Ever since I bought a sailboat a few years ago, I’ve been fascinated by bronze. Bronze, an alloy of copper and tin, is used in a number of marine applications due to it’s excellent corrosion resistance, better than stainless steel. When exposed to air it slowly forms a lovely patina, formed by oxidized bronze. This layer of oxidization also protects the rest of the metal, preventing any rust.
The exact color of this patina varies with the alloy of bronze used. From a dark green, to deep browns and purples, it never disappoints. However, many people prefer to keep their bronze clean and polished, where it reflects a shiny golden hue.
Unfortunately it’s also more expensive than stainless steel, so usually only higher end parts and equipment feature it. The same tends to be true of dive watches cased in bronze.
As of yet, a bronze diver is outside of my budget, but that doesn’t stop me from drooling over them! Here’s a selection of beautiful bronze diver’s to get your own obsession going (click the pictures to go to their site):
That enough for now? Let me know what your favorite bronze diver’s are in the comments!