You will find several Bell & Ross collections that use essentially the exact same standard case design but also in various sizes (and each having different versions). The BR 01 is a wrist-eclipsing (for me, anyway) 47mm, the BR 03 such as the one reviewed here’s 42mm, and the BR S is 39mm. There are divers in different collections — and there are more in the past, like the BR 02 — but, again, the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver is the first diver from the square case.You will have to be the final judge as to whether Bell & Ross got it directly with the BR 03-92 Diver — and I recommend you try it on first — but my conclusion after wearing it almost daily for a few weeks is that they did. The Bell & Ross instance is instantly recognizable as such, but the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver can also be only a serious-looking dive watch. It further handles to play the portion of a bold-wearing luxury sport watch with an aggressive existence — and at precisely the exact same time, it appears meaningful and down-to-earth, so the wearer does not look like he is desperate for attention. Finally, despite that boldness and existence, its dimensions and dimensions somehow keep it amazingly wearable. At least, these are my beliefs while wearing it.
A year ago, Bell & Ross introduced the third generation of its Vintage family, a line that references elements from hugely coveted but unfortunately rare military-issue watches from the second half of the 20th century. The latest series retains the large Arabic numbers but with smaller and slimmer cases, while spawning several thematic variations such as the Bellytanker and Garde-Côtes.
Now, way ahead of Baselworld 2018, Bell & Ross has unveiled the BR-V2 Steel Heritage – a two-piece range that continues to mine the vintage-inspired wave with a couple of nuanced tweaks.
Both the BR V2-92 and the BR V2-94 Steel Heritage feature a colour palette that borrows heavily from vintage dive watches, although Bell & Ross’ heritage is strongest with military aviation watches. They have black dials with sand-coloured Super-Luminova that recalls the colour of aged tritium.
The second retro element is the contrasting red depth rating on the dial – something most associated with the Rolex “Red” Submariner.
And more unusually, the Steel Heritage is available with a rubber strap moulded with a crosshatch motif that recalls the “Tropic” rubber straps of the 1960s that were similar but perforated.
Along with domed sapphire crystals, both Steel Heritage watches feature bi-directional rotating bezels, screw-down casebacks and crowns with protectors, blurring the lines between diving and aviation timepieces.
The BR V2-92 Steel Heritage measures 41mm in diameter and is powered by the BR-CAL.302, which is a Sellita SW300 that’s visible through its sapphire caseback.
Also measuring 41mm, the BR V2-94 Steel Heritage is a bi-compax chronograph with screw-down pushers. It is powered by the BR-CAL.301, which is an ETA 2892 with a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module on top.
Price and Availability
The BRV2-92 Steel Heritage costs US$2900 on rubber strap and US$3200 on bracelet. And the BRV2-94 Steel Heritage is US$4300 on rubber strap and US$4600 on bracelet.
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