Time to take a double dip with Bell & Ross as they extend their “Divers collection” with a new blue dial “BR03-92” model and a limited edition version crafted out of bronze, for 2018.
As a relatively “young” manufacturer with a horology brand founded in 1992, Bell & Ross only released their first square diving watch in 2017, in the form of the “BR 03-92” (Ref#: BR0392-D-BL-ST/SRB) in a stainless-steel case you can read more about here.
Although as the article in the previous link explains their “Hydromax” model released in 1997 was already an astonishing water-resistant watch that could reach up to 11,100 meters (36,417 feet), but it wasn’t squarely shaped. These timepieces were the starting point for an entire collection, which is now expanding to include the aforementioned two new versions in steel with a blue dial and bronze with a black dial.
The 42mm case is available in either a: satin-finished stainless-steel or satin-brushed bronze version; both of which have a solid case back. An evocative allusion to the origins of underwater adventures can be seen on these case backs in the form of an engraving of a historic diver’s helmet.
Mounted to the watches is a rotating unidirectional bezel made of either: steel with a blue anodized aluminium insert (blue dial) or solid bronze (black dial); while both bezels feature a 60-minute scale engraving. And the four corners of the case have exposed screw tops.
These cases are also equipped with an anti-shock crown-guard lock and a setting-crown that features an engraving of the ampersand “&” Bell & Ross logo with a rubber coating for a firmer grip. A subtle put much appreciated touch for all those true divers, while also providing a pleasing aesthetic touch. Water-resistance can reach up to 300 meters (984 feet), which exceeds the minimum divers requisite of 100 meters (330 feet).
One major difference between the stainless-steel and bronze option, is the fact that bronze forms patina. The option to use bronze for this diver’s collection is linked to the fact that bronze evokes the historical roots of underwater exploration, since its material was used in the past to make diving helmets.
Time is exhibited on either a blue dial (an obvious and appropriate aquatic tone) with steel applied hour index markers, followed by smaller printed white minute index markers.
Or a black dial for the bronze version with applied gold-plated hour index hours and skeletonized hand, also with smaller white printed minute index markers.
In common the central hands and hour index markers on both these models have all undergone a green luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver
These new “Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver” models (References below) are 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 either a: blue rubber strap secured to the wrist by a satin-polished steel buckle for the blue dial model (plus an extra ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric strap included); or a brown aged leather skin strap (plus an extra black rubber strap included) for the brown dial, while secured to the wrist by a bronze pin buckle. The bronze version is a limited edition of only 999 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Bell & Ross website here.
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Bronze (Ref#: BR0392-D-BL-BR/SCA)
MSRP: $3,990.00 USD
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Blue (Ref#: BR0392-D-BU-ST/SRB)
MSRP: $3,700.00 USD
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