While its signature cockpit instrument-inspired square case designs tend to dominate the enthusiast conversation surrounding the brand, Bell & Ross also offers a wide range of more conventional sports watch models. These more traditional models may offer a familiar silhouette, but lines such as the BR V2-92 series still carry a unique charisma, employing the brand’s overarching aviation themes with more subtlety than their squared-off counterparts. For 2022, Bell & Ross aims to expand the BR V2-92 line with a pair of vibrant new interpretations, reinventing this blend of diver and pilot’s watch cues with dynamic color and bold night diver-style sensibilities. The new limited edition Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Full Lum and the limited edition Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Orange channel some of the brand’s aggressive visual character into more classical packages, creating a pair of striking and easily wearable sports watch designs.
Both the Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Full Lum and the BR V2-92 Orange share the same 41mm stainless steel case design. Overall, the case draws heavily from the archetypal dive watch design template in images, with brightly polished slab case sides, muscular squared-off crown guards, and athletic tapering lugs. Bell & Ross begins to deviate from the classic formula with the coin edge bezel, which rotates bidirectionally and features a simplified 60-minute scale on its black anodized aluminum insert. Likewise, both the BR V2-92 Full Lum and the BR V2-92 Orange step away from true dive watches with their tolerances, offering only 100 meters of water resistance.
Bell & Ross separates the BR V2-92 Full Lum and the BR V2-92 Orange with unique dial colorways. Both models take a pilot’s watch-style approach to dial design, with sharp flieger hands, a bold outer minutes track, and a rounded mix of printed lozenge indices and large Arabic numerals at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock. For the BR V2-92 Full Lum, the brand equips this clean layout with a pale matte seafoam green base dial color, accented by creamy fauxtina lume for the hands and indices. As the name might suggest, the BR V2-92 Full Lum is a night diver-style fully luminous design, and beyond the bright glow Bell & Ross keeps this watch legible in low light thanks to two contrasting lume colors. In dark conditions, the main dial surface’s lume glows with an ice blue hue, standing out dramatically from the dial hardware’s green glow in images. The Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Orange instead relies on eye-catching color to differentiate its dial. Here, the brand uses stark white lume to complement the wild matte signal orange dial surface. This high-contrast approach gives the layout a hefty visual punch in images, reminiscent of the classic orange dial diver designs of the ‘70s. Both models offer impressively integrated date windows at 4:30, with organic circular apertures and subtle dial-matching date wheels.
Bell & Ross powers both the BR V2-92 Full Lum and the BR V2-92 Orange with the Sellita SW300-1 based BR-CAL.302 automatic movement. The BR-CAL.302’s base movement platform has been in service for many years, and this old watch industry stalwart is beginning to fall behind its more modern rivals with specifications like a below-average 38 hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. Bell & Ross fits both watches with textured tropic-style straps in black rubber to reinforce the vintage dive watch theme in images. The Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Orange is also available with an optional stainless steel H-link bracelet, featuring a gently rounded link profile and polished contrasting center links in images.
With two bright and distinctive new dial options, both the limited edition Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Full Lum and the Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Orange handsomely showcase the brand’s depth and personality outside of its core collections. Both the Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Full Lum and the BR V2-92 Orange are limited to 500 examples each, and are available now through authorized dealers. MSRP for the Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Full Lum stands at $3,800 as of press time, while pricing for the Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Orange starts at $3,500 with the rubber strap and rises to $3,800 for bracelet-equipped examples. For more information, please visit the brand’s website.