After WWII, automobile racing took on a new life with the increasing popularity of hot-rodding. But materials could be hard to come by, so ingenuity and innovation were the name of the game. One such example was the use of drop tanks to build racers. Drop tanks were used by aircraft as a portable fuel cell that could be dropped once it was empty.
They were often called wing tanks or belly tanks. Racers picked up these remnants, which were perfectly aerodynamic, and slapped on wheels and added an engine, creating belly tankers.
Bell & Ross have put together a “Dusty” chronograph in conjunction with The Rake and Revolution. The Bellytanker Chronograph was inspired by the watches that intrepid belly tanker drivers wore. It features a stainless steel case that has a satin-brushed finish. For the face of the watch, the team went for a classic brown with contrasting black small seconds and minute counters. A matching minutes track circumnavigates the face. The tachymeter bezel is caramel anodized. The strap is brown calfskin.
The mechanism for the chronograph is a modular Sellita SW 300, which can be seen through the sapphire case back. You can pick up your own Bell & Ross Bellytanker for USD$4,500.