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NEW: Bell & Ross introduces the new BR 01-93 24h GMT watch with GMT function


Bell & Ross introduces the new BR 01-93 24h GMT watch designed for long travelers with its GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) function displaying the time at two different points on the globe simultaneously. The white hands on the main dial indicate the time at the wearer’s current location while the orange hand on the 24 hour graduated inner bezel shows the time in his country of origin. The large, white photoluminescent numerals, the inner bezel and the orange-colored GMT hand stand out against the black of the dial for perfect readability. This model comes with a glass bead blasted steel case with carbon powder coating, a black dial with the numbers, indexes and hands coated with photoluminescent finish for night reading, anti-reflection sapphire crystal glass is water-resistant for up to 100 meters and its strap comes in rubber or heavy-duty synthetic fabric.

Bell & Ross BR 01-93 24H GMTTechnical specifications

Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds. Second time zone
(Unidirectional interior bezel graduated to 24h). Date.

Case: Size 46 mm. Glass bead blasted steel with carbon powder coating. Screw-in crown.

Dial: Black. Numbers, indexes and hands are coated with a photoluminescent finish for optimal night reading.

Glass: Anti-reflection sapphire crystal.
Water-resistance: 100 meters.

Strap: Rubber or heavy-duty synthetic fabric.


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NEW: Bell & Ross and ONLY WATCH 2009

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Bell & Ross supports the Only Watch project and also its incredible fundraising efforts in order to continue with the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This year the brand will join forces with the Only Watch project with the objective of helping children suffering from this disease.

The Bell & Ross ONLY WATCH gets to be a unique version of the BR 01 Airborne, which, in its original black carbon version stands as a watch inspired by a military symbol. Developed to honour the soldiers who fought during World War II, particularly the paratroopers of the US Airborne divisions, the skull was one of the emblems they wore on their uniforms. The BR 01 Airborne represents the attitude of these courageous men in the face of all the dangers they affronted daily. The subtle black diamonds covering the case contrasts with the glittering white diamonds on the dial and, as a result of the material blending, techniques and play on light, the military symbol stands as a high fashion jewellery.

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The History of Bell & Ross Watches

A group of designers and specialist of aircraft and space controls met to discuss the possibility of the creation of watches for professional use. They intended to take part of the great Swiss watchmaking tradition and at the same time take the demands of people facing difficult and extreme situations into account.
Used as tools on their missions, Bell & Ross watches are worn by astronaut’s pilots and bomb disposal experts.
The extreme situations that pilots, divers, astronauts and bomb disposal experts have to face, for instance, violent accelerations, exceptional temperatures and dangerous pressures, are examined and studied by Bell & Ross.

In order to guarantee that the customer’s needs are covered, Bell & Ross hires professionals who know how. Its unique aim is to design a utilitarian watch. Due to this, great watchmakers, engineers, designers and professional users work together in the same direction, holding the same belief. The vital is never compromised by the shallow.
Bell & Ross watches are led by four basic principles: trustworthiness, performance, and precision and water resistance. Therefore, every single detail has a purpose and a function. The latest adjustments of watches in Switzerland, in the production unit of La Chaux-de-Fonds, are developed, assembled and performed by Bell & Ross watchmakers.
In 1993, Bruno Belamich and Carlos A. Rosillo, two friends from childhood, decided to take awesome adventures in the watchmaking of the 20th century.

The brand Bell & Ross brand could be just defined by the concepts of efficiency, reliability and legibility.

Sinn, a manufacture who specialized in the production of dashboard meters, was joined by these two smart inventors who decided to collaborate with him. Due to this collaboration, Space One and Hydro were born.

The second idea was to help the brand gain a strong identity as a perfect chronometer so as to meet the wishes of the demanding users.

Not only was Bell and Ross adopted by NATO and the Air Force, but also by the French security service’s bomb disposal squad.

In order to highlight, they designed and created Hydromax, an impressive watch able to resist deep underwater work to 11,000 meters.

The also had the ability to restore with a huge success the taste for pilot watches, which was starting to be forgotten.

It was in 1994 when the first automatic chronometer meant to be used in the space was re issued. It was the Bell & Ross Space 1. In 1983, this watch was worn by the German astronaut Reinhart Furrer, a German astronaut on the Spacelab mission.

In 1996, the Bell & Ross Bomb Disposal Type was created.

It was designed to be worn by the bomb disposal unit of the French Security Services. The watch featured an anti-magnetic, A-magnetic case, and the legibility, trustworthiness and exactitude to address the particular needs of bomb disposal operations.
In 1997, Bell & Ross was awarded for the Hydro Challenger, a watch which keeps a record in the Guinness Book of records for a world water resistance (11,000 meters).
In 1998 the Space 3 chronograph was born, proving Bell & Ross’ know how. It has a screwed down, T-Crown system, a telescopic retractable winding crown, which allows the winding crown which can fit the depth of the case.

In 2000 there was a second increase in the Chanel stake. However, Bell & Ross preserved a majority holding.
Bell & Ross made public the modern multifunction men’s watch Function in 2001. It brought together the classic style with the modern movement’s digital display and analog.
Due to Bell and Rose collaboration with the genius watchcraftman Vincent Calabrese, the Vintage 123 Heure Sautante was born in 2002. It is the first hour hand watch with power reserve indicator and with an automatic movement. It was the end of the cooperation with Sinn and the production at Chatelain in Chaux des Fonds.

As a render to women, Bell & Ross created the Mystery Diamond in 2003. It absolutely hid the top secret mystery of its lightness, which was due to a floating diamond that turns between the crystal and the dial to show the time.

In 2005 the BR 01 Instrument was presented. This wristwatch was born of an airplane clock.

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