As a material, does bronze have an imposing history playing an essential role especially from around 3300 till 600 BC. During this period, which is even named the Bronze age, was the alloy made from combining tin with copper. Today these are still the main ingredients although in watchmaking, often alluminium is added as well.
The advantage of bronze is that it is very malleable and also less brittle than, for example, cast iron, so perfect for making a great variety of different objects. As the material is very resistant to corrosion from seawater, it has also played a particularly important role in maritime history.
Montblanc 1858 Geosphere bronze
While bronze makes especially sense as a material of choice for diving copy watches, due to their natural resistance against saltwater corrosion, today’s pallet of timepieces with a case made from this particular alloy is much broader.The same can be said of the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze. This watch gets a lot of flair from its oversized onion crown, and its appeal will only grow with the years, as its case develops its own unique patina.
The bronze-cased pilot watches of IWC
This is probably also why IWC Replica opted to use bronze as a case material for a range of Pilot’s Watch Spitfires. The material offers little added advantage for a pilot’s watch, as it does for a diver, but it looks so good.
As green is the predominant color that the patina will take on, IWC Pilot Replica Watch selected green dials.This gives the Pilot’s watches a completely new look, while their recognizability is maintained. It is also a testimony to the position that bronze has achieved within the watch industry. While it will probably never replace stainless steel, it has shown considerable staying power, and will most likely be able to maintain a niche of its own.