Amazing Replica Bell & Ross Vintage Collection

Most generally known for their square watches, the replica Bell & Ross has been making their classic round “vintage” collection of replica watches like BR Sport Watch for years now. It’s been a short time since we took a look at this collection and fortunately for us, 2017 sees the launch of three new Bell & Ross vintage watches: the BR V1-92 Black Steel three hand and date watch; the slightly larger and more aggressive BR V2-92 Black Steel; and the chronograph BR V2-94. Let’s see what the three new Bell & Ross Vintage pilot’s watches have to provide, though I have to say I think all three knock it out of the park.
The replica BR V1-92 is the smallest and cheapest of the bunch, but it’s possibly to get the most attention. It’s got classic vintage pilot’s watch style and as you can see in the image above, the BR V1-92 (furthest watch to the right) has a simple steel bezel surrounding the “ultra-curved” anti-reflective sapphire. The dial keeps it simple and sticks to the basics. It’s highly legible and the use of only black and white on the dial along with the minimal text leads to a refreshingly restrained and unfussy dial. 

The large, long hands on the matte black dial are done in skeletonized metal filled with Super-LumiNova. The small circular date window between 4 and 5 o’clock is one of the most popular and least distracting I’ve seen in some time and it is bound to be least offensive to even the most ardent hater of the admittedly useful complication.

One notch above the fake BR V1-92 is the fake V2-92, which is a bigger, sportier, and more aggressive looking three-hander in the new vintage collection. Still running on the BR-Cal. 302 movement, this watch comes in a larger 41mm wide case with a screw-down crown. The most significant difference, though, is the rotating bezel that is present in this model. A rotating steel bezel with an anodized black aluminum ring and 60-minute scale, this bezel adds a diver’s touch to the watch. This likely will agitate pilot watch purists, but thankfully, Bell & Ross has already given them a piece to rally around in the aforementioned V1-92 replica model.
Apart from the demure steel bezel and design, watch enthusiasts who are going to lean towards smaller pieces will be happy with the 38.5mm wide case, slim profile, and simple black calfskin strap. I am not the biggest fan of watches smaller than 40mm (even less so when they’re on a strap).

In the end, the BR V2-92 replica is the chronograph model, which to me, I am very fond of. It’s 41mm wide with the curved lugs and “ultra-curved” sapphire crystal seen throughout this collection. There are two sub-dials, with a seconds counter at 3 o’clock and 30 minute totalizer at 9 o’clock. Bell & Ross replica
As a whole, it’s a very attractive and thoughtfully made chronograph in a world of countless options. I think it says a lot about the personality and taste of the person who chooses to wear this piece. Not only it is an outlier in terms of what the brand is known for, it’s a not-cheap chronograph in a world full of iconic and varied chronographs like Omega Speedmasters, Zenith El Primeros, and Breitling Navitimers. Of course, the cheapest Bell & Ross replica  is priced less than most of these – we live in a world of plenty when it comes to the second-hand market with these models. I guess the self-confidence of this watch is something that comes off in spades and would likely describe the wearer too.

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The Top Selling Replica Bell & Ross Watch

I repeated the words before, now again, vintage-inspired watches were amazing this year at SIHH and Baselworld. First there was Jaeger-LeCoultre, then Omega, then Oris, and now Bell & Ross. Despite this trend being relatively new to the market, for Bell & Ross this is old news. This year at Baselworld, Bell & Ross released the third installment of vintage-inspired watches that they have produced since 1997, shortly after their founding in 1992. While other manufactures threw back to original mid-century designs and faux patina, Bell & Ross produced a fresh line of chronographs and three-hand watches. IMG_2682
This model is a part of the third generation of vintage-inspired watches released by replica Bell & Ross. To tell the truth, the Bell & Ross has never really done it for me in the past (the square cases from the Marine and Instruments Collections just aren’t my thing), but I was really impressed by the clean lines and well-proportioned case and dial designs that I saw in this third generation of watches. The replica watch in particular really struck me as a perfect entry-level watch with both good presence and strong design.
The replica watch features a 38.5mm satin-finished stainless steel case that I think is the Goldilocks of case sizes (suits almost everyone). The case shape is a special typical one, with traditional lugs and minimal bezel, which sits well on the wrist and wears really comfortably. The thing that is so nice about using classic lugs such as these is they curve nicely over your wrist. Another detail I love is the ampersand on the well-sized crown – a small, nice additional bit of graphic punch.
The dial is a rich matte black with bright white indexes on the minutes, hours, and Arabic numerals on the quarter hours. Of all things to rave about, my biggest thing is you can actually read this watch, because let’s get real, and none of us are getting any younger. Sometimes I feel like manufacturers tend to overlook the fact that people need to, you know, tell time? And this is not lost on Bell & Ross. The contrast between the dial, the handset and the numerals make this exceptionally legible. It’s no secret I love a date, but sometimes they can look somewhat like an afterthought and this is better integrated than you often see in watches at this price. And all I can say about this one is, at least this one has a black date disk.
It’s a respectable movement, which is Bell & Ross’ take on the Sellita, a perfectly respectable automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve. The 38.5mm case allows for easy wearing and the satin-finished steel makes the watch feel less bling. Overall, it’s just a really great watch. It’s this type of thing that allows for the watch, which I think we can all agree is a great thing. It makes people feel more comfortable on the wrist.

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