BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
Not so long ago we showed you the new Oris Aquis with a beautiful Cherry Red dial and talked about some brands that are willing to play around with non-conventional color options. Today we have some exciting news in this regard from Bell & Ross as they have just dropped a fiery red variation of their square-shaped bronze diver BR 03-92.
The shade of red on the dial of the new BR 03-92 looks quite intriguing (at least in the pictures). It is neither too garish nor too dull and shows off some nice undertones of orange, making for a unique and exciting colorway. The layout remains identical to the other members of the Bronze Diver family. Applied, lume filled rounded rectangles and circles comprise the hour index, a sloped minute chapter ring runs on the outer periphery and broad faceted hour and minute hands along with the lollipop style seconds hands make it a breeze to read the time. And while I am not the biggest advocate of date displays especially on dive watches, I kind of like the way Bell & Ross have gone about it. The circular date window is neatly tucked between 4 and 5, keeping the symmetry of the dial intact, and the date wheel has also been nicely matched to the color of the dial, to not make it stand out.
The square-shaped case has been crafted from CuSn8 bronze and measures 42mm in diameter. It features nice rounded edges which combined with the four screws on top give the watch a distinctive look. And as square-shaped watches tend to wear slightly larger on the wrist, the case on this watch comes with short angular lugs to hug the wrist better. The case is finished well and features finely brushed surfaces for the most part complemented by a shining polished bevel running on all sides. The bezel on top of the case is a 60-click unit and comes with an aluminum insert with golden markings. The crown at 3 o’clock is threaded to ensure 300 meters of water resistance and it is protected by crown guards.
Ticking inside the watch is the caliber BR-CAL.302. Based on a Sellita automatic movement, the caliber 302 operates at 4 Hz and offers a power reserve of around 38 hours. The movement has been hidden underneath a closed case back which has been decorated with an engraving of a deep-sea diver’s helmet.
The new BR 03-92 Bronze Red is limited to just 999 pieces and can be purchased on a black rubber strap or a brown leather strap. The watch will retail for $4,600.