The bronze diver blitz of the past few years shows no signs of stopping in 2018, with names all over the industry using the rugged marine material in a growing variety of pieces (including some exciting early hype watches from Basel, but more on that later this week). As popular as bronze has become, it’s always commanded a bit of a premium over most steel divers—until now. BOLDR, a brand that is no stranger to the digital pages of Worn & Wound, is now offering their Odyssey Diver series in three bronze variants (the BronzeGreen, BronzeBlue and the stunning Bronze Meteoblack) all packed with features, and all at an accessible pre-order price starting at $569.
The case is obviously the star of the show: hefty, industrial, and almost brutal in its form, this chunk of bronze takes full advantage of the rougher nature of CuSn8 marine grade metal to create something that promises wrist presence both before and after patina sets in. It certainly demands attention just by size alone, measuring in at 45.5 millimeters and a beefy 14.2 millimeters thick. Capping off the angular, short-lug main case is a Panerai-style, raised-marker bronze bezel with all manner of interesting nooks and crannies for that all-important patina to latch onto.