If anyone was overdue a new dive watch release, it had to be Bell & Ross. It’s been a full decade since the French brand released a new diver’s model and another 10 years before that.
Remember the groundbreaking (at the time) Hydromax from 1997, B&R’s first ever divers model, an oil-filled 11,100 meter water-resistant watch made with help from Sinn.
Then in 2007 Bell & Ross came out with the BR02 which got a load of attention and quite rightly, so; as it was quite unlike anything else around at the time.
In fact it still is – albeit a little dated and perhaps even unloved as B&R pretty much left it will alone and focused on other models.
Bell & Ross as a brand are best known for creating watches with their signature instrument-panel inspired designs so it would seem appropriate that their newest divers model for 2017 would use this design as a base.
This is the BR03 92-Diver which has a 42mm in diameter, satin-polished Stainless steel case housing a Bell & Ross caliber BR-CAL.302 automatic mechanical movement. Its functions incl. hours, minutes, seconds and date.
Divers features include: a unidirectional rotational steel divers bezel with a 60-minute scale and black anodized aluminum inlay. So it’s been a full 10 years and they are still using aluminum (insert puzzled face), why?!
Further divers features include: an ultra-curved Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating and a water-resistance of 300 meters.
The BR03 92-Diver has a black dial with metal applique skeleton SuperLuminova filled numerals and hour markers.
The BR03 92-Diver comes on a woven black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric strap with a satin-polished steel pin.
I must admit, I absolutely love this diver but why haven’t B&R used ceramic for the inlay? Come on guys this isn’t good enough. :(