The most distinctive design element on a traditional dive watch is its rotating bezel; its function, to track time spent underwater. Despite Bell & Ross’s signature round-within-a-square shape, the watchmaker’s dive watches have always conformed to the archetypal round shape, with three models released between 1997 to 2007. Last year, however, the house finally introduced its first “Diver” model in black, BR03-92, set in its signature square case, and with a design inspired by the instrument panel in the cockpit of a fighter jet (previous models ran along aviation and military themes). This year, the 300-metre water resistant BR03-92 model returns with both colour and material updates — a blue steel version reminiscent of the sea and a limited edition piece in bronze. Evocative of the material used in one of the first effective standard diving helmets, this particular bronze alloy (with 8 per cent tin) is one of the most resistant of its kind. It’s also highly resilient to corrosion (think: salt water). Over time, the bronze will gain its own patina, a unique shade to complement its aged leather strap. The usual rubber strap is sold separately.
Bell & Ross BR03-92 Diver 42mm bronze watch with aged leather strap (limited to 999 pieces), $5,900.
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