There are a couple of companies producing dive watches with cushion cases, and I have seen quite a few bronze divers of late, but there are not a lot of bronze divers with a cushion case. Well the Benarus Bronze Moray 42 is here to help fill that niche. Offered in two dial colors with 2 design options each, this limited production watch is a statement on your wrist.
Tucked away behind the attractive screw down case back is an anti-magnetic shield, protecting the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. The 42 mm CuSn8 bronze alloy case sits 16mm tall and is a pretty stout 153 grams. There are two color option, green and graphite, and each color comes with either a numbered version or a ‘darts version,’ with bars and darts for indices.
Personally, I like the numbers, but the graphite is sold out, with only 8 of the total run of 50 in that version. There were 26 green with numbers produced, and 8 each in the green and graphite dart versions. There are also three strap options, black, brown and red/brown leather, each with a second rubber strap for the water activities, and all are secured with screw in lugs.
The watch also has some of the other “standard” diver overkill features, like a 1,000 meter depth rating and a helium escape valve. It also has a domed sapphire crystal, which is pretty enough to make me overlook the overkill. Yes, it is over $1,000, but there are some nice features, like the domed crystal, the anti-magnetic shield, the ETA movement, and the limited production run of 50 that make it worth considering. benaruswatches.com
- Brand & Model: Benarus Bronze Moray 42
- Price: $1,320
- Who we think it might be for: Someone who wants a colorful look on their wrist.
- Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?: My favorite is already sold out.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Should have made more of the graphite dial with numbers.
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: I like bronze cases.
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