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For 2018 Bell & Ross fly in with a new pair of classically crafted timepieces for their “Vintage” collection. Introduced originally in 2009 as a tribute to pocket watches from the Great War and flight instruments from the 1930’s.

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These are understated and efficient watches, but lack the distinctive circle in square trademark case design, we highly associate with the Bell & Ross brand. Instead they have a much more classic timepiece design, hence the “Vintage” moniker, opting to go simply round. They have actually released several pieces in this fashion recently, like the: “BR-V1 92 Military” (Ref#: BRV192-MIL-ST/SCA) model for their Vintage collection, you can read more about here; or the “BR 126 Renault Sport 40th Anniversary” (Ref#: BRV126-RS40-ST/SRB) which they developed for their Renault partnership we reviewed here.

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“BR V2-94 Garde-Côtes” (Ref#: BRV294-ORA-ST/SST) * Image courtesy of Bell & Ross

But, this new timepiece shares a similar reference number and is a direct sequel to the previous “BR V2-94 Garde-Côtes” (Ref#: BRV294-ORA-ST/SST) themed model we reviewed here, but now with a new color-scheme. It was inspired by instrument panels from 1960’s aircrafts cockpits, which explains its resolutely retro style. Encapsulating a “Vintage” spirit with the “Heritage” concept at its core. This is the third generation of the “Vintage” collection and you can clearly notice an evolution in their design, despite it being refined touches.

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The 41mm case is made of stainless-steel with a transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Mounted to the case is a stainless-steel rotating bezel with an anodized black aluminum insert ring and 60-minute scale. Equipped with crown guards and a screw-down crown, for a reinforced safety from external elements. Topped by an ultra-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, which also assists in keeping this watch water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet).

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Time is exhibited on a black dial with the Arabic numerals 3, 6, 9, 12 and hour index markers. There is also a series of smaller white printed minute index markers, circling the dial nearing the bezel. The central skeletonized hour/minute hands, Arabic numerals and hour index markers have all undergone a sand-colored SuperLuminova coating, for an enhanced legibility. This luminescent coating does give off a faux-patina look, for those that appreciate a vintage appeal. There is also a date aperture between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.

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Bell & Ross BV-92

This “Bell & Ross BV-92” (Ref#: BRV292-HER-ST) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber BR-CAL.302 with 25 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Quite possibly based on the original Sellita SW300 movement. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is either a: black rubber strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle; or a stainless-steel bracelet, secured to the wrist by a steel deployment buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Bell & Ross website here.

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MSRP: $3,200.00 USD

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The 41mm case is made of stainless-steel with a transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Mounted to the case is a stainless-steel rotating bezel with an anodized black aluminum ring and 60-minute scale. Equipped with screw-down push-buttons that allow to activate the chronograph functions and a screw-down crown between crown guards. Also topped by an ultra-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, which also assists in keeping this watch water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet).

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Time is exhibited on a black dial with hour index markers and the Arabic numerals 6 and 12. Then followed by a series of smaller white printed minute index markers, circling the dial nearing the bezel. The central skeletonized hour/minute hands, Arabic numerals and hour index markers have all undergone a sand-colored SuperLuminova coating, for an enhanced legibility. Again this luminescent coating has that aforementioned faux-patina look, which has been a growing trend in recent years. There is also a date aperture between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions and two sub-dials: a sub-seconds at the 3 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter at the 9 o’clock position.

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Bell & Ross BV-94

This “Bell & Ross BV-94” (Ref#: BRV294-HER-ST) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber BR-CAL.301 with 37 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Based on the original ETA 2894-2 chronograph movement. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 42 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is either a: black rubber strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle; or a stainless-steel bracelet, secured to the wrist by a steel deployment buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Bell & Ross website here.

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MSRP: $4,600.00 USD

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Written by Mauro Az