Did you know achieving serious water resistance with a square watch case is much more complex than a round one? No? Well, now you do. It is not surprising that there are many more diving watches with round cases than square ones, so fans of everything unusual applauded the launch of Bell & Ross first square dive watch, the BR 03-92 Diver in 2017. The new aesthetic proved a success and laid the foundation for several variants introduced later, including a BR 03-92 Diver variation with a square case made of bronze, presented in 2018. The new reference rides the popularity wave, adding the new dial colour to the well-appreciated BR 03-92 Diver Bronze family.
The new Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver White Bronze differs from last year’s square diver only in dial colour; the rest is the same. It is quite a cool watch, regardless of your case shape preference. Bell & Ross is very good at designing appealing pieces, and this one is super-attractive thanks to a combination of colours. The case works as a base with its warm colour; the unidirectional rotating solid bronze bezel with a 60-minute scale features a brown anodised aluminium ring, as in the BR 03-92 Diver introduced a year ago. The dial is not white but an opaline silver, almost pearl-like, depending on the light. It has the look and feel of a modern watch with plenty of technical details, and it is fully functional at depths of down to 300m.
It has already been said more than once, but it is worth mentioning anyway that bronze becomes covered with a unique patina over time, as it is considered a “living” material. The elements cause this non-ferrous metal alloy (92% copper, 8% tin) to corrode as if protecting the surface from the environment. The patina pattern is always different, meaning that each of the 999 pieces of the BR 03-92 Diver White (Brown, Red, Green, Blue, etc.) Bronze model will acquire unique features over time.
The new watch is powered by the same automatic movement BR-CAL 302 (base Sellita SW300) as before, responsible for correctly displaying time (hours, minutes, seconds) and date. The crown is screwed down for maximum water resistance and protected by a guard. The sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating protects the dial, and the caseback is solid stainless steel engraved. On the dial, applied rose gold-plated indices with Super-LumiNova inserts and gold-plated skeletonised Super-LumiNova-filled hour, minute and seconds hands work for excellent readability in the dark.
The watch looks chic, complies with the international standard ISO 6425 (“watch designed to withstand diving in water at depths of at least 100 metres and equipped with a secured measuring system”), and sells for EUR 4,800 with an interchangeable brown calfskin leather strap with an additional woven black rubber strap. The company offers (EUR 80) tools to practice strap changing at home.
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