Baselworld 2019: First Look at the Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Blue Steel

Building on one of their 2018 releases, Bell & Ross has introduced a new color way of the BR V1-92. This clean, vintage military-inspired timepiece sports a new blue sunburst dial for 2019. As a fan of blue dials. the pop of color in the new version is a welcomed addition to an otherwise straightforward watch. When a watch is relatively straightforward (like this one), it’s the little details that matter more than ever.

Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Blue Steel

Movement: Calibre BR-CAL.302 automatic (Sellita SW300-1)
Dial: Blue sunray
Case: 38.5mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire with AR
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Brown calfskin leather
Price: $2,300


The circular steel case measures in at a conservative 38.5mm, which is spot-on for a field watch. Large enough to be quickly read, while small enough so that it doesn’t get in the way of activity. Curving downwards on either side of the watch are the lugs, which feature radial brushing on top. What stands out to me most is Bell & Ross’ choice of font for the numerals.

The rounded typeface is somewhat of a signature for the brand, and it carries over to the 3, 6, 9, and 12 indices as well as the ever-so-slightly rounded hashmarks for each hour and minute. On the dial, you’ll find the name of the brand with their signature ampersand front and center, and the word “AUTOMATIC” at the 6 o’clock position. Their integration of a date is tasteful and unobtrusive – there’s a circular window at the 4:30 position that has a wheel matching the blue of the dial. Another standout detail is the seconds hand — the end of it looks almost like the back of a jet fighter from the top down.

More color choices are always a welcomed addition, especially when it’s something as pleasing as the blue sunburst seen on the BR V1-92. Those looking for an elevated example of the military/field/pilot watch will appreciate this updated offering from Bel l& Ross. The Blue Steel ships on a brown calfskin leather strap for $2,300. Bell & Ross

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