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Which do you prefer - The crown as it is or the crown PVD coated black?

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Olivier Watches is a brand new dive watch company based out of Redondo Beach, CA. The Olivier Bronze Diver 500m is the company’s first release and is available in limited numbers with the Miyota 8215 or the ETA 2824-2 movement as well as four different dial options (black, blue, and brown with a triple-date window or a black with no date window). Mine has an ETA 2824-2 with a black dial and no date window.

Unboxing photos:






Each watch comes with both an all-bronze bezel as well as a bronze bezel with an engraved black insert. I don’t particularly like the looks of the stock rubber strap so I ordered an ISOfrane rubber strap with it as well.




The watch:

The two bezels. The all-bronze bezel is probably going to be spending the majority of the time on my watch because I like how it looks more than I do with the black insert bezel mounted and I want the case and bezel to patina uniformly.




A HEV (helium escape valve) is located on the side of the case in the 9 o’clock position.




The engraved caseback. I was having a tough time with the lighting and taking a decent photo of the caseback but it was late and I didn’t really want to deal with it… so I took two and overexposed one pretty badly so you guys can get an idea of what the caseback engraving looks like in full detail.





The dial, hands, and pip are lumed with C3 Superluminova.




One detail I particularly love is the ISOfrane-style RS buckle that Olivier has manufactured and offered to go along with ISOfrane straps.




The bronze RS buckle was shipped with some patina already developed on its surface. It’s a nice preview of what’s to come for the watch case!




The obligatory wrist shot. Even at a listed case diameter of 45mm, the case’s lug-less design (giving it a lug-to-lug length of just 48mm) allows for the watch to be worn quite comfortably on my ~7.25” wrist.

 

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As for the poll... Ever since seeing photos of the prototype Olivier last year I've wondered whether I'd prefer the crown to be like it is right now in its natural SS color or if I'd prefer it to be PVD coated black, à la the Aquadive BS100. I even had a friend photoshop a couple photos I pulled off another forum for me so I could get a better idea of what a black crown would look like on the Olivier. I'm still not entirely decided one way or the other. Thoughts? Which do you guys prefer?

Thanks!




 

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If I were going to run the black bezel I think the PVD'd crown would look awesome, otherwise I'd leave it as is..
 

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Bronze gets my vote. The black looks great, but bronze patina is a wonderful look. It will become your very own one of a kind watch. BTW-Nice photos.

Enjoy your bronze,

Jeff
 
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