New colors/materials for the original square dive watch.
Despite being best known for military and pilot watches, Bell & Ross cheap has long dabbled in the concept of a diver’s watch—and in some ways it could also be considered a military-oriented piece. For example, in 1997, three years after its birth, the brand launched the Hydromax, an oil-filled watch that was water-resistant to 11,100 meters. Then there is the barrel-shaped BR 02 series, fully dedicated to aquatic activities. But most importantly, in 2017, the brand successfully combined its classic square design with the functionality of a diver’s watch with the launch of the BR 03-92 Diver. The following models are available in steel and bronze, with red, green, blue, orange, luminous or black dials, and it’s time for new colors this year, Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver White and Diver Brown Bronze.
Essentially a diver’s watch has to be round…requiring a rotating bezel to measure dive times makes most watches look similar. But when your brand is named Bell & Ross and your most iconic model is a watch with a square case, the concept of a diver’s watch gets more complicated. However, building on the BR 01 and BR 03 pilot watches, in 2017 the brand released the BR 03-92 Diver, a cool diving instrument with all the necessary equipment and of course the brand’s signature design cues , which is “a circle within a square.”
The classic BR 03-92 Diver, as well as two new versions released today, is a 42mm model with a classic specification for diving tools. Square case top with 4 functional screws, unidirectional bezel with printed 60-minute scale, thick sapphire crystal printed on anodized aluminum insert, solid caseback, well-protected screw-down crown with guard , as a whole, an instrument design. To make it even better, this watch complies with the strict ISO 6425 standard for diving watches (including the 2018 revision).
The brand first introduced stainless steel with a black dial and bezel, and has since introduced several versions of the BR 03-92 Diver. We’ve seen it come in bronze cases with cool tones, such as this orange dial model, and ceramic cases with military-inspired or luminous dials, one of the brand’s recurring themes. There’s even a bronze model with a bold, original red dial. Following the success of this collection, the brand has now decided to launch two new editions, a rather classic model with a light stainless steel dial, as part of the permanent collection, and a new limited edition in bronze, this time with a brown dial.
BELL & ROSS BR 03-92 DIVER White
The first model in this 2022 collection takes classic cues and will be added to the permanent lineup. In addition to the black, blue and orange stainless steel models, the Parisian brand has also released a model this year inspired by icy oceans, polar oceans and frozen lakes…as you might guess, the dial is all white. A relatively rare shade in the B&R collection, usually in dark or earthy tones, this new version now comes with a dial that at first appears to be white, but is actually a bit more complicated.
The exact color of the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver White is creamy silver. The white matte surface of the dial is metalized to create iridescent reflections. To bring the necessary contrast, all elements of the dial – hands and application markers – are framed in black and mostly filled with light green Super-LumiNova. The rest of the dial is completely monochrome, with no color visible anywhere. The anodized aluminum insert of the bezel is also finished in classic black with silver indexes.
Power comes from the BR-CAL.302 movement, an automatic movement displaying hours, minutes, seconds and date, based on the tried-and-true Sellita SW300-1 (frequency 4 Hz, power reserve 38 hours). This version comes with a black woven rubber strap and steel pin buckle, and an extra-stretch black synthetic fabric strap is included.
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Brown Bronze
Following the launch of the first bronze BR 03-92 Diver with a black dial and bronze bezel insert in 2018, the brand has expanded on this theme with a game of colour. Thereafter, the bronze case was matched with blue, green or red, all for the dial and aluminium inserts. All limited editions of 999 pieces, the new BR 03-92 Diver Brown Bronze brings another colour and is still available in a limited edition.
While all elements are the same as the classic stainless steel model, the main difference is of course the use of CuSn8 bronze for the case and bezel. The material, long associated with the diver’s world, works well in this environment and lends the watch a warmer, perhaps less useful look. As you might expect, the watch is still water resistant to 300m and ISO compliant. In this version, the bottom cover is made of stainless steel. The dial and bezel are now brown, with rose gold-plated markers and hands to match the case color.
Inside is the same caliber BR-CAL.302 as above, this Diver Brown Bronze features brown calfskin leather with a bronze pin buckle, and an additional black woven rubber strap is included in the waterproof pelican case.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – BELL & ROSS BR 03-92 DIVER
Case: 42mm x 42mm x 12.05mm Case – Satin and Polished Stainless Steel or CuSn8 Bronze – Steel or Bronze Unidirectional Bezel, Black or Brown Anodized Aluminum Insert, 60 Minutes Index – AR Coated Sapphire Crystal – Screw Down Crown – Solid Steel Case Back, Screw Down – 300m Water Resistance – ISO 6425 Compliant
Dial: Stainless steel – frosted silver-white opaline dial, black applied indexes and hands, with green Super-LumiNova
Bronze Version – Matte brown dial, rose gold-plated applied indexes and hands, with white Super-LumiNova coating
Movement: BR-CAL.302 – Sellita SW 300-1 base – Automatic winding – 25 jewels – 4Hz frequency – 38 hours power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds and date
Strap: Stainless Steel – Black woven rubber strap with steel pin buckle, also includes extra super elastic black synthetic fabric
Bronze Version – Brown Calfskin with Pin Buckle Also Includes Additional Black Woven Rubber Strap
Reference: BR0392-D-WH-ST/SRB Steel