Back in 2003, when the BR01 was a fresh pup, Bell & Ross released this Diver 300 Chronograph watch. There is actually a similar watch called the Bell & Ross Type Aeronavale (of which an image is placed here). The Diver 300 Chronograph is a great looking dive style watch that bridges a look between the modern versus old. True to Bell & Ros style, it is an effortlessly attractive watch with a simple presentation and an eye for details. Functional in feeling, the Diver 300 is a great looking daily wear.
You’ll need to be the last judge as to whether Bell & Ross made it right with the BR 03-92 Diver — and I suggest that you try it on first — but my judgement after wearing it almost everyday for a few weeks is that they did. The Bell & Ross case is immediately identifiable as such, however the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver can also be only a serious-looking dive watch. It further handles to play the portion of a bold-wearing luxury sport watch with an aggressive presence — and at the same time, it appears purposeful and down-to-earth, so the wearer doesn’t look like he’s desperate for attention. Finally, despite that boldness and existence, its size and dimensions somehow keep it surprisingly wearable. At least, these are my impressions while wearing it.About these dimensions: Appearing at the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver on the wrist, an individual may not guess that it measures only 42mm wide. It may be a bizarre or subjective thing to say, but I would explain the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver as sporting much more like a 44mm-wide watch. Square instances will wear bigger than their measurements would imply — if you’re familiar with watch dimensions and have a habit of guessing how a watch might suit you based on pictures and specs before seeing it in person. Perchance a corner-to-corner measurement is a fantastic way of evaluating the size of a square watch because that may better represent how much wrist property it occupies. I really made an attempt to portray in a few of the photographs how well it wears on my 6.5″ (17cm) wrist — though I probably couldn’t pull off even a millimeter bigger.
The case is steel with a nice mixture of polished and brushed surfaces. It is 40mm wide, which might be too small for some, and perfect for others. The case is water resistant to 300 meters and has a sapphire crystal. I love how it looks on the metal bracelet. This specific bracelet is on a few other Bell & Ross watches and is truly fantastic. It is a bit hard to see, but the middle link is polished while the outside links are brushed. While the bezel on the Type Aeronavale is black on steel, the Diver 300 has an all steel engraved bezel. An interesting mix of an aviator and diver style bezel in design. When it comes down to it, this is in fact a hybrid between a diver and pilot watch.
You can tell that there are three versions of the dial. White, black, and black with white chronograph subdials. The watch dial looks great. Vintage looking font for the Arabic numerals, with all the necessary marks for easy reading. Lots of SuperLumiNova on the dial. the hands are an interesting mix between the two genres as well.
Inside the watch is a Swiss ETA Valjoux 2894-2 automatic movement. The subsidiary seconds dial has been removed for the bi-compax look. The Type Aeronavale retains that dial. Really just a gorgeous timepieces, and a testament to the polished and refined style that Bell & Ross is thankfully know for offering. Price was originally $3,000 – $4,000. But is available for less online these days.
See this Bell & Ross Diver 300 Chronograph watch available on James List here.