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Maurice De Mauriac L2 Diver Bronze Watch Review

Maurice De Mauriac L2 Diver Bronze Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Modern minimalist diver is not a term you hear very often in the watch industry. Despite the growing popularity of minimalist-style watches, most of them are manifested in watches that are cheaper to produce, such as casual dress-style models. Minimalist sport watches are a niche, but an interesting one. I happen to like them a lot—at their core, they’re durable sport watches, but their exterior attempts to boil down a traditional diver aesthetic to its essential parts. Fun. This watch is the Maurice de Mauriac L2, a diver that follows the previously reviewed Maurice de Mauriac L1.

Zurich-based architect and designer Fabian Schwaerzler designed both of these watches, and the L2 is the sportier of the two. It’s water-resistant to 300m and has an automatic helium release valve. 42mm wide, the L2 is offered in steel (natural or DLC-coated dark gray) or in bronze. Furthermore, Maurice de Mauriac provides a series of attractive dial colors with matching aluminum bezel inserts. Under review is the dark blue dial and bezel, and the L2 is also available (at the time of writing) in black or khaki green. Finding the right case, dial, and strap combination is part of the fun when picking a Maurice de Mauriac watch. The L2, no matter how minimalist it may seem, is no exception.

Maurice De Mauriac L2 Diver Bronze Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Maurice De Mauriac L2 Diver Bronze Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The bronze version of the L2 might be better suited for those who are more adventurous or unpredictable. The natural or DLC-coated stainless steel versions of the L2 are going to be the standard option for most people and will deliver a very predictable aging process (albeit more durable with the DLC coating). The aging of bronze, however, is highly affected by your lifestyle, where you live, and what you do with the watch. Maurice de Mauriac also doesn’t play around with bronze, offering a totally bronze case, including the caseback.

One interesting thing to note is that even for bronze watches, many watch companies don’t make the caseback bronze. When bronze oxidizes, it turns green, so it can turn the skin green as well. This doesn’t really hurt your skin (unless you have allergies) and can be washed off, but most brands tend to stay away from that risk. I rather admire the desire to simply go all-bronze for the case middle, back, bezel, and crown. I’m not entirely sure how that will work out for all wearers, but it hasn’t been an issue for me.

Maurice De Mauriac L2 Diver Bronze Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Maurice De Mauriac L2 Diver Bronze Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The “patina” that bronze watch cases get is one of the reasons why collectors enjoy them. The oxidation can be cleaned off using various mild solutions, but owners of bronze watches often eagerly await the cases to age and discolor. You can’t really mimic the look of natural case aging and discoloration through artificial means, so bronze is one of those rare materials strong enough to make a watch case out of, but it will also become “vintage looking” rather quickly.

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Maurice de Mauriac offers the black, green, and blue dial with a matching bezel with all three of the case options. There is a steel metal bracelet option, but currently no bronze bracelet option, which I’ve wanted to see in a watch for years now (though making a bronze bracelet comes with its own set of issues).

Maurice De Mauriac L2 Diver Bronze Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Maurice De Mauriac L2 Diver Bronze Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

As a Zurich-based watchmaker, Maurice de Mauriac was able to use a particular bronze alloy sourced in Zurich. Like steel, not all bronze is created equally, so your experience from one bronze watch to another will vary. As a metal, bronze has a very warm look, mostly thanks to the copper inside. Bronze isn’t quite as strong as steel, but it’s a bit heavier. Compared to many other metals, bronze handles sea water well, which is why it is particularly suited as material for a diving watch. In the last year or so, we’ve also written about bronze dive watches from Tudor, IWC, Eterna, Oris, and Zodiac. I don’t think bronze watches will ever become mega popular given their niche nature, but there will always be a place for them in the world of personality-rich divers.

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  • Sam Soul

    … Which reminds me that I’ve just ordered the new bronze Mako from Zelos with its cool anthracite textured dial. Can’t wait to wear it 🙂

    • Horum Positivium

      Now that is a fine watch. I’m a big Zelos fan…

      • Sam Soul

        Yes, I’ve always been keeping an eye on the brand and waiting for an opportunity.
        I’ve owned a couple of brass/bronze watches, and I think I’ve finally picked the right one for me with this model (size, look, movement) 🙂

        (Sorry for being off-topic)

        • egznyc

          Hey don’t be sorry! I am in the same boat – though I’m thinking the Mako might look a little chunky with just 40mm diameter and 16mm thick (2.5 from the crystal). But they’re a brand that’s doing some really neat stuff!

          • Sam Soul

            (Sorry for not having any specific opinion about that mdm except for its excessive price…)
            Good point about the 16mm thick case! That’s a little more than the 14mm of the ventus Mori I once owned with the same diameter. I’ll wait and see then ?

          • egznyc

            I had been on the fence regarding the Ventus Mori … for a long while! In the end I wound up getting a different bronze-cased watch, something a bit funkier, but I do like the Ventus’s traditional, vintagey vibe – particularly the colorful dial versions. So I’m wondering what your ownership experience was like and what led to your letting it go, if you don’t mind sharing.

          • Sam Soul

            Well, I was bit disappointed in the simplicity of the sandwich dial, the not so bright lume, and the bezel maybe too light when using it. There was nothing fun to see and make it really attractive, when the Mako looks more refined and decorated on the entire watch.
            I know ventus and Zelos managed both by Elshan aren’t on the same offer’s level and that’s obvious with these 2 watches…
            What about you? Which one did you pick eventually?

          • egznyc

            Sam, I appreciate your thoughts. Sorry to hear that it was not quite as exciting as you’d hoped, and I sympathize – I don’t like crappy lume (especially on a diver) or a wonky bezel. I suspect you’ll be more happy with the Mako (I was very tempted by the Helmsman 2, and the Hammerhead – though that was a little larger than my comfort zone).

            I ended up picking up a bronze Aevig Valkyr with blue dial. I’ve been happy with it. The lume is its only weak point, but if I squint I can still read it even after many hours in the dark.

          • Sam Soul

            Yes! I had a look on this aevig a couple of times before. I kinda like that case shape. Maybe if a model shaped like this occurs, I may be interested !
            As for the Mori I’d backed the KS project, but the usual price now may be too high for the actual value of the watch. I’ve sold mine without any difficulty and I hope its new owner enjoys it!
            And I wouldn’t choose any other Zelos stuff than the Mako due to their sizes beyond my wrist…

          • egznyc

            You like the shape, too?! Well, if a model shaped like this materialized, I bet there’d be interest, too:
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d6ed5b07f3fe2ae98484cd7cfe6f58a76a141e3f0ab544997e32639549def59f.jpg

          • Sam Soul

            Lol.
            I take it as an advice for some english classes for dummies!

          • egznyc

            Maybe this is beating a dead horse, but that was NOT meant as advice; nor was it a comment on your command of the English language ;-). Rather, English – like any language – has a great expressive range, but there is also room for ambiguity and double-meanings. Sometimes we intentionally create ambiguity, sometimes not, but c’est la vie!

            I’d like to think I have a reasonable command of English. It is my mother tongue, for what it’s worth, though there are some folks who can speak multiple languages, fluently, and all I can say is … I’m pretty ashamed that I am no polyglot.

          • Sam Soul

            Then I should feel lucky for not making you horrified and leave the conversation!
            …and I briefly assumed you wanted me to observe closer what kind of watch the girl was wearing *lol*

          • egznyc

            Yeah, I had to search a little to find a model photo with a watch. This is what we call “plausible deniability” heh heh.

            In all seriousness, it’s always a little exciting to find out that someone else has actually considered getting the same watches by the same microbrands as I. Everyone aspires to certain big, prestigious brands. But few – very few – people actually aspire to some tiny brand that nobody has heard of – and that makes it kind of special. (Not to mention the fact that my wife just doesn’t get it.)

            By the way, IF English is NOT your first language, if it hadn’t been for the prior comment I would’ve never considered the possibility that it wasn’t!

          • Sam Soul

            Your wife doesn’t get it, and neither does mine!
            I’m obviously no watch specialist. If I had to pick only one watch for every occasions, I would go for a well- known brand. There are so many micro brands and only few of them offer quality products.
            But since the day I’ve been offered a swiss quartz chronometer by my loved one as a replacement for a drowned Swatch, I got interested and found a nice automatic trench watch from Manchester Watch Works that is perfect for the office, but couldn’t be used for swimming.
            …hence the search for a diver watch, combined with an interest for a brass/bronze case.
            I try to convince myself (and my wife) that 3 watches are enough, but I just can’t take my eyes off a Bauhaus piece from junghans, or a square or a cushion case…

          • egznyc

            Three watches just aren’t enough for a WIS. “From Bauhaus to Our House” – Tom Wolfe just passed away – I rather like some of Junghans’ watches. Saw a few in the metal but it was on vacation with wife and kids and there wasn’t time to try them on the wrist ;-(. The dress pieces looked super old school – and yeah, quite small for modern watches, but beautiful. The crystals aren’t sapphire though.

          • Sam Soul

            Yes, junghans and Zelos are so different in category and style, but their designs remain quite an eye-catcher to me.

          • Berndt Norten

            I knew Polly Glot. Polly Glot was my friend. You, sir, are no Polly Glot ?

          • egznyc

            The difference is that I admitted that I am no Polly Glot; a certain Dan Quayle claimed otherwise ;-). I am also no Polly Esther …

          • Berndt Norten

            And I ain’t no Polythene Pam. Though I did know a lovely Rita…

          • egznyc

            Alas poor Rita, a lovely meter maid, I knew her well. Along with Lucy in the sky[dweller] … with diamonds [set in her bezel].

          • Berndt Norten

            Michelle
            Bezel
            Sont des mots
            Qui vont tres bien ensemble

          • G Street

            I have a Sister that works for the gas board if you want to meter?

          • Berndt Norten

            O the Sisters of Mercy took pity
            Reduced my monthly gas BILL

          • Sam Soul

            Hey, just let you know that I’ve received my Zelos yesterday, and it’s an absolute beauty ?

          • egznyc

            That’s great! (Wrist shot?). So is it what you had hoped for or even exceeded expectations?

          • Sam Soul

            Sorry, the wristshot could have been better…
            The zelos is far beyond the ventus Mori in quality, with a reasonable thickness. And 40mm in diameter is though a small diver yet definitely the right size to my wrist.
            The bronze case is still all new, clean and shiny. I’m curious to see how it will evolve…

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/077003e15419c061f3895514abee872d22f66ef52039ea37f92554dafb7691d1.jpg

          • egznyc

            I hope the honeymoon never ends ;-). Very nice! I guess you figured if you’re going bronze, you might as well get a bronze bezel, too. It’d be hard to choose between that and having one with a ceramic color insert.

          • Sam Soul

            Thanks for your appreciation!
            Yeah, I must say the ceramic bezel in black and blue was available and made me hesitate for a while…

          • egznyc

            That one is pretty good too ;-). How is the box sapphire crystal? I really like that detail. I love this brand’s use of quality components and it seems like a great deal at their early-bird pricing. I’m just not totally digging this particular dial design but hopefully they’ll offer something in the future that I absolutely love. There are lots of other bronze divers out there that I really like, though they are pricier, so we’ll see.

          • Sam Soul

            The sapphire crystal is slightly domed with edges appearing out of the surface of the case (if you see what I mean). The pre-order price is quite a deal, I wouldn’t have considerered buying this mako at its regular price, and prayed for another batch of tropic bronze from Evant instead. I’m cool with that metal grey dial that I find classier than the blue one more predictable IMO.
            I confess this mako replaces an armida A1 with a brass case I’ve sold last week. Lovely heavy piece, wearable without looking too large thanks to its short lugs, yet too thick…

          • egznyc

            I’ve looked (on line) at Armida watches; they have had some reasonably good-looking watches at affordable prices (how well did you enjoy yours?). I hadn’t heard of Evant as a brand before; thanks for sharing!

          • Sam Soul

            The armida A1 looked indeed solidly built and massive (maybe too much massive on my wrist, hence my decision not to keep it). I can also mention Helson that is a sister brand of armida and has some 40mm watches in stock.
            Evant has nothing available in stock any more for some months which is a pity. Their latest watch looks really great…

          • egznyc

            I’ve noticed Helson for awhile now. Lots of decent looking stuff. Maybe the skindiver looks nicest, even if it’s a FF knockoff ;-). Their pilot watches aren’t bad, either, and offer a rare 100m WR for that style.

          • Sam Soul

            We check the same brands then!
            I forgot about the skindiver because of its price. and the porthole or the turtle were large…

          • egznyc

            Yeah, you and I seem to have an affinity for the same brands ;-). And Helson has some interesting stuff, which I’ve admired from afar. A few models are larger than I could pull off (or want), but as for the Skindiver, while the bronze is very nice, the steel version is much more reasonably priced. Not a crazy bargain, but at around $700, I’d definitely consider it.

            You’ll see that the new June giveaway gives you a chance to expand your Zelos watch count. (As for myself, I may not be in love with the dial, but if I were to win, I definitely wouldn’t complain.)

          • Sam Soul

            Yes, I know about the new giveaway. Lots of people interested. Funny to see how Zelos seems pretty popular as a micro brand…
            Helson, Armida are chinese brands. I guess you’ve had a look at steinhart or archimede on the other hand ?

          • egznyc

            Of course I’ve looked at Steinhart and Archimede, but I’ve never actually seen any in the metal. I know many people criticize Steinhart for being Rolex knock-offs, but that’s not true of their entire range. Hell, their new GMT flieger is pretty interesting, but at 44mm, it’s a little on the large side.

          • Sam Soul

            I try to stay away from that knock-off subject, to be honest. The ocean bronze from steinhart has its own qualities even if a Rolex can be seen through it by those who know. I checked that one before finding out the armida that seemed more wearable and unusual to me.
            My interest in fliegers didn’t last long and I went for a diver when I got tired of taking my office watch off on holidays and before swimming…

          • egznyc

            I, too, am not so caught up on “knock-offs”: if the quality is there, and I like a design, I don’t have any real concern – so long as it doesn’t look like I’m trying to fool anyone. I remember looking at those bronze Steinharts – maybe 18 months ago – and liking the dials and hands but feeling they were just a little too undistinguished. Speaking of bronze, and you brought up Archimede, I like the look of their bronze fliegers – just not quite enough to spend almost $1K to get.

            Divers are great, but I still love fliegers; I am just more inclined to wait until I can get one that can go swimming and take some abuse. But I definitely like the aesthetic. Then again, the idea of a robust dress watch is also on my mind – it’s not often seen, but there are for example Seiko’s “grand cocktail” dress watches, with 100m WR and hardened cases, that nonetheless very much look the part.

          • Sam Soul

            Yeah, a good watch such as a cocktail Sarb xxxxsomething from Seiko, with its light blue dial… The most both elegant and affordable dress watch in my opinion!
            As for the zelos, I’ve noticed how accurate the sellita movement seems to be compared to the nh35 in the ventus or Armida…

          • Sam Soul

            Hey! Checked the new obris Morgan nautilus?

          • egznyc

            Hey, thanks! That’s a very nice looking and well-priced offering. I really like that scalloped bezel (though I wish it were lumed), and while the dial is generally great, there is a lot more text than I’d like. I’d think seriously about this one if I weren’t already lined up with a new diver coming in August and a pilot in September (not usually going back-to-back …).

          • Sam Soul

            I agree, this bezel looks great. Now that I own my Zelos, though…
            You mean, new diver and pilot from Obris Morgan ?

          • egznyc

            No – from Halios (diver) and a kickstarter brand (pilot). We’ll see soon enough ;-).

          • Sam Soul

            I remember the halios tropik b in bronze now unavailable. This one was interesting and unusually simple…

          • Sam Soul

            Just received a news from benarus : from 17 to 19th, father’s day sale on some quite nice brass divers !

          • egznyc

            Wow – that means the Moray 40 in brass, which is ordinarily just $349, would be under $300! Not sure which one(s) you’re tempted by, but this model in the brushed blue or green look great to me. It’d be hard to decide between the “dart” vs. numbers dial variants. Aesthetically I’m digging the dart but I think the 12/3/6/9 version would be slightly more legible. Between brass and bronze I think I prefer bronze, but I’d happily make an exception.

            Don’t you know it’s cruel to keep me thinking about new brands and models … oh well, I’m enjoying it all the same!

          • Sam Soul

            Exactly. I’ve been more interested in the moray 38 though, but it’s only available in stainless steel. As for the 40, I would have picked one with numbers, but either on numbers or dart variants this sandwich dial look far better made than the ventus Mori. No date is no problem either…
            Yeah, the discount offered by all those brands can be a trap for hard-earned money…

    • SuperStrapper

      $425: bronze case, respectable movement, fully lumed ceramic bezel… why would you choose such an abomination when you could have just saved up for Maurice de Mauriac.

      • Sam Soul

        Because it’s $429 actually that I can afford 😉

  • Horum Positivium

    I quite like this – but at this price, wouldn’t you just buy a Tudor Black Bay bronze instead? I own the Black Bay Bronze, and it’s a superb and comfortable watch with a far more modern movement. The Tudor doesn’t have a bronze case back, yet still leaves the odd green smudge on my wrist, so I hate to think of the mess this watch will make on a warm summer’s day.

    • ILOW

      Yes. I would certainly buy the Bucherer Tudor way before this. It isn’t even a fair comparison. Should someone tell Maurice that this isn’t 2013, so please check the pricing? Plus the bezel markers look like they were painted by a toddler.

    • egznyc

      Hell yeah, the Tudor BBB looks terrific, and offers far more value IMO.

    • Joe

      If you get the green smudge on say a white shirt cuff, will it come out?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I dontt like bronze as a material. It’s boring and uninteresting.
    I wonder what Marius would have thought.

    • Hold on, I’m still compiling a list of ‘Better watches you could buy instead of this one – three of them from JLC’

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Don’t forget 3 paragraphs and mention the Grand Sieko.

        • I can wear his shoes, but never fill them.

          • How about his Bentayaga? Who’s filling that?

  • “In the last year or so, we’ve also written about bronze dive watches from Tudor, IWC, Eterna, Oris, and Zodiac”

    All of which, dollar for dollar, represent a better price to value than this does. For $5k, the market essentally demands an in-house movement, or at the very least, a chrono or second time zone complication. And a handset that is in proportion to the case and dial.

    All in all, it’s not a bad looking piece, and I happen to have a certain affinity towards bronze watches myself. I’d like to see it without a date window and about $2500 less.

  • SuperStrapper

    No sense made. I know MdM has been around for a while but they only pop their heads up every few years and have no real relevance. That they think their brand carries enough cache to charge $5k for a watch that I could buy on kickstarter for $500 they’re simply out of touch and circling the drain. And the KS watch would probably have better specs like a ceramic bezel and a handset that wasn’t stolen from a child’s watch. He obviously finalising these pieces with parts he’s already got in the bin.

    Ariel I know you’ve had a bromance with this brand/guy fir years now but that doesn’t mean you have to so obviously pull all of your punches. And even the cool things MdM used to do aren’t even present here. What happened to those colour changing sapphires? Those were a differentiators, not being able to pick whichever overpriced 3rd party strap you want.

    Unimpressed.

    • Berndt Norten

      In the flesh they are attractive watches. I don’t know if the MdM store near the Place Vendome in Paris is still in business, but it was there for several years. Either the company was doing well with sales of that sort—rents ain’t cheap there—or they had deep pockets. My sense was most of their sales in Paris were to tourists, who probably don’t know or care about ETA vs in-house movements.

      I do wonder what Marius would think

      • SuperStrapper

        I was a somewhat fan of MdM years ago and even recommended them to a few people looking for some customisation a few years ago, one of whom I know spent about $8k on a chronograph.

        But after years this is what they have to offer? Grasping At Straws should be the model name here.

        Marius’ opinion would be ‘microwaved garbage’. I also hope he returns. It’s not really in aBtW m.o. to just swing the banhammer, I have to assume he left of his own accord; likely after a spat with the leaders here. Regardless, he’s got an opinion to share and speaking as someone with an opinion to share, when you’ve got an opinion you want to share it’s a tough hill to climb getting the opinionated to reserve opinion. If he thinks it’s bad here I doubt he’s posting at the Hod.

        • Gokart Mozart

          Have you checked out the comments on the Hodinkee website lately.

          Most of them are more concerned about the quality of writing rather than the quality of the timepiece.

          And most of the rest would you would not want to meet down a dark alley. No kidding but I just copy and pasted the comment from one of the posts.

          “Dude you’re on a luxury watch website…”

          David and Ariel should consider themselves lucky they don’t have to put up with this kind of crap.

          • G Street

            You can almost hear the posters there come when one of the staff replies to a post, seriously, they’re so grateful for the fleeting recognition I reckon 90% wet themselves….
            They would be better off here with our chippy little Hungarian friend replying at will.

          • Gokart Mozart

            Lol.

            I bet Cara has a massive fan club.

      • egznyc

        I think he’s going to take over MdM and rename the brand “Marius dM.” Or maybe he’s going to begin his own blog?

    • Mark Fenimore

      Agree 100% on those hands (and all your points), they are awfully small and underwhelming. Look at the seconds hand – it is literally just a straight line! No effort to do anything unique here outside of practicality-reducing “minimalism” on the bezel. The indices on the dial are lackluster too. I read through this thinking it would have to be in the $800 range if they wanted to sell any…yikes.

  • BNABOD

    I am not even sure how this brand still exists. 5 grand for a bronze case w a 2824. Whoa seriously you must be nuts to put that kind of coin on a no name brand. W an Eterna movement in it may have tipped the scale a little but let’s be realistic here.
    Resale value on a MdM must be stellar too not that you buy a watch to resell it but in the event you do this would be a rough sale.
    The bronze case back is also dumb it will turn green even w perspiration and then ur wrist shall too and who needs, wants to deal w that ??? MdM always gets praised here even though they are horologically insignificant and w other brands offering better specs, much better resale prospects and cheaper I have no clue why anyone would select this

    • SuperStrapper

      The bronze caseback is a total cop out. Being positioned as “all bronze” like its novel or a step up, when really it was cheaper to get the case supplier to use all bronze than mixed media. As much as I’m not a fan of titanium in watches this is a perfect application for it: caseback to a bronze watch. Strong, lightweight, hypoallergenic. Who cares if the metal looks like trash those remaining properties make it perfect for something like this.

      • BNABOD

        Especially since you won’t see it, a Ti case back would certainly do the trick but ….more expensive so it would be 6k here… don’t get this brand at all

      • Yeah, a Ti caseback would be great (or even SS). Out of the way so scratches are not much of a factor and hypo-allergenic. Is there a dielectric union/corrosion issue if a dissimilar metal is used for a screw-in caseback (main case body to case back)? If so, then perhaps a titanium insert/overlay on the caseback could be applied. Or you just apply clear nail polish to the bronze caseback where it touches your wrist and call it a day.

  • IanE

    I’m really struggling to see what this watch adds to the horological universe: I’m struggling even harder to understand the price.

  • Playboy Johnny

    Marius would not approve.

  • Nello Alexandri

    Crazy price. Dial reminds me of an Obris Morgan, that I prefer over this, that costs about $350.00.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Green wrist. Which smells bad.That’s what you get for the absurd price.

  • denisd

    Maurice de who? Never heard of them… 5000 piasters for what? This must be some kind of late April’s fool… Design is nice, despite a too long lug to lug dimension. These people ought to consider launching a microbrand.

  • I know we sometimes complain about the logo being too big and the text too prominent but sheesh…

  • Mikita

    $5000 is a tough price for a niche of the niche brand’s watch. I somewhat like their designs and customisation options, but there are just too many other excellent choices in the luxury dive watch segment right now.

  • Ben

    LOL

  • Sheez Gagoo

    I learned that Marius has been banned?

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Unfortunately yes.
      More info on the small computer wrist gadget thread.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Is this legal?

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Under terms and conditions…yes.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Even with… Marius?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I am just a mere blogger here. I have no say in life or death situations. One thought it a little heavy handed but it wasn’t my decision.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            I know you can do this with a normal human beeing, but he was, if not the pontifex, at least a cardinal.

          • Rupert Muller

            I agree that his knowledge of watches and the watch industry in general was huge.
            But I also think that his comparison posts with the usual “three better options” were getting tiring. Because most of the time people – and I am talking about standard customers and not commenters of this blog – do not look at the price tag. There are just too many people in the world with enough coins to buy everything. And in addition, especially when talking about haute horlogerie pieces, the buyer of the presented watch already owns all the three proposals by Marius.
            And let’s be honest: All of his comments based on the poor value for money of the presented product. Which, as I explained above, is really not relevant.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            I accept your opinion but disagree on the price/value ratio. Even for rich, (except for some nouveau riche) the value is an important pint even when they don’t have to care simply because they don’t wan’t to be fooled. And when you observe the comment section carefully, you’ll notice that the value you get for your Piasters is one of the most if not the most discussed topic.

            Cheers,

            The fellow citizen,

            Sheez Gagoo

          • Gokart Mozart

            Was the queen unhappy as well, I thought she would have been busy with wedding stuff?

          • Berndt Norten

            I’m just a singer in a rock and roll band
            Hoping my posts don’t get flagged as spam

      • palettj

        What did Marius say yesterday to get kicked off?

    • XX-Pat

      If Marius is banned, I’m done reading this blog. I appreciate he wasn’t always kind, but he was very well informed and his criticisms usually very valid. In so far as this is an American blog, are we now censoring free speach we find inconvenient? Maybe before you ban someone who has better writing skills and audience draw than most of your staff, you should think of the fallout.

  • FS1900

    Interesting watch. Bill was banned, by the way, around the end of March/beginning of April. freddys1900 at post dot com (for friends). No more mischief; really great watch.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Why was bill banned, or do I need to search a particular article?

      Seriously, I was not around much then as my old Windows phone and ABTW were not compatible since the ABTW overhaul.

  • Buy and Sold

    I don’t see how the reviewer can gloss over the movement. It is not what you would expect at this price. The NauticFish Thûsunt at under $1000 has better specifications and equivalent finishing. There is no logical reason for the reviewed watch to be so much more.

    • Han Cnx

      It’s worse. Glossing over it would be one thing. But we get:

      “Inside the L2 is a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, a decent movement found in many dive and sport watches.”

      Yeah. Very decent indeed for a Hamilton Khaki Scuba or Certina DS Action diver, or whatever Tissot throws at the wall next. NOT a watch that costs five grand.

  • joe Shmoe

    this morning i woke up, confirmed the gaping void in my life, and shook my fist, cursing the heavens-“why, o cruel gods, can i not find a dive watch to butch up my tender fragile wrist?!?!” i later pulled up ABTW and low and behold! my age old dilemma-solved! it’s as if they psychically knew of my plight. will wonders never cease.

  • Steve Loader

    Shame, just an unlumed second hand away from ISO 6425 compliance.
    Not that that was foremost in the designers minds I suspect.

    • Han Cnx

      Bezel is also a big #FAIL when it comes to dive watch standard compliance, which should be a: “unidirectional bezel with at least at every 5 minutes elapsed minute markings”

  • Stuart MacKenzie

    All the dialog regarding Marius in yesterday’s posts and now here’s a watch that’s practically named Marius twice! Marius de Mariusac… You can’t make this stuff up!

    • palettj

      What did Marius say yesterday to get kicked off? I went back to yesterdays chat and its gone.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        All his post from Disqus disappeared when he was banned for breaches of ABTW rules.

        • palettj

          Yes I understand that, but was there a silverbullet comment?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Not that i noticed.

          • Seems there was a long history behind the scenes of him being warned to tone it down on personal attacks and inflammatory posts based on false or out-of-context statements. Not sure which straw broke the camel’s back but he should have seen it coming. It’s too bad but still a self-induced thing.

          • Gokart Mozart

            I think it was more like silver shrapnel over time, eventually becoming the size of a bullet.

  • PR

    The moment I saw the first picture I thought of “Obris Morgan” but then the price. Holy cow even by ludicrous Swiss standards this is absurd

  • Han Cnx

    Excuse me, the price has a misprint on it, there’s an extra zero at the end. Or if it’s real, then why bother with any of this? Or am I missing something? (Like if it was all a money laundering effort then it would at least make some sense.)

    • G Street

      If you lead us, we will follow…
      We need a new leader….
      All hail Han Cnx! Marius is dead, Han Cnx!

      • Han Cnx

        LOL, thank you; I feel strangely honored. 😉

    • Mikita

      Exactly. Even for $500 I will hesitate to buy it or buy some better looking Seiko or Hamilton. But for $5,000..

  • Han Cnx

    LOL.. tough crowd here. (Just read through all the other comments.. 😉 )

  • WINKS

    Mo’reese Da Maniac doesn’t pull punches when it comes to pricing…!

  • Ross Diljohn

    How much? Are they on crack?

  • ncgh

    When I was young (1960s) the default metal for watches was a kind of brass which pitted and turned everything green, though many had stainless backs which were fine. I hated that, and wished I could afford a stainless watch but they were a lot more expensive (before the days of CNC machining.)

    Even quality gold watches were often made of a brass like metal with gold applied to the surface. I can remember my father having a gold LeCoulture that he got at retirement, but the back was engraved with his name… and it corroded through and ruined the watch.

    I can see NO reason why a person would expose bronze to salt water.

  • Mikita

    Marius de Monaciac!

  • Drazen B

    Note to the designer: Never allow bezel hash marks to be thicker than cardinal 3, 6, 9 and 12 dial markers.

    Also, if you are going to design massive bezel, make sure hands and dial are built in proportion.

    From the simple design viewpoint, this watch is a mess.

  • David Rolls

    I hate bronze watches….

  • al-nitak

    Ugly. Appalling. It’s mere existence is a crime against Horology.

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