Published on December 13th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


PAST & PRESENT Vintages priced between RM9,600 & RM20,300

Since it was founded, Bell & Ross has taken its inspiration from the history of aviation. It has developed Vintage collections that pay tribute to key eras of the great aeronautical adventure. Each series of watches marks a milestone in its chronology. Bring them together, and they summarize the history of aviation.

Like the brand’s other collections, these professional instruments have military DNA. They meet a set of specification and requirements established by the armed forces.

Understandably, legibility, functionality and precision are priorities. These watches are also water-tight, to ensure they are suitable for aquatic environments.

The Vintage family made its debut during Bell & Ross’ first years. The watches of this collection boast a round case, the most classical of shapes. They count with a range of complications, such as chronograph, Flyback function, dual time zone, date, and even small second hands. Vintage scrupulously respects the brand’s DNA and largely draws its inspiration from military codes. It is a sort of equivalent to the BR 01, Bell & Ross’ iconic watch, but with a round case.

With this collection Bell & Ross has forged symbolic partnerships and paid tribute to several air force regiments. In 2014, Bell & Ross created a unique edition of the Vintage BR 126 Carbon model, exclusively for a troop of acrobatic skydivers from the Spanish air force (PAPEA), based in Alcantarilla (Murcia).

That same year, three chronographs paying tribute to the air forces that fought in the Second World War were released. The dials of these pilots’ watches feature a colored insignia, like those painted on the wings of the French, British and American fighter planes of the era. The Vintage Sport Heritage, with its Sixties aesthetic, was inspired by the French Falcon Mystère 20 business jet built by Dassault Aviation. It was launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this successful twin-engine jet, which first took to the skies in 1963.


This new Vintage generation has seen much innovation. A modern touch has been added to this firmly established collection by redesigning the diameter and thickness of the case. Many of its details have been reworked to combine sophistication with optimum functionality. The pushers are now screw-down and a crown protector has been added. The rounded design of the lugs blends more naturally with the new straps.


This version has a 38.5 mm diameter case, which adapts to any wrist. It is paired with an ultra-curved sapphire crystal for a truly retro look, which allows the thickness of the case to be reduced and makes the watch more comfortable to wear. It also makes it stylish and authentic. The interplay of polished and satin finishes gives it refinement and elegance.

The Black Steel features a dial with a pared-down aesthetic: white numerals on a black background. This contrast guarantees excellent legibility. This type of dial is typical of the aviation industry and the Bell & Ross style. This version has opted for discreet elegance and re ned finishes. The design of the hands brings to mind the shape of the needles on aircraft instruments. As a new feature, the counterweight for the second hand is designed to look like a stylized plane profile. This detail will be found on many future Bell & Ross watches.


This duo features an imposing 41 mm case and it is flatter than the previous generation, just like the BR V1. This collection is available with a new polished and satin- finished steel bracelet, which gives it a contemporary and sporty look.

The BR V2-92 features a mechanism with three hands that displays the hours, minutes and seconds. The bi-directional rotating bezel allows several short periods of time to be measured in a row.

The BRV2-94 is driven by a chronograph caliber. Its gradated bezel is fixed and it has a tachymeter scale. The push buttons and screw-down crown guarantee optimal water-resistance. As an elegant touch of sophistication, this duo is decorated with polished and satin finishes. These two versions are made from resilient 316L steel, offering high resistance to oxidation. Like the BR V1 models, BR V2 are also covered with an ultra- curved sapphire crystal, which allows the case thickness to be optimized.

Pared down to the essential, the dials feature iconic white numerals on a black background, ensuring excellent legibility. One of the hands is the outline of a plane. This stylish touch is Bell & Ross’ new graphic signature of and a nod to its military and aeronautical DNA.

The BR V2 is available in two versions. One has a leather strap, the other a steel bracelet. The latter has been reworked: it is now more finely wrought with a larger number of threads for more comfort. It is robust, adapts to any wrist and is equipped with a safety catch to prevent accidental release.

The BR V2-92 has a raw leather strap that gives it a natural and authentic style. This material and style hark back to the first wristwatches.

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