Bell & Ross’ motto: “From the cockpit to the wrist.” So unless you’re planning on ditching your airplane in the water and swimming to safety, what sense does a square-cased B&R diver’s watch make? Financial sense! While you contemplate the steel Gerald Genta BR05 homage, here’s their pitch for the Bell & Ross Diver:
Bell & Ross is known for making precision watches for extreme professions, and its BR 03-92 Diver is no exception.
This bronze and olive diver is made in Bell & Ross’ signature square case nodding to the roots of underwater exploring with an engraving of a 1940s diver on the case back. The combination of bronze — the diving industry’s metal of choice — and military olive green, work beautifully together to create this unique military-inspired diver.
Crafted in total compliance with military and diving requirements, the monochromatic olive dial is perfectly readable at night with the gold plated Superluminova inserts. With the Bell & Ross motto that simplicity never needs to hinder luxury, the BR 03-92 Diver Green Bronze is sleek, neo-vintage and ready to take on any dive.
Attached to its owner with an “ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric,” the bronze Bell & Ross Diver runs $3990 plus tax. The aqautic blue version on a blue rubber strap retails for a full $790 less ($3200).
B&R’s brand heritage betrayal will offend historically-minded horologists, but the B&R Ross Diver price hits the sweet spot for sub-Rolex luxury watches. The gold version is a bit nouveau riche for horophiles, but blue – the new black – creates a handsome piece with a bit of fun baked in.
Alternatively, the black-and-white BR 03-92 dive watch offers an all-business gestalt that appeals to the tool watch set. The timepiece’s matt black ceramic case is brutally beautiful in all lights and the orange hands pop. And you get 300m of dive capability – in case you want something to accompany your digital dive computer. Our choice.