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Why I Bought It: Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic | Quill & Pad

Why I Bought It: Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic | Quill & Pad

The first time I had the chance to deal with a Bell & Ross watch was during the 2000s during a visit to Kuala Lumpur. I felt somewhat shocked at how enthusiastic the Bell & Ross collectors were and astonished at the camaraderie among them. They casually alluded to themselves as “BRos.”

During a social gathering with the BRos, I took a stab at the most well known BR 01 watch: the 46 mm square watch looked enormous on my 17-centimeter wrist. I cherished its plan, yet felt I just didn’t have the wrist size to pull it off.

However, this social affair was the flash that drove me to seek after my perfect Bell & Ross instrument watch.

Pilot Rafale wearing his Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic in the cockpit

Love from the outset sight: Bell & Ross BR 03-92

Over the following not many years visiting Baselworld, I closely followed the advancement of the more modest 42 mm BR 03 arrangement. Also, in mid 2011, when I was living in Prague, I visited the Bell & Ross base camp in Paris, where I took a stab at the BR 03-92 Heritage , which I immediately favored to.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Heritage (photograph courtesy Peter Tung)

I purchased the watch and took it to my #1 calfskin atelier in Prague for a custom tie. Be that as it may, my bond with this watch kept going a year and I wound up selling it in 2012. We are called WIS – Watch Idiot Savants – for an explanation: I wound up purchasing and selling this watch twice over the course of the following two years!

Fast forward to 2016, and I’m currently living in Austin, Texas. As one of the patrons of the Renault F1 group, Bell & Ross facilitated a Formula 1 occasion in Austin. There I acquired a BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic and it occurred to me that it was what I trusted the Heritage would be.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic on the wrist (photograph courtesy Peter Tung)

This was the perfect Bell & Ross watch for me, checking all the crates for the characteristics I expected from a flight style instrument watch. I placed my request after the occasion, and it has been important for my core pilot’s watch collection ever since.

What makes the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic so special?

So what does make the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic so special? More or less, it is the simplicity of the plan and proper materials. Bell & Ross eliminated any gimmicks, complications, bells, and whistles – the brand eliminated “the commotion,” as I like to say.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic

My Heritage had orange numerals and hands (these days alluded to as ” fauxtina ” lume), while the contrasting beige tie seemed like an over the top deviation from a flying instrument watch.

More critically, the dot impacted steel case with black carbon powder coating was a scratch magnet and not as comfortable to wear as the ceramic because of its weight. I connected with the plan of the Heritage model, yet I was longing for an apparatus watch.

Back of the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic (photograph courtesy Peter Tung)

Bell & Ross probably heard practically a similar feedback from all the BRos as the brand tackled the issue in 2014 by switching to ceramic cases. Ceramic is the perfect material for an instrument watch: it is lightweight, doesn’t scratch effectively, is hypoallergenic, simple to wear, delicate to the touch, and quickly adjusts to body temperature.

Using ceramic was likewise consistent with the watch’s flying topic. In aeronautics, and especially in aerospace, ceramics are the material of choice for parts that should withstand incredibly high temperatures just as openness to acids, corrosion, and disintegration, so is commonly found in warm cladding and the nosecones of spacecraft.

My Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic

My Black Matte has a high-contrast dial with bright white markers, numerals, and hands against a matte black background. The combination of black and white offers the best contrast for high readability over some other color combination, which is necessary for a flying style instrument watch. The expansion of against reflective coating and a liberal application of Super-LumiNova makes for excellent legibility.

The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic dial close up (photograph courtesy Peter Tung)

The 12, 3, 6, 9 dial format with the more modest moment marker track shows direct influence from present day German flieger watches . Which bodes well as Bell & Ross authors Bruno Belamich and Carlos Rosillo concentrated under the mentorship of German pilot watch “back up parent” Helmut Sinn prior to launching their own brand situated in Paris.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic

I like the way Bell & Ross executes the date somewhere in the range of 4 and 5 o’clock. I typically disdain a shifted date show at that position, which is the reason, however much I like Zenith’s El Primero chronograph, its date ruins it for me.

But Bell & Ross planned the little, round date opening to fit the dial normally. The focus stays on the time except if you are searching for the date.

My BR 03-92 Black Matte is controlled by an ETA 2892-2 automatic development, which has a somewhat slimmer profile than the 2824-2 development. In recent years Bell & Ross has additionally chosen to utilize a base Sellita SW300-1 caliber, which is like the ETA 2892-2.

With a case tallness of simply 9.8 mm I can without much of a stretch wear it under my shirt cuff, too.

If I had a magic wand, what might I change about the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte?

I’ll begin with what I wouldn’t change: I would keep the ceramic case, black-and-white dial, date, thin development, and elastic tie exactly as they are.

However, I would put forth the defense somewhat more modest, as Panerai has recently finished with its cutting back of models (see Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio: Good Things Do Come In Smaller Packages ).

This watch wears level on the wrist, yet a level watch with no bezel wears huge, even at 42 mm. Bell & Ross likewise offers a 39 mm Black Matte BR-S in an assortment of combinations, yet it is controlled by a quartz movement.

Lume shot of a Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte Ceramic on the wrist (photograph courtesy Peter Tung)

I have been wearing the Black Matte watch for a very long time consistently as a component of my turn. I have traded out the lashes a couple of times, yet in the warmth of Texas’ climate I discover it wears best on an elastic strap.

The ceramic case stays nice and cool during the hot days. I realize it is fairly cliché to allude to the Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte as being reflective of a brand’s DNA, however this watch is obviously Bell & Ross. Simply the manner in which I like it.

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Quick Facts Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Black Matte

Case: 42 x 9.8 mm, matte black ceramic

Development: automatic ETA 2893-2 or Sellita SW300-1, 28,800 vph/4Hz frequency, 42 hours of force hold

Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; date

Price: $3,500/€3,500

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