Panerai’s introduction of the bronze PAM 382 in 2011 sparked a wave of new interest in bronze-cased watches. Panerai itself even decided to roll out Act II in 2013, introducing the bronze PAM 507 at SIHH earlier this year. For those of you who want your own a patina-ready piece, but don’t like Panerai or simply prefer something different or more affordable, here are a few interesting choices to consider, in order of lowest to highest price.
The Archimede is a Pilot-style watch, which is an interesting departure from the dive-watch theme as we have seen with the bronze watches. Automatic movement Eta 2824-2. A version with without logo, no date, and blue luminous hands is also available. Priced from € 470 (€ 560 with VAT).
Archimede Pilot 42 Bronze
Check it out and order at: Archimede Pilot 42 Bronze.
The second is from Kazimon is a very small brand, but with a quality offering and loyal following. This piece is, last I heard, limited to just 10 pieces. I haven’t seen official specs on this, but the movement is I believe an ETA 2824-2. Price is a bit more, $3000 / € 2290. Sharp looking watch though, eh?
Kazimon Nautilus II
Lastly, Anonimo Firenze, like Panerai an Italian brand. Automatic Sellita SW200-1, 46.5mm case. At $7,950 his one is priced a bit proud, IMHO, but still more reachable than a Panerai.
Anonimo Marlin Bronze
Anonimo actually has quite a selection of bronze-cased watches. Check them all out on the Anonimo website.
I guess for these last couple pieces, “budget” is a relative term, but still much more reachable than Panerai’s bronzos. Got any more good bronze-cased watches you care to recommend to Perpetuelle readers? Leave a comment below.