While Bell & Ross has gained most of its popularity thanks to its pilot’s and military watches, the brand also has a long tradition of diver’s instruments, such as the impressive Hydromax 11,000m or the BR 02 collection. Those two are long gone now but the brand has managed a few years ago to incorporate diving elements within its iconic square design, resulting in the BR 03-92 Diver. First presented in steel, Bell & Ross quickly released it in bronze, a material that perfectly matched the overall spirit of this watch. Today, a new colour is available, with the new Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Red Bronze.
Bronze is a material that is immediately in-keeping with the marine spirit. Once used to make primitive diving equipment, it has widely been adopted by the watch industry due to its cool colour and, mostly, its capacity to gain patina over time, making these watches unique to the wearer and quite playful. First introduced in 2018 with a black dial, the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Bronze will then present a green edition in 2019 and a blue version in 2020. This year, it is time for a fully red model to join the range.
With this new limited edition, Bell & Ross retains the element that made this watch quite successful. As such, the 42mm x 42mm square case, with its round unidirectional bezel and its 4 functional screws, has been kept identical. It is still pleasantly finished, with satin-brushed surfaces highlighted by polished bevels all around. The case is made of CuSn8 Bronze, an alloy combining 92% Copper and 8% Tin that has a pink-golden colour when new. One advantage of this specific alloy, it is relatively stable will only gain marginal patina, keeping the structure of the watch intact.
The Bell and Ross BR 03-92 Diver Red Bronze is a true diver’s watch, fully equipped and ISO 6425 certified. It is water-resistant to 300m, it features a rubber-coated screw-down crown protected by guards, and an indispensable unidirectional bezel with 60-minute scale. The dial offers great contrast and large amount of luminescent material. For hypodermic reasons, the tick screwed caseback is made of stainless steel and engraved with a deep-sea diver’s helmet.
The main difference this year for this model is the addition of an unusual but quite attractive colour. Indeed, the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Red Bronze – as you’ve guessed – plays on 3 tones of red. The dial is red lacquered, the bezel is made of red anodized aluminium and the leather strap comes in a reddish-brown tone. This colour plays nicely with the hues of the bronze case. If you want to use your watch as a diving instrument, an additional black rubber strap is also included.
For the rest, no major evolutions are to be noted. The BR 03-92 Diver Red Bronze is still powered by the calibre BR-CAL.302, based on an automatic Sellita ébauche. Bell & Ross diving watches offer the perfect solutions when exploring an environment that is as fascinating, as dangerous. The maritime expertise of the brand is born from the convergence of the knowledge and skills of designers, master watchmakers and underwater experts. Each timepiece is designed to adapt to its specific surroundings.Bell & Ross has developed Diver Bronze timepieces that are perfectly in-keeping with the marine depth. After releasing a black version in 2018, a green version in 2019, and a blue one last year, the brand is now completing its shade card with red.Its case and bezel are made of satin-polished CuSn8 Bronze, an alloy combining 92% Copper and 8% Tin, that is deeply linked to diving history as it was used in the past for deep-sea helmets and naval construction. Adorning hints of pink, the bronze will age well. The patina will emphasize the authentic and unique character of this Diver watch, much-loved by collectors.Anodised red for the bezel, red lacquer for the dial and a reddish-brown strap. The 3 shades work in perfect harmony and feature a high-quality finish. As on previous versions, all the metal parts of the case are made from bronze except the case-back, which is made from stainless steel, and the anodised aluminium bezel ring.Available in a limited edition of 999, the Bell & Ross 03-92 Diver Red Bronze sports the watch’s emblem, a deep-sea diver’s helmet that is engraved on the case-back. Precious yet resistant, the BR 03-92 Diver Red Bronze is full of character and designed to accompany the gentleman adventurer both on land and at sea.The brand’s constant strive for excellence, challenge and innovation is confirmed in this elegant BR 03-92 Diver Red Bronze that meets all the standards for diving watches set by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, ISO 6425. Water- resistant to 300 metres, it is ready to conquer the depths of the ocean.
The matte brown leather strap and beige stitching confirms the watch’s authentic vintage spirit but can be replaced with a rubber strap for use while diving.