The last time we visited Bell & Ross, we were talking about the new BR 05 Watch Collection. As a brand well established for their iconic square BR03 model, the refreshing round-in-square design was a talking point.
The BR 05 kept consistency at its core, in terms of legibility, functionality, reliability and precision. However, today we are going to go through the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Bronze Navy Blue Diver watch, which stands out for the choice of materials used in this diver watch.
The Satin-polished CuSn8 Bronze Case
One of the things that Bell & Ross prides itself in, is the capability of their timepieces to assist divers in all situations. We are talking about the legibility, functionality, accuracy and reliability. Taking cues from the diving industry and the ocean, the new Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Bronze Navy Blue Diver, is a combination of the two.
We all know that the marine industry uses a lot of bronze in crafting instruments and gears, and of course, the depths of the oceans are dark blue. Keeping these two elements in mind, the watchmakers have been inspired to craft the BR 03-92 Bronze Navy Blue Diver.
The deeper you go dive, the more the water absorbs the colors of the light spectrum one at a time. At about 15-feet, red color tends to fade away, and although it’s a color that will last you the longest on a dive watch, a red dial is not good for a dive. Fluorescent orange still stands a chance, but otherwise we are looking at dull greys at the deep end.
It’s only the yellows and blue that stand out the best, and truth be told, legibility in deep waters depends a lot more on contrast of colors between the hands and the dial. The thicker the hands and the brighter they will appear on a black backdrop. The monochromatic navy blue dial of the Bell & Ross watch is ideal for readability at night and day-time.
This is thanks to the gold-plated appliqué indices with Superluminova inserts.
The Movement and More
The case and bezel of this watch are of satin-polished CuSn8 Bronze, which is an alloy combining 92% Copper and 8% Tin. Over a period of time, you can expect the bronze to have tones of reddish brown or greyish green, making it unique.
Under the dial is the automatic mechanical calibre BR-CAL.302 movement. The 42 mm case features unidirectional rotating solid bronze bezel with 60-minute scale. The blue dial is teamed with gold-plated applique indices with Super-LumiNova inserts and gold-plated skeletonized Super-LumiNova filled hands.
The watch is limited to 250 pieces, supports a dive of 300 meters and comes with a blue calfskin leather and black rubber strap. Pick it for $3,900.