Zenith Chronomaster Revival El Primero A385 Watch

First gradient dial in watchmaking industry back in 1969 Original Revival of the 1969 Reference A385 Original 1969 case with 37 mm diameter Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph movement

Zenith’s A385 Chronomaster Revival Is a Stunning Piece of Watchmaking History The faithfully executed remake is based on the groundbreaking 1969 model, one of the first to feature the Zenith Chronomaster Revival El Primero A385 Replica
The recreation of vintage-inspired watches from an illustrious back catalog of designs has become an accepted, if sometimes overused, industry practice for watch brands—namely those with the right history—to create “newness.” Or maybe that should be “oldness.” Whatever. While we are all easily smitten by riffs on iconic watches, precise recreations down to the nth degree are often stymied by the need to modernize in the process, like using a more modern in-house movement or supersizing a watch to suit modern tastes for bigness. But what happens when the movement is the most famous thing about a watch?

Since 2019, Zenith has made much of the 50th anniversary of its groundbreaking El Primero movement and has produced a number of nuts-and-bolts rebuilds, redesigns, or updates of the iconic watches that first carried it. But arguably none of them are as mind-bendingly faithful to the original inspiration than the Chronomaster Revival A385, out now
The Zenith El Primero was a groundbreaking movement for watch nerds when it first surfaced in early 1969 for a number of reasons, not least being the 36,000 semi-oscillations per hour that made it significantly more accurate than most production watches of the time. More crucially, however, it was also the first automatic chronograph, the victor in a triangular horological equivalent of the space race. At least it was the first one let out of the bag, hence the name. In the other two corners, Seiko in Japan and an alliance between Heuer-Leonidas (as Tag Heuer was then called), Breitling, and Hamilton; both were pipped to the post by a Zenith press conference in Geneva in January 1969. The original A385 was one of three rather different-looking designs to first carry the El Primero, but its blocky tonneau shape and smoked brown dial was probably the most “1969” of them all.
To test the A385’s—or rather the El Primero’s—reliability, in 1970, Zenith strapped one to the undercarriage of an Air France Boeing 707 bound for New York in what was imaginatively called “Operation Sky.” Though it looked like a marketing gimmick, the test was a bona fide trial for the new watch, designed to pit it against the extremes of changes in temperature and air pressure as well as wind, water, and vibrations at high altitude. On landing in New York, the watch showed no change in performance. The El Primero went on to power not only Zenith watches, but pieces made by other brands like Tag Heuer, Dunhill, and for a time even Rolex, which used it in the Daytona for just over a decade from 1989 (albeit with some significant in-house modifications).

The modern A385 was built using the original Zenith blueprints to an exacting degree of authenticity—all the way down to the relatively diminutive 37mm cushion case—with the only differences being a domed sapphire crystal instead of the original acrylic glass and an exhibition case back to show the better to off the El Primero movement. But if anything screams its age here, it’s the brown gradient dial, another Zenith first in 1969 and a stage-setter for the 1970s that was well ahead of its time.
Even after more than 50 years of loyal services, the El Primero remains one of the most fascinating movements to be manufactured. With its column-wheel architecture, its high-frequency, and multiple small but necessary upgrades, it has managed to stand the test of time. In 2019, for its 50th-anniversary, Zenith commemorated this legendary calibre with multiple “Revival” editions of the A386 model, the most sought-after watch in the 1969 trilogy. Last year, it was time for the panda watch, the A384, to be re-edited. Now, in 2021, the brand gives the last and third model its moment of glory, with the new Zenith Chronomaster Revival A385. And today, we give a closer look at this very cool launch.
If you’re reading super-watches-fashion.com/, you probably already have some watch culture. Thus, if we mention the year 1969, it should give you an indication of what the rest of the article should be about… 1969 has been a year of innovation for the whole industry, but also for Zenith. It is the year the industry unveiled a game-changing concept, the automatic chronograph movement. Surprisingly, before the introduction of not one but three of these architectures, all chronograph movements were hand-wound. But in 1969, three manufactures will unveil their own vision of the automatic chronograph – namely Zenith with the El Primero, Seiko with the Calibre 6139 and the Chronomatic/project 99 consortium uniting Heuer-Léonidas SA, Léon Breitling SA, Hamilton-Büren and chronograph specialist Dépraz & Co with the Calibre 11.
Together with 1865 (the year the brand was created), 1969 is, without doubt, the most important year in Zenith’s history. It has seen the introduction of the world’s first automatic high-frequency chronograph, the El Primero. The column-wheel, 5Hz movement, which is still in production thanks to a fascinating human story – fully explained here – made its debut in three stainless steel models. While the A386, with its more traditional case and tri-colour dial, is the most famous of the lot, there was also the A384 with its tonneau-shaped case and panda dial – which is now available from Zenith’s Revival collection – and another, even more original watch, the A385.
The Zenith El Primero A385 is a very distinctive watch. While the two other watches in the trilogy were a bit more classic in their design, the A385 was bold. Based on the same case as the A384, meaning a 37mm cushion-shaped block of steel, it stood out thanks to its dial, with a warm colour and, something new for the industry, a dégradé smoked effect – according to Zenith, this was “the first smoked dial ever to be made in the watch industry” (something that would need to be verified…)
Mechanically, there was no difference between the watches from the trilogy, as all were using the same El Primero movement. Something to be noted about the A385; in 1970, it took part in Zenith’s “Operation Sky.” This extreme test consisted of strapping the watch to an Air France Boeing 707’s landing gear on a flight from Paris to New York to test its resistance to external aggressions such as drastic temperature fluctuations, wind force and changing air pressure. Upon landing, the watch was still functioning perfectly.
There’s no denying the actual beauty of the watches from the 1969 El Primero trilogy. All of them, with their own distinctive design, can be named “emblematic” – with a special mention for the A386, which has gained an indisputable cult status in auction rooms. Nevertheless, the A384 and A385 models are equally attractive and, possibly, even more representative of the era when the El Primero movement was launched. With the exception of its tri-colour dial, the A386 remains a rather classic watch while the two others, and even more the A385, are watches with true late-1960s styling.
Credits where credit’s due; Zenith should be applauded for the faithfulness of their Revival watches. Certainly, one could note a certain lack of imagination in the idea of recreating a past model, however, as the trend for vintage-inspired watches doesn’t tend to slow down, at least when Zenith does it, it does it right. In short, the Chronomaster Revival A385 is, just like the Zenith Chronomaster Revival A384 replica , an almost 1-to-1 reproduction of the original model – except for some minor details. Many (countless) brands have embarked on the vintage train but few can claim to still produce the same movement as the inspiration watch… And that changes everything, specifically when it comes to dimensions of the case and dial layout.
So, let’s get straight to the point, the Revival A385 is extremely loyal to its predecessor, in almost every single aspect. Starting with the case, not only the style has been reproduced but also the proportions. Compact in terms of diameter, at only 37mm like the original, it remains a watch with a relatively modern presence, with a 47mm lug-to-lug measurement. The height is also moderate for an automatic chronograph, at 12.6mm – the El Primero is fairly thin compared to its modern counterparts with vertical clutch.
The shape, since Zenith scanned an old model, is fully identical and retains the sharp angles found on the 1969 cushion-shaped case. The top surface is radially-brushed, which participates in the retro look of the watch, the sides are horizontally brushed, and on the side is a polished bevel that brings dynamism. The main specificity of the case of the A384 and A385 was the angled surface of the lugs, which are still present and polished like the original model. The right side is home for historically-accurate pushers and crown and the main update is the material used for the crystal, where modern sapphire replaces Plexiglas. Other than that, this Chronomaster Revival A385 is basically identical to an unworn 1969 model that would have been kept in a safe… yet with more precise execution. But that’s not new, since the Revival A384 uses the same case.
What changes here is the dial… a funky, bold, colourful, warm dial with outdated coolness. While the A384 played on sporty cues, with a classic panda dial highlighted by a touch of red, this A385 sports a brown smoked dial – with a strong degradé effect ranging from almost black in the periphery to a very light brown-beige in the centre. Framed by a ubiquitous tachymeter scale, it reproduces once again faithfully the design of the original model, down to the facetted and rhodium-plated hour markers and hands, the red central seconds hand, or the inscriptions with historic fonts and logo. The sub-dials, with small seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour counters, are white and so is the date window at 3 o’clock – which gives here visual consistency. The indications are filled with cream-coloured Super-LumiNova, which works well with the rest of the dial’s tones.
While also available on a light brown leather strap, it makes sense to go for the steel bracelet on this watch… Because, here also, Zenith has played on visual accuracy and has reproduced a style that was used on the A384 and A385 models, the so-called ladder steel bracelet with hollowed links, once manufactured by Gay Frères. Light and flexible, it looks and feels right in place in this context.

Under the screwed sapphire caseback – the other noticeable update compared to the historical watch – is a well-known movement, and in fact a movement that is, like the rest of the watch, almost a 1-to-1 reproduction of what once powered the A385; you name it, the El Primero calibre. With a development that started in 1962 with the idea to launch it in 1965 for the manufacture’s centenary, it finally made its entry in 1969. However, after an estimated production of 32,000 movement units, Zenith Radio Corporation (a US company owning the brand since 1971) lost confidence in mechanical watches and, betting on quartz, decided to stop the production of the El Primero, and wanted to get rid of the tooling… but thanks to Charles Vermot, the watchmaker in charge of manufacturing, tools and manufacturing plans were saved, hidden in the manufacture’s attic. And in the early 1980s, Zenith was able to resume the production of its automatic chronograph.
The Calibre El Primero 400 that powers the Chronomaster Revival A385 is the closest you can get from the original 1969 movement. If some upgrades have been implemented (better chronometry, more reliable parts where needed, better decoration and modern manufacturing techniques), it basically retains the same architecture and, a signature element, the 5Hz frequency. It is here presented with a star-shaped openwork rotor and pleasant finishing.

Zenith Chronomaster Revival El Primero A385 Replica Watch 03.A384.400/385.M385

Zenith Chronomaster Revival El Primero A385 Replica Watch 03.A384.400/385.C855

Bell and Ross BR V2-93 GMT Replica Watch

The search for a good GMT watch never ends – and one of Bell & Ross’ latest entrants to this crowded two-time zone arena is the replica BR V2-93 GMT. Continuing on with Bell & Ross vintage and military history-inspired modern day luxury timepiece tradition, the BR V2-93 GMT blends a series of design elements into one rather cohesive product. One of the most popular types of watches for enthusiasts, GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) watches are useful because they show two time zones on the same dial allowing them to serve as ideal travel companions. Given that people who enjoy high-end timepieces also happen to travel quite a bit – the popularity of GMT watches for the enthusiast should be easy to understand.
Bell & Ross is no stranger to GMT watches and the BR V2-93 GMT is the newest design flavor more so than adding something radically new from a technological or material perspective. Detailing on the BR V2-93 GMT watch is very good and it is interesting to investigate the various classic wristwatch designs that Bell & Ross pulled from as inspiration for this product. In my opinion, this BR V2-93 GMT replica is a design amalgamation mixing elements of classic Rolex timepieces and the cockpit instrument design favored by major Bell & Ross military and aviation-themed watches.
It’s the curation of design elements, as well as the elegance of the design which is novel here, and I think Bell & Ross did a good job. If only because even though there are a lot of recognizable parts on the BR V2-93 GMT – it doesn’t immediately look like any other GMT watch currently on the market. That is always a challenge because a brand like Bell & Ross thrives by finding the sweet spot between “familiar” and “novel.” That means they are at their best when a customer associates a new watch product with the right type of aesthetic theme but does not confuse the new watch for something which already exists.

The orange arrow GMT hand is probably the most recognizable element borrowed from the world of Rolex – being similar to those used on various Rolex Explorer II models. The rest of the dial very much fits the cockpit instrument clock aesthetic which has been tied to Bell & Ross since the 2004 release of the BR01 Instrument collection. Since then Bell & Ross has rendered this dial design in a vast number of ways and in a range of case designs. The flat, slightly glossy black dial used high contrast thick-printed hour markers and attractive lume-painted hands. Note that the faceted hands are satin-finished on one half and polished on the other. I love this look and tend to gravitate toward this type of hand design. This mixture of elements offers a bit of a dressy look combined with the functional heritage that such a Bell & Ross dial is best known for. The dial is elegant, legible, and very distinctly a Bell & Ross while at the same time it evokes classic design elements beloved by generations of watch enthusiasts.
Over the dial is a “box-style” domed sapphire crystal design to mimic the shape of some traditional acrylic crystals. An effective application of AR (anti-reflective) coating ensures a glare-free viewing experience when you look at straight-on. Around the dial is a bi-directional rotating bezel with 24 positions. The bezel turns assuredly with solid notched for each of the 24 positions. This is the only scale for the GMT hand, but turning it can help you reference an additional third timezone if you know how to use this feature correctly. Bell & Ross gave the GMT bezel and attractive two-tone design mixing black with gray. I think it was a nice way to offer the “AM/PM” look of a bezel without making it too colorful. The color on this watch is sparse (on purpose) and limited to a bit of dial text and the matching orange GMT hand). My only gripe about the bezel is that it is in traditional anodized aluminum. That makes for a nice vintage look, but today’s watch buyers are increasingly interested in modern bezel materials such as ceramic which boast far better scratch resistance. The good news is aluminum bezel inserts are inexpensive and easy to replace – if you scratch up your bezel on the BR V2-93 GMT replica watch badly.
Inside the watch is a Swiss ETA 2893 automatic movement which offers the time, GMT hand, and date. Bell & Ross calls this their caliber BR-CAL.303. It operates at 4Hz with about two days of power reserve. Not unheard of but a bit uncommon for Bell & Ross in such models – this watch is equipped with a sapphire crystal display back which allows you to view the movement. Bell & Ross chose movements with a nice level of decoration and on the sapphire caseback is printed a novel design which has a plane flying around the globe and the statement “GMT 24H.” If that alone doesn’t categorize this product as a traveler’s watch, I don’t know what would.
The BR V2-93 GMT replica watch exists in Bell & Ross’ “Vintage” collection where you can find other “BR V2” models that share this case and bracelet design. Currently, this is the only BR V2 model with a GMT complication – and the price premium for it above the collection’s three-hand models is modest at about $300. That also means if you like this watch overall but prefer a non-GMT model, you can explore the Bell & Ross V2-92 models.

The polished and brushed case is beautiful and comfortable being in all steel and 41mm wide. With the crystal, the case is about 12mm thick, but it wears slim in my opinion. Lug-to-lug distance is a very wearable 48mm. The case has a screw-down crown and is water resistant to 100 meters. Bell & Ross offers the BR V2-93 watch on both a steel bracelet or “canvas-style” rubber strap. The bracelet costs $300 more than the strap which is not unreasonable.
Design-wise the BR V2 bracelet evokes the look of the Rolex President bracelet, but in a unique design for Bell & Ross. I really enjoy how the bracelet gracefully tapers from 22mm wide where it connects at the lugs to 18mm wide at the fold-over deployant clasp. The well-made deployant clasp is attractive and sturdy, but simple in its design. Today watch lovers demand bracelets with tool-less micro-adjust features. The BR V2 bracelet doesn’t have that, but it does have a few spring bar micro-adjust holes in the deployant which offer a more precise fit – crucially important in my opinion for any everyday sports watch on a bracelet.
Mixing the world of vintage sports watches, aviation instruments, and world travel, the Bell and Ross BR V2-93 GMT is a sturdy, all-purpose two-time zone watch with an elegant and masculine personality. It’s a high-end fashion watch for those who are attracted by vintage sport watch designs but hardly want to fuss with something actually old and finicky. I support Bell & Ross’ mission (along with others who offer similar modern-made vintage-inspired sports watch) in producing such watches if only because they are so satisfying to wear and own. For those who love the look of an orange GMT hand, want a comfortable round 41mm wide case, and appreciated a timeless aviation-inspired dial – the Bell & Ross BR V2-93 GMT will be a satisfying timepiece acquisition

replica bell and ross br v2

The BR V2-93 GMT replica watch exists in Bell & Ross’ “Vintage” collection where you can find other “BR V2” models that share this case and bracelet design. Currently, this is the only BR V2 model with a GMT complication – and the price premium for it above the collection’s three-hand models is modest at about $300. BR V2-93 GMT BLUE
Bell & Ross had to evolve. This was the mission of the “Vintage Collection”. Entirely redesigned in 2017, this year the brand adds a few vintage elements to make this collection even cooler, with the Steel Heritage. Today, we take a closer look at the BR V2-92 Steel Heritage. Bell and Ross BR V2-94 AÉRONAVALE BRONZE
The Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Military Beige: 41mm x 12mm, 100 meters water resistance, with domed sapphire crystal and sapphire caseback. Steel bezel with anodized black aluminum ring; bi-directional with 60 minute scale; screw-down crown. Movement, BR-CAL 302 (Sellita SW-300-1 base) 28,800 vph, 38 hour power reserve. Bell and Ross BR V2-92 MILITARY GREEN
The Bell & Ross Vintage BR V2-94 on the bonnet of a vintage Alfa Romeo GT1300 Junior circa 1973 which is prepared for racing. The car features roll bars in the cabin which is stripped of most creature comforts. On the dashboard of the Alfa Romeo GT1300 Junior. The vintage feel of the BR V2-94 blending in with the early 1970s feel of the car. Bell and Ross BR V2-93 GMT BLUE
Since it was founded, Bell & Ross has been passionate about military history and its functional and aesthetic archetypes. Flight instruments will always be a source of watchmaking inspiration for its designers. As such, military specifications provide Bell & Ross timepieces with rigorous and exacting standards in terms of legibility, functionality, precision and reliability. Modern-day codes also drive Bell & Ross to revisit historic pieces to create new models whose design and technology are in line with current trends.

It is in this spirit that, this year, Bell & Ross has unveiled three singular watches that evoke its three realms of expression: Sea, air and land. Both classic and modern, all three are driven by a reliable Swiss mechanical movement with automatic winding and are equipped with a “NATO Stretch” strap with a practical closure system, created using parachute straps. The practical strap makes for a very sharp, on-trend look and is in line with the neo-vintage trend which is popular with its fans.
Following on from the BR V2-93 GMT 24H launched in 2018, this year, Bell & Ross has completed its range of watches targeted at modern frequent travellers – both professional and civilian – in search of a chic and functional timepiece. The contemporary design of the BR V2-93 GMT Blue is perfectly suited to 21st century travelers.
Its 41-mm round steel case is characteristic of the Vintage series, with integrated protection for the screw-down crown. With a galvanic blue case-back featuring a sunray pattern, the dial is a nod to the world of air travel and long transatlantic trips, while the second hand counterweight is subtly styled in the shape of an aircraft. The bi-directional rotating bezel in two-tone anodized aluminium (grey for daytime and blue for night-time) means the time in a second time zone (shown on a 24-hour scale) can be read instantly thanks to the fourth hand, or the “GMT” hand, with its stand out red arrow.
For optimal legibility, the four faceted hands and the decal indices and numerals boast a photo-luminescent coating in white Super-LumiNova
Based on the principle that the essential should never give way to the superfluous, with this new BR V2-92 Military Green model, Bell & Ross engineers and watchmakers have designed a practical watch perfectly suited to all uses.

Paying tribute to the men on the ground who were the first to use the wristwatch as fundamental instruments for their missions, Bell & Ross has unveiled a sport-chic civilian version of its BR V2-92 which evokes nature and wide-open spaces. Staying faithful to the military technical specifications, the anti-reflective matte khaki dial is legible both day and night, the sapphire crystal is scratch-resistant and the Swiss mechanical movement with automatic winding is highly precise and has been tested for all types of missions.
To ensure optimal legibility, the BR V2-92 Military Green shares the same lineage as watches from the Bell & Ross “LUM” collection which are treated with green-coloured Super-LumiNova C3 to maximise their luminescent qualities. Playing on both the discreet nature of the khaki camouflage dial and its functional design, it is aimed at professionals and daily adventurers searching for a timepiece which is robust and timeless.
Faithful to lines from the Bell & Ross Vintage collection, its 41-mm round steel case with a crown guard is equipped with a glass dome, or “glass box”, and a black bi-directional rotating bezel in anodized aluminium to measure short periods.
In a nod to well-known Bell & Ross “Military Type” references, the BR V2-92 Military Green continues this connection both on a technical and stylistic level. The date is displayed in a round window at 4.30 – one of the brand’s signature features – the khaki disc inside being the same colour as the dial. Adventurous and urban, the BR V2-92 Military Green goes back to basics yet continues the great tradition of professional timepieces.
In a nod to the Vintage BR Aéronavale collection, this year Bell & Ross went a step further and unveiled a new BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze in a limited edition of 999 pieces that combines functionality and elegance while subtly reflecting the prestigious ceremonial uniform of French naval officers.
This elegant chronograph is clearly aimed at lovers of beautiful timekeeping instruments. In stabilised CuAl7Si2 bronze (91% copper, 7% aluminium and 2% silicon), its 41-mm case stands out with its distinctive yellow gold colour. Known for its changing nature that gives it its unique character, bronze – a material cherished by Bell & Ross – provides a whole palette of unique shades.

Similar to the other chronographs from the Vintage series, the BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze is equipped with a fixed bezel, here in navy blue anodised aluminium. Its ocean blue dial is decorated with gilt metal indices and numerals and baton-shaped skeletonised hands in white Super-LumiNova for optimal legibility.
The functional, ultra-curved “glass box” sapphire crystal reinforces both the classic style of the piece and its resistance. In this sense, the BR V2-94 Aéronavale Bronze meets all the criteria of the military technical specifications intended for such a timepiece. This refined chronograph featuring screw-down pushers will appeal to collectors looking for a model with a vintage feel which evokes the “bi-compax” chronographs from the 1960s which featured two sub-dials.

Bell and ross BR V2-94 R.S.18 black calfskin BRV294-RS18/SCA

Bell and Ross replica, the official watch partner of the Renault Sport Formula One Team, celebrates reopening the French Grand Prix with its first presentation of a Vintage model from the collections linked to the partnership.

To mark the return of Formula 1 to France, the BR V2-94 R.S.18 will be featuring a black rubber strap stamped with the French flag during the French Grand Prix. It features a 41 mm case in satin-finished steel, a carbon fiber dial and black and yellow in reference to the colors of the Renault Sport Formula One Team.
The BR V2-94 R.S.18 has a yellow internal minute track and two counters, one in red for optimal legibility of the chronograph function. The bezel also features a tachymeter scale which allows a car’s speed to be instantly calculated over a given distance. This chronograph model evokes the sporting world of race tracks and paddocks, with its numerals adopting the typography used for the Renault Sport Formula One Team.
This chronograph watch is powered by a Swiss mechanical caliber with automatic winding. The sapphire case-back bears a metallized depiction of the Renault car and its serial number.
The BR V2-94 R.S.18 is available with a micro-perforated calfskin strap with carbon fiber effect and a yellow lining, or a bracelet in satin-finished polished steel. The design and color code used for this timepiece allow the time to be read quickly and accurately.

bell and ross brs diamond

In 2016, watchmaker Bell & Ross launched the BR S Diamond Eagle women’s watch. This elegant timepiece was hugely successful. In response to its popularity, the brand has decided to launch a complete collection this year. The dials on the models in this collection are inspired, as previously, by the celestial sphere.
Bell and Ross BRS Blue Diamond Eagle . Details: This watch is blue, it uses a quart’s movement model, it has a 39mm diameter and is loved by ladies, as it is made for them. This watch was made between 2018-2019 it has all the known features that the Bell and Ross brand are known for. The face is a sapphire scratch-resistant crystal.
Bell & Ross Instruments Diamond Eagle BRS-EA-ST/SCR men’s watch. Features a brushed stainless steel case and blue leather strap with pattern. Brushed stainless steel fixed bezel. Blue dial with Aquila constellation represented by 7 diamonds. Powered by a battery operated quartz movement. A scratch resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective …
The New BRS models are not the first ceramic watches to be released by Bell & Ross. They recently came out with black and white ceramic BR-03 watches (even with diamonds), but the BRS watches are smaller yet (though still large enough for men) and have a totally new face for the series.
Faithful to its aeronautical origins, Bell & Ross releases a version of its iconic model, in its smallest (39mm), lightest and most elegant version: the BR S. The BR S White Ceramic is designed in reference to stealth bombers- undetectable, yet never totally invisible. The integral white dial is discretely legible.
Bell & Ross Instruments Diamond Eagle BRS-EA-ST/SCR men’s watch. Features a brushed stainless steel case and blue leather strap with pattern. Brushed stainless steel fixed bezel. Blue dial with Aquila constellation represented by 7 diamonds. Powered by a battery operated quartz movement.
Bell & Ross BR S Diamond Eagle model family has two different variants. The version we have here for review is the Ref. BRS-EA-ST/SST with the plain bezel. The Ref. BRS-EA-LGD / SCR version comes with a gem-set bezel decorated with 66 pieces of diamonds with a total value of 0.99 carats. The case is equipped with an anti-reflective treated
BRS DIAMOND EAGLE. TIME FOR A JOURNEY TO THE STARS. The latest women’s watch from Bell & Ross is inspired by the celestial sphere, the vast ocean littered with stars, like clusters of shimmering islands in the dark. The BRS Diamond Eagle features a midnight blue dial studded with diamonds, like a slice of the night sky tethered to the wrist.
Bell & Ross launched the BR S Diamond Eagle women’s watch. This elegant timepiece was hugely successful. In response to its popularity, the brand has decided to launch a complete collection.

replica bell and ross brs watch for women

Afew years ago Bell & Ross released their first women’s version of the BR 01 style watch called the bell and ross BRS replica (which I first discussed here). The idea of the watch was to be a smaller, more fashion oriented version of the BR 01 done in ceramic. Available in black or white ceramic, it is hard to argue that Bell & Ross wasn’t at least partially influenced by the success of the Chanel J12. Lovely in its design the BRS cannot really be categorized as strictly a woman’s watch, but that is the intended market as I see it.
Bell & Ross experimented with ceramic before the BRS, and since the BRS has continued to offer good looking ceramic watches in various forms. The hard material makes for a good looking case that when polished retains the sheen forever really. The BRS case is a 39mm wide square and is very thin. I believe that originally Bell & Ross wanted to include a manually-wound mechanical movement in the BRS, but later decided that a Swiss quartz movement was best. I tend to agree as women often prefer the convenience of quartz movements, especially if they have a range of watches that they wear.
Unlike the BR 01, the BRS has a removable caseback which shows that the design of the case is different as opposed to being merely miniaturized. Though visually that is how it looks. The iconic square case is here complete with the large screws on the top of the case. You will however notice that the lug structures are different and better designed for the small case dimensions.
The white ceramic BRS is certainly more feminine that this black version and combines white ceramic with polished steel. On a patent leather strap all versions of the watch are rather feminine, but you can alter that look by placing the BRS on a different strap. For example, imagine this black one on a NATO strap and you can see how that can make it more unisex in design.

Water resistant to 50 meters, the case has an AR coated sapphire crystal. Looking at the dial you can see the evolution from the BR 01. The BRS has a more elegant dial with a subsidiary seconds dial. True to the theme, the hands and hour markers are all coated in SuperLumiNova.
For those wanting more of a jewelry look Bell & Ross offers the BRS watch collection (both the black and white models) with diamonds on the bezel. I’ve seen BRS watches for women “out in the wild” and I really like the look on feminine wrists. It isn’t something for everyone though due to the size and style, but I think Bell & Ross makes a rather persuasive argument for a nice looking womens’ collection with the bell and ross BRS.


The BR 01 Laughing Skull has been created for those who love original timepieces. It is symbolic in more ways than one, making it a powerful statement piece. Its automaton movement places it in the category of exceptional watches. Produced in a limited edition of 500, this model will appeal particularly tocollectors of Haute Horlogerie watches.
Like all BR-01 watches, the case is 46mm wide, but it is a tad thicker than the static skull watches at 13.5mm high, but that’s a functional requirement, a result of the automaton on the movement. In short, it is a large watch, but that’s exactly the point.
The BR 01 Laughing Skull White (left) and the BR 01 Cyber Skull Both the case and skull are made of black ceramic, while the movement inside is the same calibre found in the Laughing Skull featuring a lower jaw that opens and closes as you wind the watch.
The Bell & Ross BR-01 Laughing Skull is a statement piece, both due to the dimensions of the case and to the looks. A true “hate-or-love” piece. The skull face used in this watch is close to the one employed already in the Burning Skull watch, with a 3D effect and the traditional sword-shaped hands.
The Bell & Ross BR-01 Laughing Skull is a statement piece, both due to the dimensions of the case and to the looks. A true “hate-or-love” piece. The skull face used in this watch is close to the one employed already in the Burning Skull watch, with a 3D effect and the traditional sword-shaped hands.
The BR 01 Laughing Skull replica has been created for those who love original timepieces. It is symbolic in more ways than one, making it a powerful statement piece. Its automaton movement places it in the category of exceptional watches. Produced in a limited edition of 500, this model will appeal particularly tocollectors of Haute Horlogerie watches.
BR 01 Laughing Skull : BR01-SKULL-SK-ST Stainless steel “Clous de Paris” design, dark brown alligator strap with tang buckle, stamped ‘Laughing’ metal skull dial, manual wind (BR-CAL.206), display back, jaw moves when winding, limited edition of 500 pieces, Ref. BR01-SKULL-SK-ST, Bell & Ross 2-year warranty dated June 2018, 46x55mm, Retail = $9,900, Like New in Box with Papers
The BR 01 Laughing Skull however, departs from this playbook, and attains a whole different level of coolness, being an evolved form that is very much unlike the others that preceded it. You could say that it is akin to the appearance of those prehistoric fish that crawled out of the water a long time ago, the first important step in the beginning of the evolutionary lineage of our human species
Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull White (Ref. BR01-SKULL-O-SK-ST) Like its predecessor from 2018, whose dial-side cranium rendering was more metallic in its surface treatment, the 46-mm square case of the BR 01 Laughing Skull White is made of micro-blasted steel with surface areas enhanced with an engraved clous de Paris guilloché design.
The Bell & Ross BR01 Laughing Skull comes in the brand’s signature squared micro-blasted steel case. The matt finish fits excellently to the watch’s theme. The 46mm case is further adorned on top with a “Clous de Paris” pattern finish.
Reminiscent of José Guadalupe Posada’s satirical work with the laughing skull, the Bell & Ross BR 01 Cyber Skull revisits its famed motif with a design far from the vintage style that is usually associated with the Skull.


Bell & Ross just re-released its popular BR01 “Burning Skull” watch in bronze. Initially dropped in 2009, the new iteration is set to be limited to only 100 pieces. The model features a three-dimensional relief of a skull which pays homage to the brave parachutists of WWII. It is said that these soldiers wore such an insignia alongside the words “Death from Above.” Additionally, the timepiece features a black SuperLuminova that heightens the design’s dark appeal.
This year the brand recently unveiled the BR01 Burning Skull Bronze in Hong Kong, with the same skull and crossbones motifs along with several emblematic symbols such as the heart, rose, scythe, and hourglass, and the squiggly lines on either side of the skull to represent the “fires of hell” embedded into the engraved tattoo-like design. Like its earlier editions, and in true Jolly Roger fashion,
In addition to the skull and crossbones, the special product also has decorative engravings that mirror the style of tattoos. As for the patina already seen on the watch, it’s the use of bronze that allows for this creation of character which will be different from owner to owner. Other features of the watch include a calibre BR-CAL.302 mechanical automatic movement and water resistant capabilities up to 100 meters. Unfortunately, the watch is made exclusively for the Hong Kong and China market. Die-hard fans outside these regions will really need to go out of their way to acquire one.
Bell & Ross Introduces the Tattoo-Inspired BR 01 Burning Skull. Decorated with inked engravings, the BR 01 Burning Skull blends two recently fashionable motifs: a skull and tattoos.
Visit the Bell & Ross official site for more information on a release date. But as the years pass, the brand has taken the basic concept of a skull-emblazoned BR 01 in some exciting new directions, like 2015’s Skull Bronze. This year, Bell & Ross continues to explore the themes of adventure, daring and general badassery with the impressive BR 01 Burning Skull.
Bell & Ross’ signature BR wristwatch is essentially an aviation instrument in a square case, a style that works well as a military watch, explaining the iterations in camouflage or a fighter jet “heads-up display”.Sometimes associated with airborne troops, the skull is a recurring theme for the BR series, and one that has been continually refined over the last decade.
The BR 01 SKULL watches pay tribute to the legendary World War II paratroopers in their own unique way. “Skull and Crossbones” is a decorative element that serves as an amulet or resistance mark. BR 01 BURNING SKULL BRONZE OF Bell & Ross has added skulls and crossbones on this basis.

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A team of watch designers and aeronautical control panel specialists joined forces with one project in mind: to create timepieces perfectly suited for professional use. Their goal: to be part of the great Swiss watchmaking tradition while meeting the demands of men facing extreme situations.
A team of designers and specialists in aircraft and space controls joined with a set project: to create watches perfectly suiting a professional use. Their will: to be part of the great Swiss watchmaking tradition while meeting the demands of men facing extreme situations. Nowadays astronauts, pilots, divers or bomb disposal experts use Bell & Ross as tools used for their missions.bell and ross br03 replica
The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Nightlum is the latest in the Instrument collection, which debuted in 2004 with the BR01 and its distinctive 46mm square case and dial meant to evoke an airplane cockpit instrument wearable on your wrist. The later-released BR03 is more or less the same watch, but with a smaller 42mm square case.
These gauges are analog, like the past Bell & Ross watches that riff off the aesthetic. The BR03-92 HUD is also analog, but it’s modeled after a digital display, creating a fascinating interplay that looks to be executed in a rather sporty fashion.
BR 03-92 HUD The Head Up Display, also known as HUD – is a transparent glass screen that displays all information that is essential to fulfill a mission in the pilot’s visual field. Settling Bell & Ross’ instrumental identity, the design approach of the HUDdisplay hides a treasure chest of sophistication.
BR 03-92 DIVER FULL LUM Playing with inverted contrasts, Bell & Ross adapts its Lum concept to its diving collection and reverses the traditional principles of day and night legibility. With the BR03-92 DIVER FULL LUM, the watchmaking brand also works with different shades of luminescence.
The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Nightlum is the latest in the Instrument collection, which debuted in 2004 with the BR01 and its distinctive 46mm square case and dial meant to evoke an airplane cockpit instrument wearable on your wrist. The later-released BR03 is more or less the same watch, but with a smaller 42mm square case
The BR 03-92 HUD does what Bell & Ross does best: it is a bold, instrumental and aero-inspired design piece. HUD stands for Head-Up Display, which is a tool you might know from cars or if you’re a bit more hardcore, your fighter jet.It shows that the world of aviation is still the perfect playground for Bruno Belamich, the brand’s co-founder in charge of creative direction.
In the interest of preserving the square shape, all Bell & Ross instrument watches maintain short lug-to-lug measurements, relative to their respective case diameters — 46mm for the BR01 line and 42mm for the BR03 line. And while the former might be more classically Bell & Ross, it’s in the latter size that this case really sings.
A year ago, Bell & Ross introduced the BR 03-92 Diver, the brand’s take on the dive watch.While it was not the first time B&R produces a watch to explore the deep blue sea – some of the earliest models were dive watches (incl. the impressive Hydromax 11,000m) – this new watch was the first to mix the iconic square case with proper diving capacities.
The Bell & Ross BR03 is a longstanding model collection that is a smaller 42mm-wide square-shaped cockpit instrument-style wrist watch alongside the iconic Bell & Ross BR01, which is larger at 46mm-wide. Bell & Ross has produced a large number of BR03 models over the years and, frankly, most of them are pretty handsome.
The BR03 and it’s sibling, the slightly more muscular BR01 are inspired by aerospace instrument panels, which is why these watches are Bell & Ross’ instrument range. What caught my young eyes about this watch was just how different it was from the rest of the herd on the mid-noughties mainstream horological landscape.
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A chronograph is one of the classical wristwatch archetypes. It never gets boring and often these types of watches even get better over time.

Bell & Ross is no stranger to chronographs and its emblematic timers have significantly contributed to the brand’s popularity.

With the new BR V3-94 Black Steel, Bell & Ross adds a new chronograph to its Vintage collection. This means that it is more classically inclined than models in either the Instrument or the Experimental collections.
he watches in the Vintage collection are more understated than their siblings, but don’t underestimate their potent design: they tend to age well – like good wine – and offer a variety of details that brighten up your day whenever you check the time.

Replica Bell and Ross BR V3-94 Black Steel: a restrained sports watch
Bell & Ross highlights the bezel with a 60-minute scale, which can be used to measure short periods of time. But I say don’t count out its usability as a diving bezel. While I prefer my diving bezels with minute marks, which I admit wouldn’t match with the BR V3-94 Black Steel design, the only thing really keeping it from being a nice tool watch for the amateur diver is that the bezel rotates bidirectionally.

A slight disappointment for the enthusiastic diver, but understandable as most people will use the bezel above water not below, making the bidirectional bezel far handier. Still a pity to some extent as the BR V3-94 has a healthy 100-meter water resistance, which is impressive given that while the crown is screw-in, the chronograph pushers are not. And it has a sapphire crystal case back.
While I wouldn’t blink an eye about taking this watch into the water, its tachymeter scale illustrates that it also has a passion for speed on land. This shows that the BR V3-94 Black Steel is at its core a multifunctional sports watch, but that’s selling it short.

The BR V3-94 Black Steel is proof positive as to why, since around the 1990s, sports watches have become acceptable to wear with a suit and tie. It stands out just enough thanks to its robust appearance, while the black dial and bezel prevent it from becoming overbearing.

Addressing the elephant in the room: does it look a bit like a Rolex Daytona? Yes and no. The Daytona’s design has grown into one of the archetypal chronographs and many brands have been inspired by it to create their own interpretations.

A case can be made that watch brands should create and not replicate. While this is a valid opinion watchmaking is also a business, the design of the Daytona is immensely popular, and the vast majority of people interested in high-end watchmaking don’t have deep enough pockets (or the right relationship with an authorized dealer) to obtain a Rolex Daytona.

Making watches that give those people more affordable alternatives is simply good business, although I do prefer brands that inject their models with healthy doses of their own DNA as well.

The BR V3-94 Black Steel is such a watch. While the case profile may indeed resemble the Rolex Daytona, it’s also different in many other ways.

With a diameter of 43 mm, there is also plenty of room for a well-proportioned dial. Bell & Ross has never had trouble delivering that, and the BR V3-94 Black Steel is no exception. The brand uses its aviation-style heritage to create a very functional dial that also possesses a timeless charm.

One of the things I always appreciate about Bell & Ross’ Vintage line is that sharp edges are not part of the design proposition. This allows the details to fit in easier while standing out, which the owner is also likely to appreciate.

One of those details is that none of the subdials cut into anything, creating a symmetrical look where only the date stands out. But even that is subtle: Bell & Ross went to the effort to make the date window round and the background black, allowing it to perfectly blend in.

Bell & Ross BR V3-94 Black Steel: details
Bell & Ross delivers the BR V3-94 Black Steel on either a stainless steel bracelet or a black calfskin leather strap. The latter comes with a small metal attachment that covers the gap between the case and the strap.
While it looks good, it also makes it look a bit more Daytona-like – also because it has the three-segment design of an Oyster bracelet.

For the metal bracelet, Bell & Ross avoided the direct comparison by going for an H-shaped link connected with inner squares. I have extensive experience with Bell & Ross bracelets and can confirm that while they might look simple, they always deliver a very high degree of wearing comfort.

I feel that comfort is an underappreciated asset: it is the worst thing to have a great-looking watch that is uncomfortable to wear so they spend the majority of their time in the watch box. That’s definitely not the case here.

The BR V3-94 Black Steel is powered by Caliber BR-CAL.301. This is an ETA 2894-2, which is, in turn, an ETA 2892-A2 with a chronograph module. While some may wish for a manufacture movement instead, using the ETA base keeps the price down has the added advantage of being a sturdy and reliable performer.

The ETA 2892-A2 powers quite a few Bell & Ross chronographs, but also watches like the Rado Hyperchrome Chronograph and some Chopard Mille Miglia models. In that light, I consider the price of the BR V3-94 Black Steel appropriate, especially given its thought-through design and my expectation that it will age rather nicely and gently.