B3 ✦ Patinated Bronze

The Patinated B3 is a bronze watch which is evocative of all that is marine and seaworthy. This is clearly seen in its colours, the inky blue of the ocean’s depths, the bronze synonymous with marine engineering and the elements of light like a night sky, complement one another and form a coherent whole. Patination, whether earned or forced, is a mark of time passed. It is a watch that reflects and represents time with both its tick and colour. It is surely an example of modern treasure.

 

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CASE

The Beater is an everyday bronze watch stripped of complications. It is designed to be worn without the anxiety of wear because the case is made to age gracefully over time. This is Batch 3 of the Bronze Beater or BBB3.

Powered by a Swiss automatic, ETA 2824-2, the watch is essentially a two and a half hander featuring our Sign-of-Life seconds hand. The case is 44mm in diameter with a deep laser engraving on the back.

One case, two finishes and you can choose. The raw bronze watch case has been precision machined right here in the UK. The bright, fresh finish will not last long as these cases are designed for those that want the grease of everyday life to change the character of the metal over time you can see in this image the material starting to ‘go off’. The patinated variety of the bronze watch case is just the same as the raw but has undergone further treatment.

Generally in the west we consider patination to be akin to dirt, therefore we polish our doorknobs, taps, plaques and ornaments. In the east, especially Japan, patination is looked upon with reverence. It is history, charm, age, grace and humanity. We chemically treat the case of this bronze watch in baths of acid and dye, with Giles’s special concoction to stabilise the finish with a coloured and burnished coating.

PATINATION

The case for this watch has been force patinated. Specifically the case has been finished with a coarse medium to increase the surface area encouraging the oxidative process. To obtain the stabilised oxide coating we dip the raw bronze into baths of dyes and acids which, after washing the cases are burnished to reveal the raw metal in select places – bezel, sides and the edges of the lugs. The patinated finish is permanent with your own scratches and chemistry adding to the character over time.

The case back of the new B3 took 120 hours of work to complete and the 3 hours of laser engraving per piece really shows in the quality of the finished article. These tiny canvases are hidden to the outside world, known only to a select group of owners and collectors.

The new crown, with its exquisite gold nail groove draws your attention to the tiny shining rim on the blue dial. This level of attention to detail is synonymous with the Schofield brand.

STRAP

You can choose any from the shop, just send us a note.

Download and print the scale drawings by clicking the strap icon below.

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GENERAL

  • Patinated bronze watch
  • Batch 3
  • Dimensions – 44mm diameter base
  • Dimensions – 42mm bezel, 35.5mm window
  • Dimensions – 15mm high (not inc lugs)
  • Weight – 128 grams with strap
  • Colour – Brown with highlights of gold
  • Crown – Double O-ring, pull out
  • Crown – Stainless steel, engraved
  • Dial – Blue within blue – looks like enamel
  • Hands – 3x Skeleton brushed gold
  • Hands – Sign-Of-Life seconds hand
  • Lume – Custom Super-LumiNova
  • Lume – C3 blue and green emissions
  • Movement – Gold ETA 2824-2, 25 jewels (upgraded)
  • Power reserve – 42 hours
  • Functions – Hours, minutes, seconds
  • Case back – Steel with complex engraving
  • Crystal – Sapphire AR coating nine layers (upgraded)
  • Crystal – Oleophobic top coat + DLC (upgraded)
  • Water resistance – 200m
  • Strap – Your choice
  • Strap bars – Steel, vapour blast
  • Buckle – Best Ever type (upgraded)
  • Buckle – Brushed or Black DLC (upgraded)
  • Serialisation – none
  • Warranty – 2 years
  • Box – Cork and Valchromat
  • Buddy Pin – SWC Type
  • British made