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Bronze Men’s Watch

A bronze men’s watch is becoming a popular choice again.  When you are so great that they named an era in human history after you, bronze has to be really something. After all, it was the first alloy that humans mastered smithing, a few millenniums ago. So, let’s start by giving you some precious pieces of information. We will teach you everything you need to know about bronze, and bronze watches for men specifically. 

Below we will answer a few of the most asked questions when searching for a bronze men's watch. We will discuss the history of bronze men's watches and how they became popular, as well as the drawbacks and advantages of the material itself.

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NR36SILEBRXX NR40SILEBRXX &Native men's watch with white face in silver with brown leather straps
NR36SILEBRXX NR40SILEBRXX &Native men's watch with white face in silver with brown leather straps

Native

White Dial - Brown Leather
$189.00
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NR36GMMEGUXX NR40GMMEGUXX &Native men's watch with white face in gunmetal with mesh straps
NR32GMMEGUXX NR28GMMEGUXX &Native gunmetal watch women's with mesh straps

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White Dial - Mesh
$100.00 $199.00
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NR36SILEBLXX NR40SILEBLXX &Native men's watch with white face in silver with black leather straps
NR32SILEBLXX NR28SILEBLXX

Native

White Dial - Black Leather
$189.00
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PH36SILEBRXX PH40SILEBRXX &Philosopher men's tan leather watch in silver with white dial
PH36SILEBRXX PH40SILEBRXX &Philosopher men's tan leather watch in silver with white dial

Philosopher

Brown Leather
$219.00
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PH36SIMESIXX PH40SIMESIXX
PH40SIMESIXX PH36SIMESIXX

Philosopher

Mesh
$229.00
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NR36SILEBLBL NR40SILEBLBL &Native black on black men's watch in silver with black leather straps
NR36SILEBLBL NR40SILEBLBL &Native black on black men's watch in silver with black leather straps

Native

Black Dial - Black Leather
$189.00
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NR36SILEBRNA NR40SILEBRNA
NR32SILEBRNA NR36SILEBRNA NR40SILEBRNA NR28SILEBRNA

Native

Navy Dial - Brown Leather
$95.00 $189.00
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PH36SILEBLXX PH40SILEBLXX &Philosopher men's watch with white face in silver with black leather strap
PH36SILEBLXX PH40SILEBLXX &Philosopher men's watch with white face in silver with black leather strap

Philosopher

Black Leather
$219.00
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NR36SIVEBRXX NR40SIVEBRXX &Native men's watch with white face in silver with brown vegan straps
NR32SIVEBRXX NR28SIVEBRXX

Native

White Dial - Brown Vegan Leather
$189.00
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PI42SILEBRXX &Silver men's watch with white face and brown leather strap
PI42SILEBRXX &Silver men's watch with white face and brown leather strap

Pioneer

White Dial - Brown Leather
$289.00

Native

Black Dial - Mesh
$199.00

Native

Navy Dial - Mesh
$100.00 $199.00
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NR36SILEDBXX NR40SILEDBXX &Native men's watch with white face in silver with dark brown straps
NR36SILEDBXX NR40SILEDBXX &Native men's watch with white face in silver with dark brown straps

Native

White Dial - Dark Brown Leather
$95.00 $189.00
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Infinity

Mesh
$219.00
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PH36SILEDBXX PH40SILEDBXX
PH36SILEDBXX PH40SILEDBXX

Philosopher

Dark Brown Leather
$110.00 $219.00
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NR36SI5LSIXX NR40SI5LSIXX &Native men's watch with white face in silver with 5-link straps
NR32SI5LSIXX NR28SI5LSIXX

Native

White Dial - 5-Link
$214.00
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NR36GMLEBRBL NR40GMLEBRBL &Native men's tan leather watch in gunmetal with black dial
NR32GMLEBRBL NR28GMLEBRBL &Native black dial women's watch in gunmetal with brown leather straps

Native

Black Dial - Brown Leather
$95.00 $189.00
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Native

Navy Dial - Navy Blue Leather
$95.00 $189.00
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Unika

White Dial - Mesh
$130.00 $259.00
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PH36SI3LSIXX PH40SI3LSIXX &Philosopher men's watch with white dial in silver with 3-link straps
PH36SI3LSIXX PH40SI3LSIXX &Philosopher men's watch with white dial in silver with 3-link straps

Philosopher

3-Link
$244.00
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NR36SILENAXX NR40SILENAXX &Native men's watch with white face in silver with blue leather straps
NR32SILENAXX

Native

White Dial - Navy Blue Leather
$95.00 $189.00
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Pioneer

Black Dial - Black Leather
$289.00
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UN28SI5LSIXX UN32SI5LSIXX
UN28SI5LSIXX UN32SI5LSIXX

Unika

White Dial - 5-Link
$274.00

Native

Mother of Pearl Dial - Brown Leather
$189.00
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NR28SIMESIMP NR32SIMESIMP &Native mother of pearl watch in silver mesh
NR28SIMESIMP NR32SIMESIMP &Native mother of pearl watch in silver mesh

Native

Mother of Pearl Dial - Mesh
$199.00
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NR36RGLEDBNA NR40RGLEDBNA
NR28RGLEDBNA NR32RGLEDBNA NR36RGLEDBNA NR40RGLEDBNA

Native

Navy Dial - Dark Brown Leather
$95.00 $189.00
-50%
vegan
NR36SIVEBLXX NR40SIVEBLXX &Native men's watch with white face in silver and black vegan straps
NR32SIVEBLXX NR28SIVEBLXX

Native

White Dial - Black Vegan Leather
$189.00

Pioneer

White Dial - Black Leather
$289.00
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NR36SI5LSINA NR40SI5LSINA
NR32SI5LSINA NR36SI5LSINA NR40SI5LSINA NR28SI5LSINA

Native

Navy Dial - 5-Link
$107.00 $214.00
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PI42GM3LGUXX &Nordgreen men's watch with white face and 3-link strap in gunmetal
PI42GM3LGUXX &Nordgreen men's watch with white face and 3-link strap in gunmetal

Pioneer

White Dial - 3-Link
$314.00

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Is a brass men’s watch and bronze men’s watch the same?

Absolutely not, although we understand the confusion. First, a little time-travel.

In ancient times, the island of Cyprus had rich copper mines. Of course, at that time, the name was “cuprum”, hence the modern today’s name. Both brass and bronze have a copper base, but they aren’t the same. It’s a common mistake. It goes so far, that even Google search tends to mix these two.

A few millenniums ago, blacksmiths experimented with copper by adding tin. That experiment gave them firm alloy, easy to work with, and sparkled the Bronze Age. Bronze is the most common of all the copper alloys and has a wide range of use, from ship making to the electrical industry. Also, it’s one of the few metals used for coin making, along with the silver and gold. To increase certain properties, smiths are adding other elements in traces, like nickel, in the alloy.  Bronze has lost its popularity and wideness of use, due to stainless steel nowadays. Stainless steel is more durable, more resistant, and cheaper to produce.

Brass is an alloy made from copper and zinc and some other elements in traces, like iron or aluminum. As zinc is harder to find in nature, opposite to tin. Hence, the discovery of brass took place many centuries after the bronze. However, brass wasn’t popular until the industrial revolution. Even today, brass has little to no popularity in watchmaking. 

How did bronze watches for men become popular?

One word - patina. Patina (or tarnish, for the silver watches) is a mostly green layer that appears on the objects made from bronze.  Some watch aficionados prefer the patina look. The most famous object with patina is the Statue of Liberty, that had a bright gold-ish color at the start. Actually, patina naturally forms on bronze, brass, and copper objects, by the oxidation process.  So, by giving your bronze watch some time to oxidize, you will get a timepiece with a unique look. That look works great for all the fans of vintage and retro.

The second reason is the bronze is highly resistant to saltwater. That fact made the bronze a popular choice for the diver’s watches. Also, regarding the divers, bronze isn’t that shiny, so it doesn’t attract unwanted attention under the sea. In the end, the layer of patina keeps the material from the corrosion. 

What are the downsides of bronze men’s watches?

Bronze disease

There is a thing called “the bronze disease”. Although it might sound similar to patina, the bronze disease actually ruins the bronze watches. You see, in a certain set of events that include humidity and bronze, this process starts. Although this process isn’t yet fully understood, it happens more often than you think. When the cuprous chloride in bronze reacts with water, it starts to create the hydrochloric acid. The acid starts to corrode the bronze and further reacts with the copper. You can notice that by the appearance of the green fuzz on the surface. If you don’t treat it, the acid will literary destroy your wristwatch. Also, there is no cure for this phenomenon, you can eventually slow the process. It’s funny, though, how bronze is resistant to saltwater, but not to mere humidity. Always store your bronze watches in a totally dry environment. 

Patina

Although most of the people buy bronze watches just for the patina, some people aren’t fans of it. For those people, the advice is to get some patience and learn to clean the bronze. The patina will always show, again and again, as it’s a natural oxidation process for bronze.

Skin reactions

Bronze has numerous variations, regarding the percentage of the elements added. Substantially, some contain more nickel than the others. Nickel allergy is a very common allergy that develops when your skin gets into constant contact with nickel. That means bronze watches are not hypoallergenic. Even without the nickel problem, the other factor is copper. When in longer contact with skin, bronze watches tend to leave green marks on the surface of your wrist. It’s not dangerous, though it can get pretty annoying.

Does Nordgreen offer a bronze men’s watch?

Our material of choice is stainless steel 316L. As for the watchmaking, it has serious advantages over bronze. Stainless steel is more durable, more scratch-resistant, and much sturdier than bronze. Also, it’s much more affordable, lightweight, and maybe the most important thing, hypoallergenic. However, we have a great offer on bronze-colored watches.

Gunmetal, or red brass, as it called in the United States, is actually a type of bronze. As a company that listens to our customers, we decided you shouldn’t be limited to your choice of colors. Although we don’t make watches from silver, gold, or bronze, we make beautiful timepieces in those very colors. Our Philosopher, Native, and Pioneer men’s watches come with the gunmetal choice. You can even pair them with our interchangeable straps, also available in gunmetal color. You can have all the stylish advantage of the bronze watch, without any physical disadvantages of the bronze material.

Conclusion

There is an old navy saying: “Above the sea, steel is better, under the sea, bronze is better”. Bronze watches, as pretty as they can be, just aren’t made for everyday wear. Also, they lack a certain dose style and versatility, making them a choice for just a smaller group of bronze aficionados. However, nobody can deny the beauty of them, with or without the patina.

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