Lately, I acquired the opportunity to get a new Bell & Ross BR02-92 Professional Dial dive watch thanks to a closing lower purchase in a high-finish watch shop in Kl. The discount am deep the official receipt maintained the suggest retail cost of MYR15, 700 (roughly USD5, 138 @24 April 2013) because the Approved Dealer didn’t what to get involved with challenge with the main, B&R. Anyway, that’s a neat story which I may cover in another article.
The form from the BR02 is really a mix between your legendary square situation from the Aviation series and also the traditional round situation from the Vintage series. Combined by having an internal bezel rather than exterior like other typical watches for diving, it is extremely common for individuals to initially assume that it is a sports watch or perhaps a dress watch before realizing it is true design role.
This can be a serious tool watch. In a position to withstand hydrostatic pressure as much as 1,000 meters deep by having an automatic helium escape valve mechanism in position, this watch is really a true divers’ watch. Regardless of the BR02 getting a 44mm wide steel situation while using 316L stainless compound, the initial form of the timepiece casing hides the dimensions easily. Additionally, it sits around the wrist very easily. This specific model is PVD black-covered.
The model has the standard rubber strap using the brand initials “BR” conspicuously placed. The bend form of the strap because it combines superbly using the unique casing helps make the whole package looks awesome. B&R offer another canvas strap with this particular watch. However, although sufficient to do the job at hands, it’s not as superbly designed because the rubber piece. Regrettably, this means it might be nearly impossible to find after-market straps that may replicate the symmetry from the original rubber piece.
The BR02 dial is clean aside from the date window close to the 5 o’clock position. The glass is anti-reflective azure. Because of the depth rating, in my opinion the very must exceed the three mm thickness along with a slight curvature (begin to see the second photo below) could be discovered. The anti-reflective treatment seems to become working perfectly as possible easily begin to see the dial with no problems of refraction.
The situation-back is solid having a simple “&” logo design etched in the center. You may also begin to see the automatic helium escape valve encircled by an orange shroud.
The 2 screw-lower crowns control the movement along with the internal bezel. The crown in the 3 o’clock position enables you place time, hour along with the date function. With the crown, you’ve winding in addition to hacking abilities.
B&R uses the Sellita SW200 movement. I’ve no problem relating to this movement as the standard and also the relative efficiency of Sellita’s actions have been shown to be great. However, the cost that B&R set this watch doesn’t justify it. Similar viewed with similar abilities but using either Citizen Miyota 8/9xxx series or even the Seiko NH3x series actions can be found at a small fraction of the price of the BR02. Just to illustrate may be the Citizen NH6931 Autozilla (water rating 1,000 meters Miyota 8203B) retail cost USD1, 750 or even the Dark Blue Ocean Diver (water rating 1,000 meters Seiko NH36) retail cost USD399 or Ocean7 LM3 V2 (water rating 1,250 meters ETA2824) retail cost USD699.
Hopefully, B&R will consider being released using their own actions to a minimum of justify their cost!
Meanwhile, the 2nd crown in the 2 o’clock position controls the interior bezel. I just read lots of request from individuals to permit the bezel be bi-directional rather than uni-directional because it is now.
Their argument would be that the crown could be screwed lower after its set, which makes it impossible to accidentally adjust. Many of them don’t understand underneath the global ISO 6425 Divers’ Watch Standard, the uni-directional bezel is essential. If this sounds like transformed, the timepiece can’t be known as a diver licensed watch.
Putting on this watch is really a pleasure. Regardless of the size, it rests well around the wrist because of its design also it can easily slip inside shirt cuffs easily. This watch is every bit in your own home within the ocean too as with a proper black-tie affair.
The buckle for me requires a redesign. Compare the very best photo and also the one below are you able to begin to see the similarity in design? I can’t. In my experience, it seems the designers in B&R after creating the casing, in the last moment just decided on a buckle design which was available without making the effort to think about the look needs from the whole package. This can be a disappointment.
The ultimate comment is around the lume. What fantastic lume this watch possess. It offers excellent readability during the night.
To conclude, the BR-02 Professional Dial is among the most effortlessly pleasing integration of elegance and utility seen on the dive watch. Being able to slug it within the most vicious of atmosphere or simply waltz its means by a tuxedo on the party area completely causes it to be a powerful candidate which is more versatile watch. Despite its high cost point and style weakness for that buckle, it makes up through the elegant design, tough construction and perfect workmanship.