Last month, we introduced bronze watches in “The Patina Diary”. In it, we talked about bronze as a material and showcased how oxidation and patina affected the look of a bronze watch cosmetically.


This month, we continue on our bronze journey and explore how a brand new bronze watch develops patina over the course of a month with daily wear; almost like a “before and after” project. Part of the reason we decided to expand on the bronze journey is because Eddy recently picked up his second watch from Red Army Watches, which is a bronze watch. He was more than happy to be part of this mini project of ours.

Eddy joined Red Army Watches in May 2015. As an Aftersales Care Executive, Eddy is normally found tucked away behind the scenes in our Service Centre at ATRIX. Having previously been in the line of watch retail, Eddy decided to expand his interest in watches by branching into aftersales care.

“I get to be hands on with a watch and understand how the mechanisms work. It is both interesting and challenging at the same time because the mechanisms are so delicate.”

In choosing another watch to add to his collection, Eddy considered a few other watch options before finally deciding on the Heroic18. Apart from the Heroic18, Eddy owns a Vostok Europe Expedition that he picked up roughly a year ago. 

The watch on Eddy’s wrist is the Heroic18 M9600. It is essentially similar to the Heroic18 M9100 covered in the previous post, with the exception being the dial colour. The dial of the M9600 is black while that of the M9100 is gradient green; both dials are textured.

Heroic18 M9600

Why did you choose the Heroic18?

I remember the day I first saw it, it was love at first sight. But when I decided to pick up my second watch, I had doubts that this was the one as there were so many other good watches to select from. What won me over was the bronze case, and not to mention the specifications of the watch – from the domed sapphire crystal to the sandwich dial and screw-in crown, to name but a few.

What is the favourite feature or component of the Heroic18?

Definitely the bronze case. Having the hacking seconds hand is a bonus.

What do you think about bronze watches in general?

I like how the patina makes the watch unique to the wearer. It gives the watch a certain character unlike its stainless steel or titanium counterparts per se. It is this used, beat-up, rugged look that gives bronze watches their true beauty.

How do you feel seeing the evolution of the patina?

There’s a “rainbow patina” starting to develop on my watch. The “rainbow patina” is desirable for the subtle rainbow hues found on various metals including bronze. Normally, “rainbow patina” is achieved through artificial means by using various chemicals and heat colouring treatments. The colours achieved through these processes aren’t natural; so for me, I was thrilled to see the “rainbow patina” develop naturally on my watch.

Do you miss the original lustre or do you look forward to seeing the patina develop further?

I don’t miss the original look of my watch. In any case, there are ways to restore the original lustre of bronze; for example, by polishing.

There are articles on the Internet that talk about “forced patina”. Patina takes days, weeks, months and even years to develop naturally. “Forced patina” is essentially a shortcut to rapidly develop patina by exposing the watch to chemicals. What are your thoughts about this?

I came across these articles before and I’m open to the idea of “forced patina”. I think it will yield interesting patina results and it’s something I’d like to explore in the future.

We chronicled Eddy’s watch over the course of one month to see how the patina of his brand new watch developed when worn daily.

Original Lustre of M9600

Darkened Case After Patina Starts to Develop

Patina on Crown and Crown Guards

Subtle Patina on Bezel