIAL BLUE
NZ$ 6,453
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JP
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BM Very good Bronze 43mm
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze
NZ$ 5,840
Professional dealer
654
UK
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BA Unworn Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay Bronze, 43mm, LC100, M79250
NZ$ 6,376
Professional dealer
273
DE
U-Boat Tipo 01 7900 Very good Bronze 50mm Automatic
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U-Boat Tipo 01
NZ$ 5,080
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US
Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM00968 Unworn Bronze 47mm Automatic
Panerai サブマーシブル ブロンゾ PAM00968
NZ$ 26,080
Free shipping
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4172
JP
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 01 754 7741 3167-07 5 20 58BR New Bronze 40mm Automatic
Oris 80th Anniversary Bronze Big Crown Pointer Date 01 754...
NZ$ 2,758
Professional dealer
1547
US
Panerai Special Editions PAM 01074 New Bronze 42mm Automatic
Panerai Submersible Bronzo Blu Abisso new model PAM01074...
NZ$ 37,248
Professional dealer
669
DE
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BM Very good Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Heritage Black Bay
NZ$ 5,198
Professional dealer
346
ES
Oris Carl Brashear 01 401 7764 3185-Set New Bronze 40mm Automatic
Oris Limited Edition CARL BRASHEAR CALIBRE 401 - 01 401 7764...
NZ$ 5,802
Professional dealer
645
DE

Bronze Watches: Trendy Retro Timepieces

Many bronze watches are popular amongst collectors. Due to the patina that develops on these timepieces, each one is unique. Limited special edition models such as the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo have significantly increased in value.


Highlights

  • Patina creates a unique aged look
  • Limited special editions with potential to increase in value
  • About 10% heavier than stainless steel watches
  • Top manufacturers: IWC, Panerai, Tudor, Oris

Which models are in demand?

Bronze watches from Swiss luxury manufacturers have been hugely popular in the past few years. The trendy timepieces have a retro charm. The first bronze watches were introduced towards the end of the 1980s. Amongst these early models were the manual Regulateur from the Swiss manufacturer Chronoswiss and the Gefica chronograph from Gérald Genta. Genta is one of the most famous watch designers in Switzerland, responsible for designing iconic watches such as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus.

In 2011, the Italian watch manufacturer Panerai launched a new watch, the Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo with reference number PAM00382. The diving watch was limited to 1,000 pieces and its price has since increased significantly. When first released, the timepiece cost 7,600 euros. Today, you need to set aside at least 27,000 euros for a pre-owned model. New, this bronze watch costs more than 40,000 euros. Its successor with reference number PAM00507 also experienced a similar price increase.

After the bronze Panerai watches were such a success, many other manufacturers began using the material in their own watches. Above all, diving and pilot's watches were produced in bronze. The most famous models are the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze, the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition, the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special, and the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition "Expedition Charles Darwin."


What should I pay attention to when buying a bronze watch?

The cases of these timepieces are made of a predominantly copper alloy which also contains zinc, aluminum, or iron. Oxidation, the chemical reaction with oxygen, causes a patina to form on the alloy over the years. This process transforms each bronze timepiece into a one of a kind piece. However, you can also easily clean your bronze watch with common household cleaning products and remove the patina.

Due to the high copper percentage, the substance can leave traces of green on your wrist if the case comes into direct contact with your skin. Therefore, most manufacturers pair a bronze case with a stainless steel or titanium case back.


How much do bronze watches cost?

There are bronze watches available at almost every price level. The German manufacturer Steinhart offers many affordable bronze watches for less than 1,000 euros. Watches from Oris and Tudor have mid-range prices. The Luminor from Panerai is in the upper price range.


Detailed Price Information

Model Features Price
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo PAM00382 In-house caliber P.9000, 72-hour power reserve, distinctive crown protector, likely to appreciate in value Pre-owned starting at 27,000 euros, new over 40,000 euros
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze In-house caliber MT5601, 70-hour power reserve, COSC certificate About 3,300 euros
Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition Limited to a run of 2,000 pieces, caliber Oris 733, solid investment About 2,800 euros
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special In-house caliber Elite 679, 50-hour power reserve, large crown, 45-mm diameter About 4,500 euros
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition "Expedition Charles Darwin" In-house caliber 89365, chronograph, 68-hour power reserve About 7,300 euros
Steinhart Triton 30 ATM Bronze Last Edition Caliber Soprod A10, automatic, stop-seconds mechanism, date display About 650 euros

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze: A Retro Diving Watch

The Swiss manufacturer Tudor introduced the Heritage Black Bay Bronze in 2016. The diving watch's satinized 43-mm case is made of aluminum bronze and is waterproof to 200 m (20 bar). Tudor used coated stainless steel for the case back and the dial and bezel are brown. The bronze Heritage Black Bay is paired with an aged leather strap and comes with an additional fabric strap.

This bronze watch's design is modeled after historic Tudor timepieces. It has eye-catching features such as a large crown without a crown guard, domed glass on the front side, and a dial with Arabic numerals at three, six, and nine. It also has distinctive "snowflake" hands, which were first used in the 1970s on military watches Tudor delivered to the French marines. Both hands and hour markers are luminous and therefore also easy to read in the dark.

One highlight of the Heritage Black Bay Bronze is its in-house caliber MT5601. Tudor developed this caliber especially for this timepiece. The MT stands for "Manufacture Tudor." The automatic movement has a 70-hour power reserve and is chronometer certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). A chronometer is an especially accurate watch that only deviates from the reference time by a few seconds each day.

Since this bronze Tudor watch has only been available on the market since 2016, there are few pre-owned models currently available. New, the price for this timepiece starts around 3,300 euros.


Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition: In Honor of a US Navy Master Diver

There are only 2,000 Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition watches worldwide. The independent Swiss company dedicated the bronze diving watch to the marine diver Carl Brashear, the first African-American US Navy Master Diver. The 2000 film Men of Honor focused on the challenges that Brashear faced throughout his career. He was portrayed by Cuba Gooding, Jr.

This Oris watch's bronze case has a stainless steel case back engraved with a professional diving helmet. The wristwatch's design is inspired by such a helmet. The 42-mm watch is waterproof to 100 m (10 bar) and features a rotatable bronze bezel with a minute scale. Domed sapphire glass emphasizes this watch's retro look and is also very scratch resistant. Oris decided against adding crown protection. The blue dial creates a striking contrast to the bronze bezel and case. A dark brown leather strap keeps the watch securely on your wrist.

The caliber Oris 733, based on the Sellita SW 200-1, powers this bronze Oris watch. The automatic caliber displays the date at six o'clock, and a stop-seconds mechanism allows you to set the watch to the exact second. The movement has a 38-hour power reserve.

You can purchase a pre-owned Oris Carl Brashear in very good condition for around 2,400 euros. New models are available starting at 2,800 euros. When it was first released, the watch only cost 2,600 euros. Thus, its price has risen after only a short time, and it's quite possible that it will continue to increase in value.


Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special: Bronze Pilot's Watch

The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special pays homage to historical pilot's watches. It has an oversized crown and a 45-mm case. Its size makes it easier to read while flying, and a large crown makes it easier to wind and set the watch with thick gloves on. The titanium case back is engraved with a historical plane as well as the brand's logo.

The timepiece is waterproof to 100 m (10 bar). The black dial features luminous Arabic numeral hour markers. The hands are also luminous, allowing you to easily read the watch in the dark.

The in-house caliber Elite 679 powers this timepiece. The automatic movement's winding rotor is decorated with Geneva stripes. This Zenith movement has a 50-hour power reserve.

You can buy a new bronze Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special for around 4,500 euros.


IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition "Expedition Charles Darwin"

The special edition IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition "Expedition Charles Darwin" honors Charles Darwin's scientific accomplishments. The bronze case is reminiscent of the HMS Beagle, the ship that brought the scientist to the Galapagos Islands in 1835. At that time, many parts of ships, such as the portholes, were made of corrosion-resistant bronze.

In line with the bronze case, the luminous hands and indices also glow a bronze color. The Aquatimer collection features a unique internal/external bezel to keep track of your dive time. Normally, diving watches have a unidirectional rotatable bezel with a scale to track your dive time. However, on the IWC watch, this scale is on the internal bezel. You turn the internal bezel by rotating the outer bezel counterclockwise. The case back features a portrait of Darwin. The chronograph is waterproof to 300 m (30 bar) and comes paired with a rubber strap with their patented quick-change system.

The in-house caliber 89365 powers the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition "Expedition Charles Darwin." This automatic movement features a chronograph function, date display, and 68-hour power reserve.

You can buy a pre-owned diving chronograph from IWC starting at around 7,000 euros. These models are in very good condition. New watches cost around 7,300 euros.