Bronze watches have historically been something of a blindspot for me, personally. While bronze is one of the oldest metals to be used by human beings, the ubiquity of bronze watch cases is a relatively new development, and as I’ve seen them rise in popularity over the past several years, my response has been the equivalent of a shrug. Bronze, of course, ages somewhat rapidly, and develops a unique layer of patina as the case reacts with the atmosphere around it. As someone who has always put a premium on intricate case finishing in new watches, and immaculate preservation and originality (in every sense of the word) when it comes to vintage, bronze, for me, just never held a lot of interest.
When Oris announced their Divers Sixty-Five “Cotton Candy” watches at Watches & Wonders this year, it was immediately apparent that they’d hit on something that would at the very least capture the watch community’s attention for a moment, even if the watches themselves didn’t turn out to be instant classics. And in today’s watch climate, that’s honestly the best a brand can hope for. There is so much churn, and so many new watches to cover, capturing a watch news cycle (indeed, that’s a thing) is a victory. Besides, it takes time, years and years, for a watch to be considered a true classic. Show me a watch that someone (even me!) described as an instant classic, I’ll show you a watch that easily has as many detractors as enthusiastic supporters.