The Bell & Ross pilot’s watch, with square case and four bezel screws, a layout inspired by cockpit instruments, has become a modern classic, occasionally copied (here is an example). In the BR0192-HERITAGE version, the dial layout is more reminiscent of an altimeter than a traditional pilot’s watch, with four large numerals in a distinctive typeface, and vintage-style hands. Dial indications are coated in sand-coloured SuperLuminova, matching the natural leather strap with printed Bell & Ross lettering and logos. Heavy-duty synthetic fabric straps are also available.
Case and movement
It’s a large piece, each side 46 mm long. Though relatively slim at 10.5 mm, it’s still a large square slab on your wrist. Smaller versions of the BR 01 are available, the BR 03 at 42 mm and the BR S at 39 mm. The caseback is solid, engraved with details about the watch, The crown is knurled, another reference to cockpit instruments. It is screw-down, which helps the timepiece attain its 100 metre water resistance rating. Inside, it has a third-party movement, the ETA 2892-2 automatic calibre, which runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hertz, with a power reserve of about 38 hours.
Price and reference
The Bell & Ross BR 01-92 Heritage is reference BR0192-HERITAGE, and costs €3,800. Read more on the Bell & Ross website.