hot and cold diving

hot and cold diving

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Aimed at seasoned divers, the BR 03-92 Diver allows them to choose between the warmth of bronze and a snow-white dial.

Aviation is not the only area of ​​expertise of the French brand with military DNA. From its inception, the Paris-based watchmaker has vigorously confronted the underwater element. In 1997, Bell & Ross immediately set a water resistance record with the Hydromax: its first diver’s watch was resistant to a depth of 11,100 meters!

Ten years later, a second diver appears, equipped with a helium valve essential during saturation dives. The arrival of the BR 03-92 Diver in 2017 met with great success, appealing to both seasoned professionals and lovers of beautiful objects. In addition to being a true underwater instrument, it very quickly acquired the status of a design icon thanks to its square case, a faithful transcription of an airplane dashboard counter. Usually, diving watches are round: its angular silhouette, unusual under water, gives it a strong personality and makes it almost unrivaled. We understand better why collectors seek to bring together the versions launched each year: models in steel or bronze with a red, green, blue or black dial.

BR 03-92 Diver Brown Bronze: its pink gold-plated luminescent hands and indexes and its neo-retro style topstitched brown leather strap allow it to dive just as much into society life. 42 mm, automatic, black woven rubber strap more suitable for diving, 999 copies, 4,500 euros. ©Bell&Ross

In 2022, two new references have joined the athletic family. The first is a warm brown version of the Diver Bronze. Its classic color blends harmoniously with the coppery appearance of the case and opens the doors to chic evenings by creating an elegantly neo-vintage ensemble. The resistance of bronze and its maritime past (porthole, propeller, sextant of old ships) make it a legitimate choice for a diver’s watch. Composed of 92% copper and 8% tin, the one used by Bell & Ross evolves towards a pink hue, always unique depending on the weather and the environment.

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The second novelty sports an immaculate colour, evocative of frozen aquatic worlds that fascinate divers. The BR 03-92 Diver White will be able to accompany them there without shuddering, since its ultra-robust construction and its caliber withstand extremely low temperatures very well. White is a rather rare color at Bell & Ross, even if it is, in fact, an opaline silver with iridescent reflections obtained by metallization. “Our dials are usually dark,” concedes Bruno Belamich, creative director and co-founder of the brand. “This sought-after finish lends nobility to the watch and conveys its top-of-the-range quality. »

Bell&Ross: here is the BR 03-92 Diver White
It does more than evoke cold and purity: the BR 03-92 Diver White perfectly meets the requirements of divers who want to explore the polar oceans and frozen lakes. 42 mm, steel, automatic, woven black rubber and ultra-resistant synthetic canvas straps, 3,800 euros. ©Bell&Ross

The two new heroines of the depths not only share an in-house design and a robust automatic movement protected from shocks, magnetism and cold. They also meet all the criteria of the ISO 6425 international standard for diver’s watches: water resistance to 300 m, high visibility under water, unidirectional graduated rotating bezel with luminescent dot at 12 o’clock allowing decompression stops to be calculated, screw-down crown, protective – crown to avoid involuntary manipulations, thick sapphire crystal, etc. Symbols of the challenges defended by the watchmaker Bell & Ross, they are delivered in the impressive “Pelican Box”, a waterproof and indestructible suitcase box!

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On the back, a diver’s helmet, a historic symbol of scuba diving.

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