Pontvs: The best bronze and brass watches under $500 for men

Throughout history, bronze has been a key component for creating reliable and sturdy equipment. Cooper alloys can be easily cut and molded, and have an extremely strong resistance to corrosion; both properties which are especially useful at sea. And, well, apart from its functionality, bronze equipment has a unique look to it: distinctive, rugged, bold. We just love it and wanted to capture that beauty in our watches, while still making them affordable. Here, we would like to sum up all our designs and present to you what we proudly believe are the best bronze watches under the $500 for men. Remember: their price tag includes international shipping!

Pontvs Deep Sea Brass Diver Watches

As we said earlier, we love watches and the sea, so it was only natural that we created watches you could swim and dive with. We’ve designed three unique and distinctive bronze dive watches: the Nessi and the Hydra.

1. Pontvs Hydra: 390$

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Very few aquatic mythological beasts are as scary as the Hydra. It was described by the ancient greek myths as a massive, immortal serpent with many heads. It also had several other fearsome supernatural abilities, as well as poisonous blood and the ability to spit acid out of its mouth. Yikes.

It became famous as slaying it was one of the tasks Herakles (perhaps better known as Hercules) had to overcome to earn repentance. Of course, their battle was epic. But, as you may remember from the movie, one key attribute of the Hydra was its ability to regenerate its heads. When our hero cut one, two more would grow back and regain its place.

However, Heracles friend and trusty charioteer, Iolaus came to assist him. Iolaus used a torch to cauterize the beasts wounds, and thus preventing a new one to be grown out of it. That way, they were able to keep the beast at bay and turn the tide of the battle.

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With the Pontvs Hydra we aimed to create a fearsome, rugged bronze beast that could come on top of any challenge you throw at it, and we’ve succeeded. We’ve crafted it from naval grade blasted brass in order for it to survive the extremes. The Hydra comes in three colors: Blue, Black and Green.

Key Specs:

  • Case Size: 43mm
  • Lug to lug: 50mm
  • Movement: Automatic NH35A
  • Crystal: Sapphire with AR coating.
  • Water Resistance: 200mt / 20 ATM
  • Case Material: Naval grade blasted Brass (70% Cu) with lume application and screw down strap bars.
  • Crown: Steel with lume application.
  • Lume: Swiss C1 Superluminova.
  • Straps: 24mm NATO with brass buckles and leather with brass buckle.
  • Caseback: Blasted steel with Pontvs logo engraving, each piece is numbered.

Here you can watch a review of the Pontvs Hydra:

2. Pontvs Nessi: 390$ (Out Of Stock)

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The Nessi was our first watch, and it keeps a special place in our hearts. It is named after the famed Loch Nech Monster, nicknamed Nessie by the locals. Reports regarding a monster deep within the lake date back to the middle ages. However, much of Nessie’s popularity comes from the XXth century, where it became a popular subject amongst tabloids.

One of the few men who truly had a scientific interest in Nessie was Rupert Gould, a famed british sailor of the Royal Navy. He’s the author of The Marine Chronometer, its history and development, a highly influential book which traced the history of marine chronometers used at sea. Gould took interest after the rumors about the beast began to spread in 1933. He believed Nessie to be a Sea Serpent, and published a book on the subject, complete with iconic illustrations.

Sadly, modern age technology killed Nessie. Recent sonar scans confirmed there is no strange creature within the lake.

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Could it have lived in the past and now have gone extinct? Perhaps.

Anyway, nothing will stop us from paying homage to its myth with our Nessi Brass Diver Watch. The Pontvs Nessi comes in two colors, Blue and Green, and each has a different dial variation. You can of course swim with it: it has a 200 meter water resistance, and a beautiful unidirectional bezel. It is our biggest watch, sporting a 47mm case.

Here are its key specs:

  • Case diameter: 47mm excluding the crown - lug to lug 58mm
  • Movement: Seiko NH35 automatic
  • Case material: Blasted brass with stainless steel case back
  • Bezel: Blasted brass
  • Crown: Bronze screw down crown 10.5mm
  • Crytal: Sapphire
  • Dial: Dark Navy Blue Fume 32mm diameter Japan Super Luminova with golden rim.
  • Water-resistance: 200 meters / 660 feet / 20 ATM
  • Strap: 24mm blue leather 4.5 mm thick with tan stitching and 24mm blue camouflage rubber strap.
  • Buckle: Blasted brass.

Here you can watch a detailed review of the Nessi:



Fonderia Navale: the best Bronze Dress and pilot Watches under 500 USD

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While we love making dive watches, we know all Pontvs fans like to get fancy once in a while. Our Fonderia Navale sister brand was designed as a simple, yet bold piece to compliment any outfit. We’ve designed three watches under this line: the Condor, the Gondar and the Veneto.

3. Fonderia Navale Veneto: 350$ (Out of Stock)

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During the first half of the XXth century, nations built Battleships, mighty steel monsters that dominated the seas. Armed with 15 inch guns - or even bigger -, several secondary batteries and reinforced with several belts of armor, these vessels were both extremely powerful military assets, and amazing feats of engineering.

Amongst the ones commissioned by the Italian Regia Marina, the Vittorio Veneto saw the most action during World War II, engaging several british units during its career. It later became the Italian flagship, led by Inigo Campioni, a legendary italian admiral who was executed for his refusal to recognize Mussolini’s fake “Italian Social Republic” as the legitimate italian state. Despite its astonishing number of sorties, the Veneto survived the war, and was taken to England as a war prize.

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While the Veneto was the mightiest of Italian ships, the Fonderia Navale Veneto is our smallest watch to date. Sporting a 42mm case, it has a slender profile than the Gondar, and meant to fit a gentleman’s wrist and fill it with timeless style.

  • Case diameter: 42 mm excluding the crown - lug to lug 50 mm
  • Movement: Seiko NH35 automatic
  • Case material: Tin Phosphor Bronze for heavy-duty applications
  • Crown: Tin Phosphor Bronze screw down crown 9 mm
  • Crystal: AR Sapphire single Domed 3.5mm thick
  • Dial: 32mm diameter grained Enamel with printed Swiss Super Luminova C3 lume .
  • Water-resistance: 200 meters / 660 feet / 20 ATM
  • Case back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: 22mm brown leather 3.5 mm thick. Screw lug bars.
  • Buckle: Tin Bronze Buckle
  • Shock resistance: Shock-absorber device for balance staff

Here is a first look of the Veneto. (Currently out of Stock)

4. Fonderia Navale Gondar: 450$ (Out Of Stock)

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The Italian Submarine Gondar, itself named after the ethiopian city, was the inspiration for our first dress watch. The ship was built in 1937, and took part in several operations during the early stages of World War II.

The Gondar was part of the Adua class, and shortly after its launch it was adapted to support Siluro a lenta Corsa (SLC) Units. This were small human-manned vessels carrying highly powerful payloads, which launched from the submarine and then stealthily travelled towards its target in order to surprise them.

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The Fonderia Navale Gondar is a stealthy and straightforward bronze watch. No fancy complications, no unnecessary add-ons: just a beautiful bronze timepiece in an amazing california dial.

  • Case diameter: 44 mm excluding the crown - lug to lug 56 mm
  • Movement: Seiko NH35 automatic
  • Case material: Naval Grade Bronze (CuAl5) for heavy-duty applications
  • Crown: Naval Grade Bronze (CuAl5) screw down crown 10mm
  • Crystal: AR Sapphire single Domed
  • Dial: 34mm diameter grained Enamel with printed Swiss Super Luminova C3 lume .
  • Water-resistance: 200 meters / 660 feet / 20 ATM
  • Case back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: 24mm brown leather 4 mm thick.
  • Buckle: Custom Bronze Buckle

Here is an in depth review of the Gondar:

Why buy directly from Pontvs?

Our Pontvs store offers you free world-wide shipping of your product. We’ll provide you with a DHL tracking number. You’ll be able to use this number to check the status of your order at any given time.

And finally, we would not be a respectable watch company if we didn’t offer you a warranty. Purchases from our shop come with a full 1 year warranty. Just contact us directly, and we’ll get in touch with you!