Welcome to our latest episode of Fratello Talks. This week, Nacho is joined by RJ and Daan, and the three delve into the divisive topic of two-tone watches. This includes any watch with a case and bracelet made of more than one metal with a distinct color difference. Though typically a combination of steel and gold, two-tone watches can also feature several other materials. This creates a rather distinct look, highlighting specific design elements of the watch and breaking from the norm of single-material watches. While this is not everyone’s cup of tea, a recent rise in the popularity of bimetal watches has pushed us to embark on this discussion. But before we set sail, let’s check out what the guys are wearing on their wrists today.

two-tone watches Omega Speedmaster Professional steel and Moonshine Gold

Wrist check

We begin with RJ, who has brought the heat with the newly released two-tone Omega Speedmaster Professional. Today, he’s wearing the steel and Moonshine Gold variant, his favorite of the two. But to him, two-tone is nothing new; RJ has a long history of appreciation for and ownership of bimetal watches. These include his Ebel Sport Classic chronograph and a rather special Seamaster that you’ll have to tune in to hear more about.

Daan is wearing his Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duoface on the trusty Casa Fagliano strap. It’s not a bimetal watch, but it does have two tones of dial and a strap featuring two materials. Does that count? We don’t think so. But it’s still a classic watch in its own right and likely one that’s better off in a single material.

Finally, Nacho is feeling sketchy, so he’s opted for his Breitling Aerospace ref. F65362. As it turns out, this watch was originally a two-tone timepiece. However, some former owner decided to replace the previously golden rider tabs on the bezel for their steel alternative. It still features golden hands and accents on the dial, unlike the all-titanium alternative, but without the tabs, it’s a watch that remains two-tone at heart.

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Fratello Talks: Two-Tone Watches

Two-tone watches are nothing new. In fact, they’ve been around for decades, with early examples dating back to the ’30s and ’40s. Looking further back, you can find pocket watches featuring bimetal cases from the ’20s and even the late 19th century. However, it seems two-tone watches peaked in popularity sometime in the late ’80s. For a time, they became the runts of watch brands’ collections, considered less desirable and even ugly by most. However, as with all things relating to fashion, trends, and taste, the cycle comes back around. Recently, two-tone watches have seen a resurgence in popularity. Today, we have a look at the topic and reveal our thoughts on bimetal watches. We run through some of our favorites but also list some that just don’t work in two-tone.

As always, we’d love to know your thoughts. Are you a fan of two-tone watches, or do you find them kitsch? Let us know in the comments below.

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