When talking, or writing, about any of Bell & Ross’s square watches I always encourage people to just try them on for size. Not just for a minute, but enough time for your wrist to get used to it. A 42mm square watch is significantly larger than a round watch of the same diameter, but that doesn’t mean it necessarily feels larger on the wrist. Much of the feeling of largeness comes from the strap rather than the watch. The lug width of 24mm only tells part of the story, as the standard style of Bell & Ross strap measures almost 10mm more than that at its widest and tapers down to…well, 24mm again at the buckle. The deep blue calf leather strap on the watch I’ve been enjoying is already supple and comfortable, but I don’t know how much wrist time it has seen before me. A black synthetic fabric strap is also supplied, which is one of the most comfortable straps I’ve used on any watch. The velcro fastening also means it should be easy to find your perfect fit.
Two years ago I took loan of the red and black “Coke” version of this same watch. To be completely honest that’s probably the colorway I would choose if I was to buy this watch. That colour combination is bolder and brighter, and more in keeping with my own interpretation of a classic GMT look. Although the sunburst blue dial catches the eye, the bezel colors give rise to a more conspicuous watch – even though it’s a 42mm square with polished chamfers. The watch is still an attention grabber, but perhaps a little more grown up. I’m not likely to buy either, as my own BR 03-92 AVIA covers my GMT needs, and many more besides. The BR 03-93 GMT Blue treads the fine line of staying true to the instrument inspired aesthetic Bell & Ross is famous for, while adding function and sophistication. I anticipate many will see this as too far a departure from the no-nonsense toolishness of the BR 03 line, and others will feel that this is perhaps the wrong housing for an elegant GMT watch. My own conclusion is that it manages to combine those two opposing styles successfully. Bell & Ross