Oris recently released their retro-designed Oris Divers Sixty-Five in a limited-edition bronze version. The warm appearance of this new watch really puts in perspective the impact material has on a watch design. Could bronze be an opportunity to breathe new life into some of the classic marine inspired watch designs?
Panerai, for example, has a rich history of bronze watches. Should the established brands explore bronze further? Here are a few examples of some classics turning bronze to get your imagination going.
The TAG Heuer Aquaracer with a deep blue dial and bronze case evokes a feeling of the mystery of the deep along with the feeling of whimsical adventure that comes with the idea of diving for sunken treasure.
The Cartier Caliber Diver in bronze with an almost oxidized green leather strap is certainly something you’d expect to find on the wrist of a well traveled ship’s captain or admiral.
The Breitling SuperOcean Chrono with dark brown dial is moody and evokes the dark unknown of the endless ocean at night.
The Bremont Supermarine 500m has a bezel that is almost reminiscent of the suckers on an Octopus tentacle, and the bronzed dial looks like the watch has spent years at the bottom of the ocean.
Niklas Bergenstjerna is a freelance graphic designer and watch lover based in the south of Sweden. niklex.com