Bell & Ross is doing something right. In fact, they are doing several things right. The French watch designer has been taking the watch world by storm since the release of the Bell & Ross BR-01 Instrument watch series several years ago. While the BR-01 took inspiration from plane instruments, the Bell & Ross BR-02 is all diver. The wearable submersible is not only a precision timing instrument ready to dive deeper than you ever will, but is also it is a handsome, masculine design well capable of continuing the reputation Bell & Ross has garnered.
Bell & Ross was formed in France very recently in watch years. Since the mid 1990s, Bell & Ross has taken a mission to make instrumentation and vintage watches cool again with often modern interpretation. All Swiss movements, and stunning design, the home run hit by the BR-01 series gives Bell & Ross the power and potential to take new risks. Never satisfied with mere image, Bell & Ross consistently provides watches that can back their image up with durability and performance. Expect to pay a premium for watches that actually back their sporty looks up with endurance in all conditions.
The BR-02 is rated at being able to withstand 1000 meters down into the deep. Who knows how deep you can really go with it, as no human will ever find out. Included among its features are an external pressure release that allows the internal pressure match the external pressure of the watch. While the watch comes in different colors and styles, I prefer the looks of the numeric version. The well crafted numbers on the face remind me of the haute Bell & Ross motif I have come to admire. On the right side of the watch are two well sized crowns. Big enough to be used with diver’s gloves, or any gloves for that matter. The upper crown is used for operating the internal rotating bezel for dive timing, or any measurement of up to 60 minutes.
A jumping hour watch is nifty device. It can be argued that a jumping hours format is even more legible than the traditional analog hand format. Essentially, jumping hours is a hybrid of analog and digital. The hours portion of the watch is done through a hour display window. There is a disc underneath the dial that features the hour numbers. The next hour literally “jumps” when the previous ends. This is the digital component. So when the time is 4:59, the next minute the 4 in the hour window jumps to 5 rather than gradually move to 5. Then, you have the analog minutes hands that revolves around the dial like a gauge. Do you have the benefit of quickly knowing the hour, and having the graceful analog indication of the minutes.
In addition to this, the Bell & Ross Vintage Jumping Hours line features a well inserted power reserve indicator. There are currently four watches in the line who share the same automatic mechanical movement that dispenses with such superfluous functions like the date or a seconds display. The watches are really nice in style and offer what I’d picture a successful industrialist would like to wear. The Bell & Ross Vintage line is really connected by a certain case style, and numeral font, which these watches share. Being on the higher end of the Bell & Ross line, these watches are constructed from either platinum or gold, or a mixture of the two.
Size of the case is modest at 39mm, but shouldn’t look too small as the bezel is relatively thin. The thicker a bezel is, the smaller the dial appears, no matter the size of a watch. You can see the two styles of watch hands which are nice in their own degree. Each and blued and plump, with some being shorter than the others. They really connect to the overall design of the watch face, which incorporates the layered look on some of the faces. These are really classy looking watches, something that Bell & Ross does a great job at. The straps are various colors of crocodile.