Replica Bell & Ross’ military and aviation theme has this time landed in sunnier climes with the new BR 03-92 Desert Type and BR 03-94 Desert Type, as well as a smaller, more unisex replica watch, the BR S Desert Type.
A 42mm three-hander, 42mm chronograph and a 39mm small seconds make up the trio, each with a sand-coloured dial and beige leather strap designed to blend in with the uniforms worn by pilots on desert missions.
The Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Chronograph Replica has a small seconds sub-dial positioned at 3 o’clock, with central chronograph seconds and a 30-minute sub-dial at 9 o’clock. On all three models, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it date window sits between 4 and 5 o’clock; thankfully, the background colour of the date wheel has been matched to the sandy khaki of the dial.
A minute track runs around the flange, and inside is the calibre BR-CAL.301, previously used in the very similar, all-black Aviation BR 03 automatic chronograph.
Swiss Replica Bell & Ross opted for a quartz movement for the 39mm BR S Desert Type (below), a BR-CAL.102, which has the same small seconds dial as the chronograph positioned at 6 o’clock.
It’s a more unisex model, with a smooth rather than spikily-textured crown.
The BR 03-92, meanwhile, has an automatic BR-CAL.302 inside and, unlike the other two, central seconds.
The black ceramic cases were picked for its resistance to acidic conditions, high temperatures, corrosion and erosion.
All three replica watches uses a sandwich dial construction: if you look closely at the numerals and hour markers: each one is actually cut out of the beige upper layer of the dial, straight down the black photoluminescent layer below. It’s a military marking technique that means the contrast is easy to read in the daytime, whilst also allowing legibility at night.
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What’s more, it adds a pleasing depth to each dial – all-beige can’t help but look a little, well, beige, and printed or applied numerals would just be a bit flat.
Each model is water-resistant to 100m and can also be purchased on a utilitarian black fabric strap.