Bell & Ross' newest watches, the BR123 (three-hand) and the BR126 (chronograph) are, in my opinion, some of the best watches to come out of B&R in quite some time. Although the watches in the Vintage collection have always retained modest sizes, I appreciate that B&R have ignored the current trend of large (oftentimes bulky) watches. Although I certainly don't mind such watches (they make up the majority of my collection), I can't help but retain an appreciation for the smaller, timelessly designed watches such as these. I'm not trying to sell you anything, I just like the watch. The navy and gold color scheme was chosen to emulate a Naval officer's uniform. The outcome looks fantastic, but I thought I couldn't ignore the inspiration behind it. Both watches have a 43mm stainless steel case. Protecting the sunburst dial is a domed sapphire crystal, which is surrounded by a blue anodized aluminum bezel. The subdials on both watches (123 at 6, 126 at 3 and 9) have a snailed guilloché decoration. The exhibition back (although there are no photos to show it) would reveal the BR123's BR-Cal 305 and the BR126's BR-Cal 301. I just noticed it has a folding buckle, I need this watch in my life. Thankfully, the watches are among the entry-level watches with the BR123 coming in at 2,800 CHF (~$2800 USD and 4,200 CHF (~$4,300 USD).
This new Bell & Ross, the BR03-92 Ceramic Military Type, has a ceramic case (as the name suggests) and is militarily themed (the color scheme helps give this away). The dial is khaki green with white markers that contrast nicely with the dial. This will create a highly-legible dial perfect for a military-themed watch.
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