Earlier this year at Baselworld, Bell & Ross introduced the BR 03-92 MA-1 , an exemplary square-molded BR 03 model with a khaki and orange shading plan poached straightforwardly from the US Air Force MA-1 bomber jacket of 1958. With its differentiating matte khaki ceramic case and clear orange accents, this time-and-date model attracted groups to the stand and turned into a moment hit. At last accessible in shops and online for the individuals who pre-requested the watch, we invested a few active energy with the watch and this is the thing that we found…
Bell & Ross took off as a brand in 2005 after the dispatch of the square-formed BR 01 Instrument watch with its cockpit instrument-motivated looks. The BR family – presently comprised of BR 01 (46mm), BR 03 (42mm) models and BR S (39mm) – has developed extensively from that point forward and is the most pre-prominent minister of the brand. No one with an interest in watches could neglect to recognize the square profile of the BR and its obvious associations with the universe of flight and military history. For an inside and out glance at the brand and how it has developed, don’t miss this article . In 2019, Bell & Ross chose to branch out to look for motivation from other military sources and displayed the BR 03-92 MA-1 on the green nylon bomber jackets utilized by US Air Force fly military pilots from 1958. The disposition of the reversible MA-1 bomber jacket was its bright orange inside, which brought down pilots could use as a reference point to draw in Search and Rescue teams.
Squaring the circle
The particular 42mm square case with its roundabout bezel gets on the khaki shade of the bomber jacket and is made in lightweight, scratch-safe artistic. The cool, smooth surface of fired against the skin is very lovely, and the way that it has a matte completion advances the undercover/covertness military theme. Have you seen how the four screws on the dial side of the case (just brightening, mind you) are adjusted to make an undetectable X across the dial while those on the caseback (utilitarian) are most certainly not? I was somewhat worried about the 42mm x 42mm case however need to concede that the short drags go far in assisting the watch with sitting the wrist. It is huge, yet at the same time wears very comfortably.
The dial includes a similar sandwich design as the BR 03-92 Black Camo and is composed of two plates; on the most minimal level is a covering of orange Super-LumiNova while the upper khaki level highlights cutaway numerals and hour markers to allow the sweet orange sparkle to radiate through in obscurity. The punctured dial, very much like Panerai’s dials, adds an intriguing visual dimension.
Since neatness is a lifesaving highlight of a pilot’s watch, the hour and moment hands and the tip of the seconds hands are likewise treated with iridescent paint. The date window is flawlessly concealed in a small cut-out roundabout gap somewhere in the range of 4 and 5 o’clock and holds a similar khaki/orange shading plan as the dial. The calfskin leather tie further builds up the jacket’s theme, being reversible with both khaki and orange sides.
Underneath the fixed caseback is the automatic BR-CAL 302 dependent on the Sellita SW300-1, a development common to Bell & Ross time-and-date watches. Beating at 28,800vph, it has a force save of 38 hours.
This model, similar to the bomber jacket, is cool. It’s anything but a wonder of mechanics (nor does it profess to be) however a polished, stylish watch with a notable square profile and a solid aeronautics vibe.
Price and availability
The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 MA-1 is a restricted version of 999 pieces with a retail value of EUR 3,500. More information at bellross.com .