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Old 01-22-2012, 09:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey WatchFreeks! My name is Roland Tetenbaum and I am posting here at the great invitation from Don, who told me about this forum. Great group here, and I recognize a lot of names from other boards and places on the web! I wanted to take some time to introduce you guys to my brand, Olivier Watches, as well as introduce our first offering, the Olivier Bronze Diver 500m.

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For me the entire endeavor started at first by making the bronze buckles you see pictured for all the bronze watches out there. I had a bronze watch with a SS buckle, and I knew a lot of other people had other bronze beauties that were just begging for a matching buckle. I got together a group, and went to work getting them made, and am proud to see pictures all over the web of people using them on their watches. It was a fantastic experience to make something for the community like that, so much so that I quietly went to work on designing my own bronze diver. I didn't want to have to sell off any non essential body parts to buy a bronze diver that had the kind of specs I was looking for [great WR, timing bezel, cushion case], but just could not find anything that truly fit the criteria. It was like the buckles again, I wanted something that just didn't exist yet. So I went all in, and made it!



The result was a 45mm CuSn8 bronze cushion cased diver with a really great 48mm lug-to-lug length. I have a 6.5 inch wrist that makes wearing the larger dive watches of today a bit tricky. This interesting case geometry allows the watch to really fit any wrist big or small. Its big enough in terms of diameter to look at home on an 8 in wrist, while its lug to lug measurements allow it to fit a 6.5in wrist just as well without overlapping the wrist, the main culprit of a watch that appears just too big. It has a 4mm thick sapphire crystal AR coated on the inside, and dead on the crystal just completely melts away, it looks like nothings there at all. From a design perspective, I couldn't decide between the black insert of completely solid bronze bezel, and thought that from a buyers perspective, I wouldn't want to choose either...So im providing BOTH bezels with the watch to provide both looks without having to buy both watches. They are an easy swap if you have ever popped a bezel off, just takes a simple case back knife, or small pocketknife a minute of your time. The bezels are 120 click. All our watches will of course also come with one of our bronze buckles.







The watch is WR to 500m and features an automatic helium escape valve. It also has an 8mm signed screw down crown. The case-back is also stainless steel. A lot of people ask why SS for the case-back, or titanium and not bronze? Stainless steel is used on the case-back for anyone who dislikes bronze right on their skin, and is also used to ensure the preservation of the threading of both the case-back and crown tube [Bronze can be softer than SS or titanium depending on the alloy you use].

After launching the watch a few weeks back, I was immediately inundated with questions about different dial colors, and if there would be a no - date option. The best part about being a small company is that it allows us to really dynamically respond to customer feedback, and not long after launch, I was happy to also announce this:



3 alternate dial options; Original Black with no date window, Prussian blue, and a great dark mahogany. The Bronze Diver also comes in both Swiss 2824-2 ETA [$850.00 USD] or Miyota 8215 [$650.00 USD] varieties. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled here, you'll be seeing a review in the spring when the watches are shipping. You can visit out website to put down a pre-order and reserve a serial number if you'd like, and be sure to drop me a line here or on our website [http://www.olivierwatches.com] if you have any questions or comments! We are located beach side in Redondo Beach, California in Los Angeles, if any of you want to meet up to check out the watches in person! I've meet up with quite a few WIS already, and its my favorite part of the job. Thanks for taking the time to learn a little bit about our watches, and I look forward to spending time here getting to know all of you!


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The bronze and blue dial looks great. Can't wait to see and hear more.
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Welcome Roland. Quite an intro about your brand and first offering.

Thank you for taking the time to post that.

Looking forward to seeing more in the months to come.
Enjoy the forum as well, lots of great members here.
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Welcome Roland. I have one of your ETAs on pre-order.

Very much looking forward to receiving. The wait is going to be difficult.
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As a guy who does not like cushion case watches... this is one of the nicest models I've seen. Congratulations.

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Dont want to repeat myself from the other thread, but love the blue dial, and bezels!

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The purssian blue is very nice.
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Welcome Roland. Really glad to have you on the forum. Great looking divers. Enjoy the forum.
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verry nice!!!!! what about a black stainless band with it:c
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Roland, what kind of rubber strap is being included. It looks like a very well made rubber strap. Is it italian rubber? Dont think I have seen that particular rubber strap before.
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Hey Don! Not sure if that strap is italian rubber as it has no scent to speak of, but its a very comfortable strap. Probably polyurethane. On that note though, I do have some great news concerning straps that I will be announcing this week as soon as I cross all the t's and dot all the i's. Lets just say is smells like vanilla

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Hey Don! Not sure if that strap is italian rubber as it has no scent to speak of, but its a very comfortable strap. Probably polyurethane. On that note though, I do have some great news concerning straps that I will be announcing this week as soon as I cross all the t's and dot all the i's. Lets just say is smells like vanilla

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Just saw this on Gear Patrol.

To most in the watch community, the terms “affordable” and “mechanical dive watch” might as well be oil and water. Olivier Watches breaks this mold, offering an affordable mechanical dive watch that amazingly goes head-to-head with some of the best brands in terms of design. Founded by Roland Olivier Tetenbaum, the brand’s first watch, the aptly named Olivier, features an increasingly popular bronze treatment (a nod to Jules Verne) as well as all the prerequisites of a good dive watch including a 500M depth rating, helium escape valve and sapphire crystal. If the Swiss ETA movement is still too rich for you blood, there’s also the option to purchase a version with a Japanese quartz movement an even lower price-point.

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I'm really liking the mahogany. Goes good with the Bronze.

If I'm still around by spring I'll have to look into it.
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I'm really liking the mahogany. Goes good with the Bronze.

If I'm still around by spring I'll have to look into it.
If you still around.......where ya going? LOL
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Wow thanks for posting that Don! Just saw that myself
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I'm really liking the mahogany. Goes good with the Bronze.

If I'm still around by spring I'll have to look into it.
If you still around.......where ya going? LOL
Hopefully the Desert :t:%
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"Japanese quartz movement"?

Did they get this wrong or is this new?
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Thanks for catching that Zenrag. They got that wrong, we are not using any quartz movements. The Japanese movement option is the Miyota 8215 automatic.

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Great looking watch Roland...I'm a fan of this case design. Any plans to do a stainless steel version with this case?
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