Published on April 24th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver, even for swimmers
Bell & Ross presents the BR 03-92 DIVER, the first square shaped diving watch from the brand. The maritime expertise of the brand is born from the convergence of the knowledge and skills of designers, master watchmakers and underwater experts. The new BR 03-92 Diver watch is writing a brand new chapter in the story of the brand’s relationship with the oceanic world.
In 1997, Bell & Ross became the leader in professional diving watches with the launch of the HYDROMAX®, an iconic model which still holds one of the most impressive records in the history of diving watch production. Designed to response to the most extreme conditions encountered in professional diving, the HYDROMAX® can withstand a pressure of 1 110 bar, equivalent to a depth of 11,100 meters, thanks to a major technical innovation: a case entirely filled with a patented transparent ﬂuorinated oil.
In 2007, Bell & Ross launched a new collection specifically designed for an underwater environment, the BR 02, which is instantly recognizable, thanks to its tonneau-shaped case; its helium decompression valve and its ultra-resilient domed sapphire crystal.
In 2017, with a wealth of experience in the aeronautical and military domains, master watchmakers, designers and seasoned divers joined forces to create a new professional diving instrument. Building on the strong links forged with the maritime world, Bell & Ross unveiled an all new diving watch featuring the brand’s iconic square case: the BR 03-92 Diver, the first square diving watch created by the brand that offers water resistance to 300 meters.
The BR 03-92 Diver is a professional diving instrument, water resistant to 300 meters and driven by a Swiss self-winding mechanical movement with proven robustness and accuracy. With ergonomics perfectly designed for underwater use, the iconic Bell & Ross square case is equipped with a 60-minute calibrated uni-directional rotating bezel, whose luminescent dot at 12 o’clock is used to set time references, both on the surface and at depth. The bezel, designed for professional use, allows immediate calculation of the time spent underwater. It is unidirectional to prevent the references from being lost. If it is moved accidentally, it automatically shortens the dive time to avoid any risk.
Screwed down to withstand the pressure at great depths, the crown of the BR 03-92 Diver is equipped with a guard that guarantees complete protection against impacts and optimal water resistance. The carefully designed crown is also fitted with a rubber insert for improved ergonomics.
With its sophisticated design and uncompromised functionality, the new Bell & Ross diving watch is protected by a steel exterior to withstand the rigors of underwater exploration. The case is reinforced with a very thick back (2.80 mm on the BR 03-92 Diver, compared to 1.80 mm on the BR 03-92 Steel), once again guaranteeing extreme water resistance. Invisible from the outside, yet crucial for its reliability, the case of the BR 03-92 Diver is also equipped with a soft iron cage to increase its resistance to magnetic fields.
A further guarantee of flawless water resistance, the sapphire crystal with anti-reﬂective coating is an impressive 2.85 mm thick, compared to the 1.50 mm on the classic steel BR03-92. The deep black dial features indices in skeletonized metal appliqué filled with white Superluminova® for enhanced legibility, thanks to the maximum contrast between the black of the dial and the white of the time indications.
The hour hand is orange and the minute hand contains white Superluminova®, allowing them to be distinguished at a glance; the minute hand is also used to calculate the dive time. Finally, the second hand is also filled with white Superluminova® so that the watch’s correct operation is clearly visible, even underwater.
The BR 03-92 Diver comes in a water-resistant PELICAN® box, and is available with two straps: the first is made from woven black rubber with a steel pin buckle. The second is in ultraresilient black synthetic fabric, allowing the watch to be quickly and ergonomically adjusted over the suit thanks to a Velcro closure system.
Hours, minutes, seconds and date
42 mm in diameter
Unidirectional rotating steel bezel with 60-minute scale and black anodized aluminium insert
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 300 metres
Metal applique skeleton Superluminova®-filled numerals and indices
Woven black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric
Buckle: pin. Satin-polished steel