The watchmaking brand Bell & Ross –the ultimate reference in the world of professional aviation watches– has defied all codes by designing an icon inspired by the clocks in the cockpit of an airplane: a circle within a square
When one explores the ocean, when the pressure rises as one navigates its depths, when an instrument’s readability is a matter of survival, diving watches must offer a professional, reliable and rugged solution to an environment that is as fascinating as it is dangerous. For divers, Bell & Ross has developed tools that are perfectly suited for underwater exploration. They are capable of effectively assisting divers under all circumstances. Legible, functional, accurate, robust and reliable, they meet the specific demands of professionals on the job.
Bell & Ross has a strong history of manufacturing watches for the marine realm. The HYDROMAX, designed in 1997, holds one of the most impressive records for water-resistance to 11,100 meters.
Not every watch can be a diver watch. Official regulations set out very specific criteria defining a true diving watch. The ISO 6425 standard lists a great number of obligatory technical parameters. Those include water-resistance to a minimum depth ofv100 meters; the presence of a unidirectional rotating bezel with a graduated minutes scale, an operation indicator and luminescent markers; legibility in the dark; anti-shock and anti-magnetic protection.
Drawing inspiration from the military state-of-the-art technologies
The matte black ceramic is perfectly in tune with the aeronautical codes so crucial to the Bell & Ross philosophy. In the world of aeronautics, and especially space, ceramic is predominantly used in manufacturing parts that are subjected to very high temperatures, acid attacks, corrosion and erosion. As a result, it is found in products such as thermal shields and aerospace rocket’s noses.
As part of its on-going quest for excellence, Bell & Ross has reworked the high-tech ceramic and developed a special manufacturing process in its workshops. It enhances the intrinsic qualities of this material, which is virtually scratch-proof, pleasant to wear, soft to the touch and thermo-regulated, instantly reaching body temperature when worn. Almost as tough as a diamond, the high-tech ceramic developed by Bell & Ross is incredibly hardwearing, non-deformable, lighter than steel and hypoallergenic.
Reminiscent of the antireflective finish used on aircraft instrument panels, the matte black ceramic is perfectly in tune with the aeronautical codes so fundamental to Bell & Ross. The sober design, black dial, large white numerals, shape of the hands and photoluminescent coating allow immediate reading of the time, in broad daylight as well in darkness.
This new ceramic model reaffirms the brand’s functional and utilitarian approach and emphasizes its pioneering vision. By introducing a high-tech material in its professional underwater instruments, Bell & Ross has created a new must-have toolwatch, and reinterprets the original values of the iconic BR 01.
BR 03-92 DIVER BLACK MATTE
Movement: calibre BR-CAL.302. Automatic mechanical. Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds and date. Water-resistance: 300 metres.
Case: 42 mm in diameter. Matt black ceramic. Unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel with 60-minute scale.
Straps: woven black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric.
Dial: black. Metal applique skeleton Super-LumiNova®-filled numerals and indices.
Buckle: pin. Black PVD* coated steel.