Unlike the world of fashion, horological trends tend to be glacial in pace. So, it’s no surprise to see bronze making an appearance on the new Bell & Ross BR03-92 Diver. Revered by many for its patina, the material started popping up again in recent years on watches such as the Tudor Black Bay and the Panerai Luminor.
While it’s not the first time Bell & Ross has used bronze, the fact that the brand has gone for it on its popular BR03-92 Diver collection demonstrates its faith in the material’s appeal.
The BR03-92 Diver range was launched last year in black and was the brand’s first square-cased diving watch. It became a fan favourite and showcased Bell & Ross’s ability to make professional diving instruments. The expansion of the range to include two new version, the bronze and the blue, was the natural next step.
BR03-92 Diver Bronze
The case and bezel are made from bronze and accompanied by an aged leather strap, alluding to an older era when brave men wore giant diving helmets and dove into the ocean, not knowing whether they would come up. A diver is engraved on the case-back to cement the association.
Similar to its black predecessor from last year, the BR03-92 Diver Bronze is water-resistant to 300 metres and is powered by the in-house calibre. It meets the exacting ISO 6425 standards, which essentially means that the watch can take a beating in the oceanic depths and continue ticking on land.
In person, the bronze case is quite the beautiful sight although it wears a bit big on the wrist due to the straight lugs. The appeal of bronze watches is the different types of patina it acquires based on the wearer’s own activities, so we’re curious to see the results that it will get.
The BR03-92 Diver Bronze is limited to 999 pieces worldwide.
BR03-92 Diver Blue
Just like its bronze sibling, the BR03-02 Diver Blue is powered by the same calibre and can descend 300 metres into the deep blue. Unlike the bronze, however, the blue variant has a yellow hour hand and indices coated in white SuperLuminova.
When underwater, the colours fade into one another due to the loss of light intensity. Therefore, any watch a diver wears must be legible enough to read so that he knows how much time has passed. The yellow hour hand ensures that.
The blue is gorgeous and looks a lot better in person than in pictures. While we mostly go desk diving, we can see ourselves wearing this watch on weekends during brunch along the shore line.