Bell & Ross BR 03-92 MA-1 is Puzzlingly New

The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 MA-1 is familiar in a surprising way. It’s not that there’s necessarily anything new about it—it is, after all a watch—but it looks and feels completely new and different from any other watch. It’s a combination of interesting choices that catches the eye and the curiosity, and is blended into a setting that you recognise…but not quite.

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That makes the watch sound like a bit of an enigma, and maybe it is. The movement for the watch is the automartic calibre BR-Cal.302.

It shows the hours, minutes, seconds, and dates. So far, so familiar. The dial is round, but the BR 03-92 somehow melds the two opposites into a cohesive unit via a square casing. The dial follows suit. Technically, it’s two dials: a lower insert that is covered in orange Super-LumiNova, and an upper insert that is matte Khaki with the numbers and date window cut away, resulting in the numbers being recessed instead of raised. The strap is another familiar-yet-not element.

This band, matching up with the watch’s inspiration of 158 bomber jackets, is a reversible khaki and orange calfskin leather.

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BR 03-92 strikes a chord with new looks at old classics.

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