Bell & Ross this week unveils three automatic watches within its vintage-military BR-V2 collection, all equipped with NATO fabric straps. Two of the 41mm debuts are steel-cased models (one is a GMT and the other is a three-hand model with date) while the third is a bronze-cased bi-compax chronograph.
Bell & Ross is offering each new model with its own blue or green color with matching dials, bezels and straps. Two of the new watches are also available with a steel bracelet, while the bronze-cased chronograph, a limited edition of 999, is only sold with its blue NATO strap.
BR V2-93 GMT Blue
With a nod to the BR V2-93 GMT 24H launched in 2018, this latest GMT edition offers a 41mm steel case with a metallic blue sunray pattern dial. Bell & Ross has placed an aircraft-styled counterweight on the seconds hand of all these new models.
Around the dial you’ll see a bi-directional rotating bezel in two-tone anodized aluminum (grey for daytime and blue for night-time), which means the time in a second time zone (shown on a 24-hour scale) can be read using the arrow-tipped GMT hand. All four hands and all the indexes are coated with white SuperLuminova.
BR V2-92 Military Green
The BR V2-92 Military Green model is the most basic of these three debuts, with its three-hand timekeeping, date and anti-reflective matte khaki dial.
Here, Bell & Ross has treated the dial to echo those in the existing Bell & Ross “LUM” collection, which means it is treated with green SuperLuminova. And as we’ve seen in the Bell & Ross Vintage collection, this BR V2-92 is also equipped with domed sapphire crystal and a black bi-directional rotating bezel in anodized aluminum. Note that the date, in a nice military detail, is at 4.30 and is colored the same khaki green color as the dial.
BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze
To maintain the vintage décor found on the entire Bell & Ross Vintage BR Aéronavale collection, here the brand extends the look with a bronze-cased edition limited to 999 pieces.
Bell & Ross’s bronze formula, comprised of 91% copper, 7% aluminum and 2% silicon, noticeably tilts on the yellow side of traditional bronze tints.
Like other watches in the Bell & Ross Vintage series, this new BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze features a fixed bezel, here in navy blue anodized aluminum.
The watch’s blue dial, nicely set with gilt metal indexes and numerals, is a luxurious example of historic bi-compax chronograph subdials. This chronograph also features screw-down pushers and skeletonized hands coated with white SuperLuminova.
Prices: BR V2-93 GMT Blue // elastic canvas strap $3,200 // steel bracelet $3,500
BR V2-92 Military Green // elastic canvas strap $2,990 // steel bracelet $3,300
BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze // Limited to 999 PCS // $5,200
Bell & Ross BR V2-93 GMT Blue
Movement: BR-CAL.303, ETA-based automatic
Functions: hours, minutes and central seconds with second time using GMT hand. Hand rapid-setting, independent from the hour hand, date.
Case: 41mm satin-polished steel. Bi-directional bezel with 24-hour scale. Blue and grey two-color anodized aluminum disc. Screw-down crown. Sapphire case-back. Water resistant to 100 meters. Crystal: ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Dial: Blue sunray. Numerals and indices coated in white Superluminova. Metal skeletonized Superluminova-filled hour and minute hands.
Strap: grey and blue elastic canvas strap or satin-polished steel with folding buckle.
Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Military Green
Movement: BR-Cal. 302, ETA-based automatic
Case: 41mm satin-polished steel with bi-directional rotating steel bezel and anodized black aluminum ring and 60-minute scale. Screw-down crown with sapphire case-back, ultra-curved sapphire in front with anti-reflective coating. Water resistant to 100 meters.
Dial: Khaki with green Superluminova numerals and indexes. Black skeletonized hour and minute hands filled with green-colored Superluminova.
Strap: Khaki and black elastic canvas strap or satin-polished steel with folding buckle (on steel bracelet)
BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze
Movement: BR-Cal.301, ETA-based automatic
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock. Date. Chronograph features 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds.
Dial: Blue sunray. Gilded and polished numerals and indices. Satin-polished and gilded skeleton Super-LumiNova®-filled hour and minute hands.
Case: 41mm CuAI7Si2 bronze. Bezel with anodized blue aluminum ring and 60-minute scale. Screw-down crown and pushbuttons. Sapphire case back. Ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating. Water resistant to 100 meters.
Strap: Blue elastic canvas with satin bronze buckle.