Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Camo Watch

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Camo Watch

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Camo Watch Watch Releases

The BR 03 family of watches has stood as a cornerstone of the Bell & Ross catalog throughout the years. From Bauhaus-inspired to desert combat-ready, we continually see Bell & Ross build upon the existing concept to create watches that are meant to appeal to a wide range of enthusiasts. More recently, the brand has added the third and latest version, the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Camo, to their successful line of "camouflage watches." While it's true that most Bell & Ross models can appear rather "loud" on the wrist, this one seeks to be, well, a little more covert.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Camo Watch Watch Releases

All joking aside, the sheer number of BR 03 models can seem overwhelming for the average watch buyer. Still, I find it entertaining to watch Bell & Ross as they add more styles, incorporate different materials, and attract a diverse audience to their timepieces, all while staying true to their identity. After all, there's no doubt that the BR 03 line delivers strong brand recognition so it makes sense for them to explore the possibilities offered by the underlying design even if that just means simple aesthetic updates.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Camo Watch Watch Releases

At 42mm wide, the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Camo features the same dimensions as the rest of the BR 03 watches. In my experience, it's the most comfortable size for a Bell & Ross and the matte black ceramic case on this one should only serve to enhance wearability due to the material's lightness and the fact that one doesn't need to worry about scratching it. As a successor to the two previously released watches in the camouflage sub-collection (the BR 03-92 Phantom and BR 03-92 Commando), this model almost seems to tie in visual elements from both of them while serving as a worthy, final installment in the series.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Camo Watch Watch Releases

As I mentioned, everything about this watch is meant to fly under the radar, including the dial itself. It's entirely composed of, you guessed it, a distinct black and gray camo patchwork pattern. It's interesting to see how it works with the sandwich layout, which Bell & Ross does very well. The bottom layer is a solid disk of black Super-LumiNova that glows through the numeral cutouts of the top dial layer. Black lume is not bright like C3 or similar variants, of course - as that might give away your position to the enemy.

Together with the large sword hands, which are also coated in black Super-LumiNova, the watch takes that highly legible altimeter-like look the brand is known for... and makes it markedly less legible. We talk a lot about legibility around here, but it seems like to dwell on it for a piece like this would be missing the point. It is what it is. There's also a date window that they seem to have positioned within one of the darker camo textures for discreet integration.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Camo Watch Watch Releases

Inside the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Camo is the BR-CAL.302 automatic movement, a variant of the Sellita SW300-1 with 38 hours of power reserve. Other features include a sapphire crystal with AR coating, 100 meters of water resistance, and a stealthy, well-integrated black rubber strap that flows with the rest of the look. For an even more "tactical" look, Bell & Ross includes a synthetic fabric strap, which appears to be secured with a hook-and-loop material (i.e., Velcro), which we've seen from the brand before.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Camo Watch Watch Releases

I've actually been a fan of the Bell & Ross BR 03 series watches for quite some time. They've become archetypal for Bell & Ross, and as I mentioned, I'm happy that the brand is still experimenting with the range. While this specific version wouldn't be my first pick (I still love the Bell & Ross BR 03-93 GMT) I think the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Camo will be popular in certain circles, though it might be more destined to see action in the club than on the battlefield. The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Camo will retail for a price of $3,800bellross.com 

What do you think?
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  • ??????

    It seems like the watch was touched by Biver – marked with his sign of illegibility.

    • SuperStrapper

      Must be why it sells so well.

    • 100% Genuine Aviation Heritage

      I prefer to touch beaver rather than be touched by Biver.

      • IG

        Say cheese.

      • DanW94

        Reach out and touch Biver, horology’s own personal Jesus…..

  • SuperStrapper

    I dont think its awful, i just couldn’t imagine owning it. But, this is far from the brand’s first watch like this, and they wouldn’t keep making them unless they were selling. So they can kick back and munch popcorn at the haters hating I guess.

    • I don’t hate it – but I wouldn’t buy it.

  • Word Merchant

    I think B&R ought to try this in a round case. Keep the bezel as it is, just hack off the corners.

    • IG

      Blasphemy!

      • The BR 126 line has conventional round cases.

        • IG

          Still blasphemy…

  • Mr. Snrub

    2 tacti-cool 4 me

    Hands-on with the BRS Blue Steel or the BR 03-92 diver, please!

  • Gokart Mozart

    Shame there is no picture with the lume “on”. Or are they all pictures with the lume “on”?

    The date is too bright.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I just don’t get why people buy these watches. There is nothing i like about it at all. and that camouflage look under your pink jersey, well it’s just going to look stupid.

    • IG

      Swap your pink jersey to black – problem solved.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        If it were only that simple but the fact is unless your out on maneuvers in the jungle your gonna look like dick.

    • 100% Genuine Aviation Heritage

      you camophobe

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I am……………….i totally am.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    The price is lower than expected but still to high for a watch that will be outdated in three months. Like skulls.

  • Matthew Rowe

    High price for illegible watch with Sellita stock movement…

  • IanE

    Well, this is not such a bad idea from B&R. I mean, what is the best thing to do with an ugly, dull watch? Of course, camouflage it!

  • I like B&R. I also like to read the time. Looks like I can only pick one in this scenario.

  • Marius

    This watch is so well-comouflaged that I can barely see it. In fact, it reminds me of the time when I fought against the well-camouflaged North Korean soldiers:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9535e4eb98cd883f19d751758130b8803f21ac564d0166dcb253749a63135ac4.jpg

    • Yan Fin

      Bought myself camo pants…. can’t find them

      • IG

        How did you buy them in the first place?

  • Ross Diljohn

    I have never actually seen anyone wear this BR watch. I have seen it in magazines and a few watch stores but never actually on someone’s wrist.

    • Dave Pryor

      That’s because it’s camouflaged.

      • Ross Diljohn

        You should change your first name to Richard.

    • ??????

      I wear BR123. But it’s round.

  • To “dwell” on legibility is far from “missing the point.” If you can’t read what bloody time it is there is no point,

  • Mark1884

    I like B&R……….. but not this one.
    Pass

  • WINKS

    Fashion gimmick.

  • BNABOD

    The infamous invisible hands. If you are into camo stuff and if you enjoy squinting then this is the watch for you. I could see how it appeals to some and it is nicely made but so many other options in this price range

  • G Street

    Date window appears to be camo roulette, is darker on odd numbers from the pics. Nice touch.

  • Simonh

    Is it just my imagination or are we all spending a lot of time discussing adding camo to a watch? It doesn’t seem like a massive innovation.

    • SuperStrapper

      In case you weren’t aware, participation is not mandatory.

      • Simonh

        Agreed, my point still remains – Camo – what’s the big deal?

        • SuperStrapper

          No big deal at all. People are discussing it because it is (was) the watch de jour. You like it or you dont, and both options end with moving on.

  • Dan Baxter

    I want a watch that I can quickly glance at and know the time. This appears to be the exact opposite.

  • Shinytoys

    Love the watch…Pass on the jungle optics…

  • Ian john horwood

    Never been a fan these watches, they never apealed to me at all, and their price also always seems too expensive for what you are actually getting for your money too.

  • ??????

    To Ariel and team – any chance to get your hands on the new (3rd) Vintage collection? Far more appealing than just another square iteration of 03-92 in camo IO:
    1) BR-V1 – super slim and sexy with domed sapphire and 38.5 mm case. Just a pure no-nonsense field watch.
    2) BR-V2 – sharp looking semi-dive watch.
    3) BR-V3 – handsome chronograph with 3-9 two register layot.

    Personally, I think that BR-V1 is just perfect. Excellent size, no fake patina lume, super slim case, solid caseback with deep engraving, box type sapphire – what not to like here? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d3160f12f8f484d668fda9a4c020dd91545dc1d0cfe6ba6251b25b5fba08ef93.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/23bcf4763ed1b3b594cd797f1d09883880318f876b031d6c084a95f1df0afd7a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/efa9d9be3c355993b396ef9eec5e30b1d2d3d704b91fcaf1489d3cad728b348e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c517b6d55ad728300464b96fc9e5f3835474785b8e5c81dc582feaeae45ce9cb.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5440622ac8240463a08289c7de1656503af1b47c54765b72cad98f7bfc3d0cce.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/23bcf4763ed1b3b594cd797f1d09883880318f876b031d6c084a95f1df0afd7a.jpg

    • Yan Fin

      really like BR-V1, just googled it. Specifically, white on black date. Will also consider a Chrono, but without a bezel. Did you get BR-V1?

      • ??????

        Not yet, but really looking forward to get it. I have mixed feelings about BR-V2 & BR-V3, but the BR-V1 looks sweet from any angle IMO. I imagine it’d rock on my shell cordovan color 8 strap…

        • Yan Fin

          If you do, please consider posting a short review, just personal impressions, may be some accuracy timing.

          • ??????

            Sure, why not. If I get it – it’ll be interesting to compare it to my BR123 Vintage 2nd gen 🙂

  • Garrett Hu

    Thanks for the review. Cool looking watch and it’s definitely for someone that wants to buy a fun well made piece. You can’t really critique this as a serious watch IMHO. It’s a niche market for folks in a position to drop $3800 for a little bit of fun versus a permanent member of a watch collection. Belongs to the “Just for fun, because I can” market.

  • Phil leavell

    Hands down I buy G-Shock

  • JF Schnell

    I do like Bell&Ross and to be honest quite like their design. The color detail of this watch is the only thing that puts me a little off. Maybe one thing is to see a picture and another is to see it live

  • Ulysses31

    It’s understated, dare I say somewhat stylish, but is also the same old tired design and the same old exaggerated price.