If you think of Bell & Ross as a maker of primarily oversized, square-cased, aviation-oriented watches, you’re not alone. However, Bell & Ross are also the producers of a growing collection of heritage-inspired aviation pieces which they call their Vintage Collection. Now, Bell & Ross have further expanded the 38.5mm BR V range of the Vintage Collection with the new Bell & Ross V1-92, an aviation-inspired sport watch with a domed sapphire crystal and B&R’s Cal.302 automatic mechanical movement.
Clearly drawing design cues from aviation instruments and timepieces of the past, the V1-92’s dial is glossy black with faux vintage colored Super-LumiNova coated baton hour markers, a minute scale and sub divisions printed in white, as well as white printed minute markers instead of hour markers at five-minute increments. The election to go with prominent minute markers as opposed to hour markers demonstrates B&R’s dedication to the vintage flyer feel of the piece as well as a nod to historical pilot’s watches from IWC and Laco. The twelve o’clock indicator, a triangle and two dots, is also borrowed from classic pilot’s watches. A white on black date wheel is visible through a window neatly tucked into the 4:30 position – though it’s partly cutting off some of the numbers.
About those dimensions: Appearing at the Bell & Ross Watches Uk Replica BR 03-92 Diver about the wrist, an individual might not guess that it measures only 42mm wide. It might be a bizarre or subjective thing to state, but I would explain the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver as wearing more like a 44mm-wide watch. Square instances are going to wear larger than their dimensions would suggest — if you are knowledgeable about watch measurements and have a habit of imagining how a watch may suit you based on pictures and specs before viewing it in person. Perchance a corner-to-corner dimension is a good means of assessing the size of a square eye since that may better represent how much wrist real estate it occupies. I truly made an attempt to portray in some of the photos how well it wears on my 6.5″ (17cm) wrist — though I probably couldn’t pull off even a millimeter larger.Dive watches are normally chunky, and water-resistance of 300m is more or less standard nowadays for “professional dive watches” — although some manufacturers eliminate calling a 100m water-resistant watch a diver, and others take it much further to 1000m and more (Bell & Ross’ Hydromax in 1997 was rated into no less than 11,100m). Water-resistance is often understood by customers as a shorthand for or method of quantifying general durability. The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver is graded to 300m and matches all of the other ISO dive watch specifications, and also the brand emphasizes how those specifications determined the layout.
Sword-style hands, also coated in the vintage-looking Super-LumiNova, are again reminiscent of WWII era pilot’s watches from makers much older than Bell & Ross. At six o’clock we find a red circle with “M T” (to stand for “Military Type”) printed within to mimic the red colored 3H (which referred to tritium or Hydrogen-3 as a lume source) markings found on older German military watches like those made by Heuer and issued to the German Air Force. A thick, domed, anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal protects the dial and adds some vertical heft to the otherwise diminutive case.
Like the rest of the V1 watches in the Vintage Collection, the Bell & Ross V1-92 features a very straightforward, brushed stainless steel case in a traditional round shape like those seen on many vintage military watches. A 38.5mm case width keeps things feeling vintage and the modest size should allow for comfortable wear on wrists of many sizes. Ironically, many of the watches the Bell & Ross V1-92 seems to draw inspiration from were giant (as large as 55mm) having been designed to be worn over a pilot’s thick jacket. Bell & Ross clearly understand that the modern market has a place for those who appreciate vintage styling with a more wearable presence. The new Bell & Ross V1-92 Military also shares its movement with the rest of the V1 series.
Bell & Ross’ Cal. 302 is based on the Sellita SW300, a 25-jewel, 38-hour power reserve, automatic mechanical, time-and-date caliber which hums along at a standard 28,800bph. Sellita’s SW300, while not as similar as the SW200 and ETA 2824, exists as an alternative to the ETA 2892. While it isn’t a ground-breaking piece of haute horology, the Sellita based Cal. 302 should provide years of faithful and accurate service and make for easy servicing when the time comes.
A new dial for the existing V1 series, the Bell & Ross V1-92 adds yet another popular pilot’s configuration to the expanding lineup and is the only 38.5mm model with faux vintage colored Super-LumiNova, if that’s what you’re into. The Bell & Ross V1-92 Military is also not outrageously priced at $1,990 USD on a very much aviation-inspired vintage looking brown leather strap. bellross.com