For a brand that has wedged itself in the mind of horology enthusiasts, thanks to their iconic circle in square cases and maritime beginning, it’s peculiar they have never manufactured a square diver’s watch, till now. Introducing the new “Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver”.
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The 42mm case is made of satin polished steel with a solid case back. Mounted to the case is stainless-steel unidirectional rotating bezel with a 60-minute scale engraved on it and a black anodized aluminium insert. Covered by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on it. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 300 meters (984 feet), while regular “BR 03” could only resist up to 100 meters (330 feet).
But the novelties to the iconic Bell & Ross round dial in a square case, were the inclusion of elements to reinforce its diving capabilities and meet the ISO 6425 standard for diver’s watches. The watch was put thru and passed multiple tests which included: shock, magnetism and temperature thresholds. These achievements were made possible thanks to its case back being 2.8mm thick instead of 1.8mm, like on previous models. Just like its sapphire crystal here has gone for its standard 1.55 to almost double that at 2.85mm thickness.
Also their case has been fitted with a soft iron cage that completely surrounds the movement, offering protection against magnetic fields. To the point that standard ISO 6425 requires a resistance to fields of 48000 A/m, but Bell & Ross took this several times over, to a potential 80,000 A/m resistance.
Finally we focus on the pair of crown guards that surround the rubber-coated crown. Guards like these can typically be seen on various diver watches on the horology market, to further ensure water-resistance. Here they’ve been secured to the case with screws with locking instructions engraved on them.
Bell & Ross had actually established some records within the history of professional diving with their HYDROMAX ® model launched back in 1997 with the very impressive and extreme water-resistance of up to 11.100 meters (36,417 feet). This was achieved with some innovating methods such as: stuffing the case with a patented oil, which kept it protected from high pressure and possible deep water shocks.
Then in 2007 Bell & Ross returned to its diver challenge with their “BR-02” model, with a more modest waterproof rating of 1000 meters (3300 feet). Although this model came equipped with a helium release valve and a brightly colored minute hand (just like they opted for in this new diver watch release). Forging one more step toward this new 2017 Baselworld release we’re reviewing.
Time is exhibited on a black dial with oblong & round hour index markers and circling around the dial is a series of smaller minute index markers. These diversified metal applique skeleton index markers and the steel hands have all undergone a luminescent filling, for enhanced legibility, thanks to its blue lume and forms. While the minute hand has been made to glow orange, in order to stand out when used to record elapsed diver time.
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver
This “Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver” (Ref#: BR0392-D-BL-ST/SRB) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber BR-CAL.302 with 25 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is a woven black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel satin-polished pin buckle.
MSRP: $3,700.00 USD – More info at Bell & Ross website
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