Living with Bronze part 1

Living with Bronze part 1

Postby koimaster » May 4th 2018, 9:45pm

There’s no arguing that there has been an unrivaled boom of bronze in recent years – ushering in what one could only call a new “Bronze Age” in watchmaking. In part fueled by a growing love of unique and individualized timepieces, and in part by the enthusiast community on Instagram, bronze has rapidly become the new “it” metal – especially in the more approachable end of the luxury watch industry. The metal’s transformative properties run contrary to anything else in the market, having the ability to age over time, and depending on the alloy composition, the end result can vary significantly from one watch model to the next. While some will want to maintain that crisp bright bronze color as factory-fresh as possible, others are quick to find ways to force the aging process, giving their bronze watches the appearance of having spent years on the ocean floor. Much as we’ve talked about many of the beautiful bronze beasts to hit the market in recent years, we’ve yet to delve into what is really entailed when it comes to the day-to-day life of bronze watch ownership.

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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby conjurer » May 4th 2018, 10:11pm

Normally, the inner dick in me would make me proclaim to the world the bronze watches are the ultimate in ghey-osity. However, with the emerging of the more embracing Conjurer 3.0, far be it from me to call bronze a ghey material to make watches from.
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby bedlam » May 4th 2018, 11:43pm

Just. Don't.
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby foghorn » May 5th 2018, 3:17am

Bronze cases are the balls and anyone who doesn’t agree is a dick.
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby foghorn » May 5th 2018, 3:20am

Anyone who forces a patina on a bronze watch, rather than let it happen naturally, is a dick.
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby MAX » May 5th 2018, 5:13am

Yes! For once Im not a dick.

Have a bronze that is mellowing nicely and two brass, one I keep polished and the other I let naturally age. No forced patina here. I know this tread is about bronze but I look at brass in a similar light.

Green dials go great with polished brass. My heavily aged brass with black dial is very stealthy, perfect with jeans.

Brass is a great alternative when bronze is just too pricey. Great fun and interesting.
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby foghorn » May 5th 2018, 6:20am

Good to hear Max. I am not a dick either. (concerning bronze,anyways)




Subtly aging "aluminum " bronze. A nice alternative to Steel without being girlie gold.



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And the muy manly look of Cusn6 bronze,for the rugged individual whose watch is unique to the manly man who proudly displays his manly bronze watch and it's unique,natural patina. Pure and unforced. The way the manly watch Gods intended.


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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby Pubbie » May 5th 2018, 8:13am

That sure is rugged and windswept, butch and retro hetro, all checked-shirt and cowboy boots manly, for men :D
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby TemerityB » May 5th 2018, 8:45am

Ya like it, get it, ya don't, don't. But bronze should be actual bronze just like gold should be real gold - anything else is like kissing your sister.
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby Hawk » May 5th 2018, 9:29am

TemerityB wrote:Ya like it, get it, ya don't, don't. But bronze should be actual bronze just like gold should be real gold - anything else is like kissing your sister.


Yup. They're mostly bronze these days but I noticed a couple were using a brass alloy and calling it bronze. Copper plus zinc = brass, copper plus tin = bronze.

N.B. The industry group CDA (copper development association) officially recognized calling brass "bronze" which irritated my inner pedant. It was personally irritating because it complicated communication with overseas suppliers who use the dictionary definition. Especially the Italians and Portuguese - Fonderia Marchesi and Cifial specifically. Even more irritating is that BHMA wrote their entire standard with the same fuck up.
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby MAX » May 5th 2018, 10:07am

Is that Steiny the prize if you go to $50 on that other watch? LOL Beautiful watch.

CDA is smoking wacky weed to say brass alloy can be called bronze. Doesnt even feel the same to my calibrated touch.
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby iwasbanned » May 5th 2018, 10:52am

I like bronze too. CuSN8

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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby OTMF » May 5th 2018, 12:10pm

^^goddamn that's a nice fuckkin watch!!!

I keep coming back to this thread just to see it.
It's just, wel, just awesome!
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby OTMF » May 5th 2018, 12:12pm

MAX wrote:Is that Steiny the prize if you go to $50 on that other watch? LOL Beautiful watch

I think the prize is the Topper branded Wolf watch winder. I just have a feelin 😁
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby Hawk » May 5th 2018, 1:29pm

MAX wrote:Is that Steiny the prize if you go to $50 on that other watch? LOL Beautiful watch.

CDA is smoking wacky weed to say brass alloy can be called bronze. Doesnt even feel the same to my calibrated touch.


My (pre-retirement) world and welcome to it. We had one job where the spec was calling for "CDA 280 Bronze Muntz Metal". Turned out it was 60% copper and 40% zinc - about as yellow as yellow brass gets. To make matters worse CDA was used by BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association) which was subsequently incorporated into an ANSI standard thus polluting ANSI for my little world.

Fuckers.

Brass isn't bronze. In wood, Brazilian Cherry isn't cherry, African Mahogany isn't mahogany and rotgut yellow pine stained brown-ish isn't walnut.


Way long time ago a nice lady at Kearny Smelting in NJ provided me with a quick and dirty guideline: "If it's bronze a pigeon will usually shit on it". If pigeons aren't shitting on your hardware it probably isn't bronze. Exceptions exist but bronze usually has to be cast. So if you've got an extrusion or sheet it most probably isn't bronze. Bronze makes good statues, grave markers and low production cast stuff.

At least CuSn8 Phosphor Bronze has the good grace to have 7 or 8% tin making it a bronze. A nice workable bronze but bronze nonetheless.
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby foghorn » May 5th 2018, 1:33pm

The last couple times I passed through Kearney I thought I smelt something.
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby Hawk » May 5th 2018, 2:07pm

20% bronze, 80% pigeon shit.
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » May 5th 2018, 3:36pm

Ceramic case fad, bronze case fad, boring, boring, boring. Waiting for the next fad.
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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby foghorn » May 5th 2018, 3:46pm

MKTheVintageBloke wrote:Ceramic case fad, bronze case fad, boring, boring, boring. Waiting for the next fad.




Vintage fad???


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Re: Living with Bronze part 1

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » May 5th 2018, 4:07pm

foghorn wrote:
MKTheVintageBloke wrote:Ceramic case fad, bronze case fad, boring, boring, boring. Waiting for the next fad.




Vintage fad???


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It's already there. If you mean the reissues, would be good if this trend would fade out just a little bit, as then a lot of the hype for the real deals would be gone as well. And that said, less interested parties, more left for me.
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