Bell & Ross Watches to Gift this Christmas
Tuesday - 14 December 2021
The young French watchmaking brand that specialises in military and aviation-inspired timepieces has really raised the bar this year with plenty of innovations to go at this Christmas 2021. We’ve seen Bell & Ross extend the BR 05 line, including a world traveller’s timepiece with a GMT function, not to mention more of the famous circle-within-a-square design and, of course, models like the Diver Red Bronze watch. Limited Edition watches were also launched like the Full Lum BR V2 94 and the eye-catching Cyber Skull watch. Now that we’re approaching the end of the year, we considered it a great idea to put together a guide to the best Bell & Ross watches for Christmas 2021.
Interestingly, despite Bell & Ross watches having a very memorable DNA that can be picked out from across the room, when it comes to making a bold statement, the prestigious manufacturer is not afraid to break the mould and this is partly to do with its heritage. Since its conception in 1992, Bell & Ross has reached several milestones, starting with the Space 1 model worn in space, the antimagnetic Bomb Disposal Type model, and the expertly developed diver’s watch – the Hydro Challenger. Yet it was not until its Aviation watch collection was released in 2005 that collectors really sat up and took note of these disruptive designs. The BR 01 collection was recognised for its unique square-shaped case encompassing a circular bezel. Fine-tuned and assembled at the company’s manufacturing facilities in La Chaux de Fonds, even the most recent of Bell & Ross watches still carry that same unique DNA, fused with state of the art technology and powered by accurate movements. Let’s take a look at the best Bell & Ross watches to invest in this Christmas 2021.
Bell & Ross Watch BR 03 93 GMT
Bell & Ross’ GMT watch has been re-thought for the design of the new BR 03 93 GMT. Its functional design echoes the colours of onboard flight instruments with a legible black and red colourway, combined with a red arrow-tipped GMT hand and 24-hour bezel. The design enables the tracking of three different time zones around the world. It is also a first for Bell & Ross. The BR 03 93 GMT marks the first time the iconic square-shaped case has been completed with a bidirectional rotating bezel. Inside the satin-finished and polished stainless steel case of the new BR 03 GMT watch is the calibre BR-CAL.303, which beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and provides a 42-hour power reserve. The 42mm model will make a perfect Christmas 2021 gift idea for those who may not only make full use of the model’s practical time zone functions but also for those who appreciate the brand’s instrument-inspired designs.
Bell & Ross Watch BR 03 92 Diver Military Ceramic Limited Edition
If you or the person you’re buying for this Christmas is a loyal fan of Bell & Ross watches, it won’t come as a surprise to learn that despite the brand’s strong roots within the field of aviation, it also has inextricable links with the diving industry, and has been gradually building on this relationship for quite some years. The new Bell & Ross BR 03 92 Diver Military watch is the ultimate camouflage watch with a khaki green dial and matte black ceramic case that mirrors the colour of the military uniform. Upon the olive green dial is an hour track and a set of hands enhanced by Super-LumiNova material. A crown guard, screw-down crown, anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass front, and comfortable woven black rubber strap all play an integral role in upholding the watch’s reputation as a superior dive watch. These combine with a 300-meter water-resistant capability and a date window nestled in between the 4 and 5 o’clock location, not to mention a unidirectional rotating bezel with a 60-minute dive scale engrained into its surface. The Bell & Ross BR 03 92 Diver Military watch is the ultimate Christmas gift for any dive watch collector this year.
Bell & Ross Watch BR 05 Auto Blue Steel Bracelet
There is a distinctly urban look and feel to appreciate about the Bell & Ross BR 05 watch series. Models like this BR 05 Blue Steel watch demonstrate this in full force. A stainless steel case, executed in a satin-polished effect, has been integrated with 100-meter water resistance and features a sapphire crystal glass caseback on the reverse of the watch to expose the performance of the BR-CAL.321 within. The movement showcases a stunning 360° oscillating weight and provides a useful 38-hour power reserve. This Bell & Ross watch is a legible, functional, reliable and precise timepiece for gifting to a loved one this year, particularly those who have followed the growth of the French brand over recent years. Its deep blue dial features applique Arabic numerals and stick hour markers, together with central hands that have been treated with Super-LumiNova material. An integrated stainless steel bracelet with a satin-polished stainless steel folding buckle complete the look of this new Bell & Ross watch, adding subtle sporty undertones to the wrist.
Bell & Ross Watch BR V2-94 Steel Heritage
For something a little more classic-looking, the rounded case of the Bell & Ross BR V2 94 Steel Heritage is a design that will raise the pulse of any chronograph lover. A small second and 30-minute sub-counter are placed in a bicompax layout at 3 and 9 o’clock receptively, whilst leaf-shaped hands against a rich black dial have been treated with a vintage-coloured sandy Super-LumiNova material to create a touch of retro charm. In addition to this, the Bell & Ross BR V2 94 Steel Heritage watch measures a 41mm diameter and features a date window at 4:30, two Arabic numeral hour markers at 12 and 6 o’clock, and a textured black rubber strap to complete its vintage look. A sapphire crystal glass exhibition feature showcases the performance of the BR-CAL.301 through its surface – a movement that provides a power reserve of 42 hours.
Bell & Ross Watch BR05 GMT Black Steel Bracelet
Bell & Ross extends its BR 05 offerings with this GMT model this year. The robust 41mm steel watch, named the BR 05 GMT, will make a great Christmas 2021 gift for those who like to travel frequently and marks the first dual time zone watch in the collection. This new watch creation is intended to enhance the wearer’s overall travel experience from time spent in the departure lounge to thousands of feet in the air. The tool watch is both elegant and ergonomic, and features a striking black sunray dial punctuated by a red arrow-tipped GMT hand, a date window at 3 o’clock, large Arabic numerals and stick markers, and a legible 24-hour scale around the flange. The quick setting of the GMT hand is independent of the hour hand whilst a screw-down crown and crown guard help to maintain the watch’s 100-meter water-resistant capability. A sapphire-backed case also exposes the automatic Calibre BR-CAL.325 through its surface, whilst a strong steel bracelet completes its tool watch look.
Bell & Ross Watch BR S Steel
Lastly, the Bell & Ross BR S 92 Blue Steel is perhaps the most understated and classic of all. Its simple dial layout evokes an elegant finish on the wrist, constituting the perfect Christmas 2021 gift for dress watch collectors. The model’s 39mm satin-polished stainless steel case frames a captivating blue dial with metal skeletonised and Super-LumiNova-coated hands. Anti-reflective coating integrated within the surface of the sapphire crystal glass grants a clear view into the dial, complete with a date aperture at 4:30. Square in shape, this Bell & Ross watch still retains that all-important instrument feel, but conveys a softer approach to timekeeping with its straightforward display and classic blue alligator leather strap, securing with a traditional stainless steel pin buckle fastening.
If you’d like more information on any of the models we’ve featured in this guide to the best Bell & Ross watches to buy this Christmas 2021 - you can give our Jura Watches sales team a call on 01335 453453 or visit our entire Bell & Ross catalogues here.