Offering a great mix of practicality and function dive watches are one of the most loved watch categories. And, while the market is flooded with countless variations at almost every price point, there are only a handful of options that bring forth the right blend of quality, specifications, and value. One such brand that we stand by in this regard and have had first-hand experience with in the past is Andersmann, and today we would be looking at their latest dive watch collection named Bronze.
Based in Hong Kong, Andersmann is an independent brand that specializes in producing high-quality Swiss-made dive watches that are solidly built, have powerful internals, and offer a nice bang per buck. Last year we got the opportunity to review the Andersmann Oceanmaster II, a 1000-meter diver and came away impressed, also setting our expectations high for the future. So, on that note let’s have a quick look at what these new Bronze watches have to offer.
As the name suggests the Andersmann Bronze collection comprises watches with a case made from Bronze. There are 3 new watches on offer, but before we look at the individual references let’s get the commonalities out of the way.
This version, in my opinion, looks the most cohesive of the three. The bronze-colored dial complements the case quite well displaying a nice overall uniformity. Furthermore, adding a nice pop of color is the yellow seconds hand and the ‘1000M’ text.
Measuring 44mm in diameter, 52mm lug to lug and a thickness of 16mm, the case on these new watches shares its design with the Andersmann Deep Ocean, featuring an angular case geometry with an offset screw-down crown at 4, a dive time bezel on top and an exhibition case back. But what sets things apart is its CuSn8 construction, which would not only offer great resistance against corrosion but would also make the case develop a unique patina over time because of exposure to air, humidity, etc lending the watch a distinctive identity.
The dial on the ANN0932 is a nice light Khaki green that provides a great contrast against the warm golden tone of the case. The seconds hand and the depth rating on this instance have been presented in blue.
Moving on to the dial you will notice a very familiar Sandwich style construction as seen on previous Andersmann releases with bold cut-out Arabic numerals at 12,3,9 and 6. While the face certainly has a Panerai vibe to it, what makes it special is the highly textured top layer that has been scratched individually on every dial making each watch different from the other. Another interesting detail is the way Andersmann branding has been done by deeply etching the letter ‘A’ underneath 12 instead of just printing it. Time can be read easily using the broad lume filled handset and to add some zing to the dial Andersmann has also presented the second’s hand in a bright color.
The ANN0933 features the darkest face among all. The dark chocolate brown dial matches the rubber strap and at the same time provides a nice contrast against the bronze case. The seconds hand has not been played around with on this instance to emit a slightly understated vibe.
Driving these new watches is the ETA 2892-A2. This is a trustworthy automatic movement that operates at a frequency of 4Hz and offers a power reserve of around 42 hours. It is slimmer than the ETA2824 and is the preferred choice of movement of many high-end Swiss brands such as Omega, Breitling and IWC. The movement has been decorated using some perlage on the bridges and also features a custom black skeletonized rotor with Andersmann branding. It can be appreciated through the tinted display case back. Now, onto the different variations.
In all, the new Bronze watches from Andersmann are well executed, offer some exclusivity and bring some nice variety to their dive watch catalog. The watches are also limited to only 38 pieces per model and would come attached to an FKM rubber strap and retails for USD 1,888.