Considering that many dive watches are primarily used today to tell the time on dry land, I have often felt that the deemphasized hour hands found on many are sort of a forfeit of real life usability for the sake of being taken seriously as a “real” diver. Part of the ISO standards, however, stipulate that the second hand should be more legible than the hour hand since the moments are somewhat more crucial when diving. For your Bell & Ross Replica Watches Paypal Replica BR 03-92 Diver, legibility is not hampered from the orange lume for the hour hand, but it is really deemphasized in the dark with a (much) fainter shine while every thing else (hands and mark) glows brightly green using Super-LumiNova. Also recognizable — and required for dive watch specifications — is the unidirectional rotating bezel. It is a 60-click one in the case of this Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver with a aluminum insert, and it is somewhat stiff to twist but using a good sound and texture. Bell & Ross also notes the BR 03-92 Diver’s shock resistance to professional specs, and the thicker caseback and gentle iron cage help to make the watch anti-magnetic to ISO 764 standards. The angular crown guards are just another durability-emphasizing feature. While Bell & Ross has not supplied the official measurements, because of dive watch, this will be considerably thicker than other BR 03 cases together with the dominant bezel, thicker caseback, and thicker sapphire crystal. And it is about as significant as it looks. There’s no practical reason that the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver case has to be square, but since it works so nicely in the long run, there’s also no reason it shouldn’t be, right?
The signature square Bell & Ross generally comes in two flavours – sleek and minimalist or tech-maximalist. The BR-X1 Black Titanium falls into the latter category.
Made of titanium, the case is 45mm in diameter and framed with black ceramic. The chronograph pushers are integrated into the case and pivoted on one end, functioning like rockers, a trademark feature of the X1 line.
Like the other X1 watches, this has no dial. In its place is a grey-tinted sapphire crystal that reveals the chronograph module below, along with the open-worked date wheel. Because the BR-CAL.313 movement inside is modular – made up of an ETA 2892 with a Dubois-Depraz chronograph plate – the entirety of the chronograph mechanism is visible from the front. And the chronograph module has been skeletonised, with an X-shaped bridge in the centre, to reveal as much of the movement as possible.
While the BR-X1 Black Titanium is not quite the value proposition offered by the BR V1-92 by the same maker for instance, the price tag stems from both the skeletonised movement as well as the complex case produced by G&F Châtelain. A leading specialist in cases and buckles, G&F Châtelain is a Chanel subsidiary (the Parisian fashion house also owns Bell & Ross) that also makes components for cutting edge brands like MB&F and Richard Mille.
Price and availability
Limited to 250 pieces, the BR-X1 Black Titanium (ref. BRX1-CE-TI-BLC) costs €16,900 or S$27,200. Learn more on bellross.com.