Initial Impression: Collins The Bronson

Posted on November 13 2018

Initial Impression: Collins The Bronson

If you're a guy with a beard, you probably also appreciate some of the finer things like cigars, watches and whiskey. We thought we'd mix it up and bring you some blog posts along those lines for your reading pleasure.

This is a first in a series of posts I’m calling “Initial Impressions”. These are watches I’ve come across and really like though they won’t have spent a lot of time on my wrist. Think of it as a general first impression. I won’t be bothering with watches I personally didn’t care for. The world’s too negative as it is. *cough*

I stopped by the Collins Brand booth at the District Time DC Watch Show and was immediately drawn to The Bronson. Flipping the watch over, I was delighted to find a Seiko NH35A movement shining back at me through the case back window. I’m a bit of an 8926OB butcher .. er.. I mean modder; and have a particular affinity for the NH35. But I digress. Let’s just paraphrase Dorthy to Jerry and say; “You had me at NH35”.

The 40mm bead blasted 316L case felt good in my hand. It gives the watch an overall “weight” of quality. I strapped it on my wrist to snap a pic. The leather band is superb. I had no problems putting it on. The hard part was taking it off and giving it back. The dial looks easily as good as you think it does from photos. I prefer no-date watches, but The Bronson retains classic lines without the dial being too busy. You’d have to decide what to call the indicator and hand colors, but to me, it’s not too white or too tan. Just perfect. And the lume is off the charts. As an added bonus, Collins brought along a desktop fish thank to demonstrate the water resistance.

Overall, I was very impressed. The fit and finish is superb. You can check The Bronson out here.

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