Bell & Ross Vintage Garde Côtes

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This year, Bell & Ross pays tribute to professionals who work with the Coast Guard, rescue at sea and, more specifically, to its helicopter pilots and divers, with two instruments designed to support them in their missions.

With this in mind, Bell & Ross has created two watches designed to meet the operational needs of professionals on the high seas. These military and civil units operate with helicopters in extremely risky and many times, spectacular tasks. The two new watches inherit the round case, which has been redesigned for a sportier and more contemporary look. They also feature a trio of colors: grey, orange and white.

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The metallic grey of the dial echoes the fuselage of the helicopters used by rescuers at sea, which is also used by the army in the camouflage on its military ships.

The orange on the dial and the second hand reflects the visual codes associated with maritime safety. It guarantees optimal time reading. It is the color of the suits worn by the divers aboard during missions. This color is visible at great distances and essential during sea rescues.

The white numerals, indices and hour and minute hands are in white. The photo luminescent coating guarantees readability, even in darkness. The collection comprises two automatic models: a three hands model with date display and a two-counter chronograph, also with date. Both are water resistant to 100 meters.

Three hander

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This version displays the hours, minutes and seconds using central hands. The date appears in a window between 4 and 5 o’clock. The brand’s iconic, imposing numerals appear at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. They are legible and guarantee optimal reading. This model, which is equipped with a bidirectional rotating bezel with a 60-minute scale, can be used to set time markers for more accurate mission timing. The crown guard ensures water-resistance and prevents accidental unlocking. This legible, water-resistant and robust timepiece is perfectly adapted for maritime rescue missions.

Chronograph

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Left: BR V2-92 GARDE-CÔTES BRV292-ORA-ST/SRB with caliber BR-CAL.302 automatic

Right: BR V2-94 GARDE-CÔTES BRV294-ORA-ST/SST with caliber BR-CAL.301 automatic

Like the three-hand model, this sportier version is equipped with a crown guard that is ideal for maritime rescue missions. The chronograph push-pieces are screwed in to guarantee optimal water-resistance and security. The fixed bezel is adorned with a black anodized insert that is graduated with a pulsometer. Coordinated with the chronograph, this function can be used to measure the heart rate. It is very useful for rescuers providing first aid. The retail price is $2,900 for the three hander and $4,600 for the chronograph. 

 

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