Bell & Ross has not forgotten about you BR02 lovers! The BR02 is Bell & Ross’s most modern dive watch and a piece that, I think, has gone too far under the radar in the last few years. It makes sense that with all their focus on vintage/heritage/original aviation pieces there wasn’t very much room in the spotlight for a thoroughly modern Bell & Ross diving watch.
Here is a bit of attention for the collection, though, in the form of two new pieces that borrow heavily from some of the coolest BR01 watches from a few years ago. I am glad that Bell & Ross looked to the BR01 All Carbon Fiber and BR01 Pro Titanium watches as a design direction for these BR02 watches. You can see what I mean by clicking on those links.
The two new watches are the BR02-92 Carbon Fiber and BR02-92 Phantom. I’m pretty sure you can tell which is which. The hands and hour indicators are very modern compared to the rest of the collection while still very legible. I think these are some really neat looking watches. The Phantom dial is especially interesting given the use of a clos du Paris style pattern on the face. These are like little repeating pyramids and not something I have seen before on any black and black watches.
You’ll recall that the BR02 has a 44mm wide steel case (PVD black-coated for the Phantom model) and is water-resistant to 1000 meters. The case has an internal rotating bezel and automatic helium escape valve. The tonneau style case is unique among dive watches and I have to say that while unorthodox in design, these sit very well on the wrist – I would gladly have one as a daily wear. These sharp designs offer a bit of new life for the BR02 collection even if Bell & Ross is borrowing from themselves. The BR02 Carbon Fiber and BR02 Phantom watches should be available soon.