Our recent run-in with the green-dialed brass-cased Maranez Layan gave me an itch for all things bronze. Little did I know that I would be so susceptible to the warm and rugged charm of that soft yellow metal. What I found so appealing about it was that it brought color into the watch without being loud or adding anything precious. As such, it makes for a great alternative to the more common steel and black PVD watches I normally wear. Then there is the amazing quality of patina. Bronze forms a layer of oxidization on its surface, making the watch change and age as you wear it. This is actually a feature of the metal that protects it from corrosion, making bronze appropriate for nautical use. So, for this Pairs Well With, I sought out finding a bronze cased watch with unique styling that could lend itself to many situations and many outfits.
*it has been pointed out by various readers that the Olivier brand is somewhat defunct as of this moment, owing lots of watches to customers who pre-paid months ago, yet not communicating to them at all about the situation… As such, it is not in your best interest to get too attached to the watch shown here. That being said, the nature of the Pairs Well With post is to give you an idea of how things look together, and how to style around your favorite watch. The pairing here is about bronze watches more than the Olivier watch shown, which was just chosen as an example piece given its aesthetic value. – w&w
The Olivier diver is a particularly nice example of an affordable bronze diver. The barrel shaped case gives it a bit of a vintage feel, while the bezel and dial are sporty and functional. Interesting details like a blue seconds hand, 3-day date window and colored dials make this watch visually distinct and all the more desirable. They are also kind enough to offer their watches with either ETA 2824-2’s for $850 or with Miyota 8215’s for $650…both good deals in their own right. I find my eyes are particularly drawn to the “Prussian blue” dial variation, which has a richness of color that is hard to ignore. With this watch in mind, our resident pairing specialist, Dexter Austria, put together an out fit that would celebrate the bronze and blue combo, while staying true to the nautical roots of both the watch and the metal.