Archimede Pilot 42 Bronze Watch Review

Archimede Pilot 42 Bronze Watch Review

Archimede Pilot 42 Bronze Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

I'll just get one thing out of the way - I really really like bronze cases. I also happen to be a fan of the few Ickler cases I've had in for reviews. So, when I heard the news that Archimede had a new pilot watch series out, featuring an Ickler case in bronze, I knew it was one that I wanted to review. Note that Archimede is technically part of the Ickler family of companies.

While I can't quite put my finger on why I like the alloy so much, it does definitely have some very unique properties. It's one of our oldest alloys (dating back to the 4th century B.C.), it's non-magnetic, and it has an astoundingly high melting point (1000 °C / 1800 °F). For me, the best quality is the fact that the metal develops a patina. This is actually a thin layer of oxidation that keeps the underlying metal safe from any further corrosion. In terms of a watch case, that means you'll get a pattern on the case that is specific to your body chemistry, as well as how you wore it (ie, out for a swim, or just to the office).

Archimede Pilot 42 Bronze Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Most bronze watches that I've written about in the past feature rather heavy cases, as the metal most commonly appears in dive watches. Here, in the Pilot 42, Archimede has a much more refined feeling. While the diameter measures in at a modern 42mm, the thickness is just under 10mm - which makes for a very thin automatic (it houses an ETA 2824-2). Combine this with the luster of the bronze, and the deep black dial, and you've got something that, while not quite a classic dress piece, is something that would work for anything short of black tie, in my book.

Archimede went for the CuSn8 alloy, which is 92% copper, and 8% tin. The large crown is also made of the same material, while the case back is made of stainless steel. While I suppose it may be possible to have a bronze case back, the steel there is actually a good choice, as it will help keep you from getting a nice green circle on your wrist (which can happen with bronze as it reacts with your perspiration). The bronze itself has no treatment applied, so it can develop that lovely patina as you wear it. Though, should you prefer to keep things on the shinier side, I'm told there are ways of polishing it with a cloth to keep the patina away. Or, if you prefer, there are a variety of options (some include Coca Cola, I believe) of speeding the aging process along.

Archimede Pilot 42 Bronze Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

9 comments
defakto7
defakto7

Great looking watch,although I wish it came in 39mm as well. An aspect  about Bronze watches that I dont think many people have touched on is that its a nice alternative to Gold. I have been looking for a nice Gold vintage watch for some time but without much joy within my price range, so I think it fits the bill quite nicely,  added to the fact that you wont see too many people wearing Bronze ..

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

A simple and smart looking watch.  I like the bronze colour when it's "fresh" but I don't like how it ends up after the patina is formed.  It just looks dirty to me.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Quite nice, actually. The crown really sets the material off.

JeffKolodny
JeffKolodny

I just read your review and purchased the watch!  

Grinnie Jax
Grinnie Jax

Thank you, Patrick! I was waiting for this review.

"I'll just get one thing out of the way - I really really like bronze cases... Most bronze watches that I've written about in the past feature rather heavy cases, as the metal most commonly appears in dive watches. Here, in the Pilot 42, Archimede has a much more refined feeling. While the diameter measures in at a modern 42mm, the thickness is just under 10mm"
I also do like bronze cases, but I'm not a big fan of enormous cases 45mm+. This one looks just right.

I also find classical pilot watch appearance the best for pilot watches. So I am very grateful to Archimede for making classical pilot watch is bronze and in normal size. Superb combination. BTW I really like what Archimede guys are doing. Do you want classical chrono watch? Go for Archimede Classic Chrono - its just all about classic chrono. Do you want classical sport watch? Go for Archimede Outdoor and you won't regret. And all the watches are nicely priced.

All in all, Archimede Pilot 42 Bronze is just great for the price point.

Patrick Kansa
Patrick Kansa

@Ulysses31 Well, the nice thing about it, is that most cases you can clean up the patina with a simple polishing cloth.  That look isn't for every case, to be sure, but it can look quite nice.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@Grinnie Jax Don't know how the blue dial will look after the case oxidizes though..Green/Blue/Black/White/Bronze... There must be a country flag like that somewhere ;) And the black leather with bronze rivet and blue stitching? Not really sold on that one either...

I think that olive/brown could work better although they somehow omitted those color combos altogether.

Olive dial/no date/gold hands...now THERE's a combo I could live with.