After taking a look at a few different bronze-encased watches (1,2,3), it’s not much of a stretch to say, hey, why not brass?  And that’s what we have here today, courtesy of the Need Supply Co.

I will warn you though – their page lists this watch as being out of stock, so it might be just a tad hard to track down.  Now that we have that bit out of the way, lets look at the watch.  They’ve named it, simply enough, the Brass Tan Watch, and that’s what you’re getting – a brass case with a dark tan leather strap.

My initial impression was that this looks very similar in style to what Xetum has on offer – a thick, round case with an integrated strap.  Unlike Xetum, however, they’re offering a quartz movement in this watch (ETA 251.471), and this watch also only had a mineral crystal, versus the sapphire you’d see on a Tindale or Stinson.  So, while the looks of this watch are definitely intriguing, and I love the usage of another different material for the case – I’d have a hard time recommending this watch, as there are available (in other words, in-stock) options that offer you more for your money.

Specs:

  • MODEL: 301/BR-01
  • CASE: 316 Stainless Steel 42mm
  • FINISH: Fine Satin Brushed
  • MOVEMENT: Swiss Made ETA 251.471
  • LENS: Hardened Mineral Crystal
  • STRAP: Italian Calf Leather – Brown
  • WATER RES.: 5 ATM
  • ACCURACY: +/- 15 Seconds Per Month

UPDATE:  An astute reader pointed out that this watch is actually from Uniform Wares.  Once I reviewed their site, it turns out that the brass is actually a PVD finish, the case itself is made from stainless steel.  Which, while making it more durable, makes it a bit less interesting, IMO.  UW has it in stock for approx $550.

* Apologies to the Beastie Boys for mangling their lyrics for this post title

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