BRV293-gmt-blue-nato-slider

Bell & Ross regularly works with elite units of the Armed Forces to design watches with specific functions, or to celebrate special milestones. Their watches are used as a tool by fighter pilots, armed police, special law enforcement, and even bomb disposal divers on their missions. Recently, Bell & Ross unveiled three new watches in their Vintage series lineup that are variations of existing models – Pilot GMT, Field watch, and Naval Aviation chronograph. Today we will focus on the BR V2-93 GMT pilot watch in blue dial, the stylish cousin of the 2018 GMT Vintage model.2018 BRV2-93 GMT BlackThe size is suitable for a modern pilot watch with 41mm case, making for an easy all-day wear watch.  The design is a perfect evolution of the vintage collection, the quarter numerals are just the right size, the hands all have a different shape for easy identification.  The box sapphire crystal gives a nod to mid-20th century watches with the protection one expects in modern watches. The bi-directional rotating bezel, in two-tone anodized aluminum, grey for daytime and blue for night-time, can track a third time zone.  For a more practical use like cooking, it can be used as a countdown timer.
BRV2-93 Blue Both Models
The dial color is galvanic blue with a sunray pattern, and conjures up the image of 1970’s PanAm airlines’ deep blue logo. For optimal legibility in all conditions, the hands, indices, and the numbers have a generous coating of white C1 SuperLumiNova. Bell & Ross excels in subtle design like the second-hand counterweight in shape of an aircraft, or the round date window between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock with a matching blue color. The red arrow of the GMT hand, and the red GMT lettering make the dial pop with a good contrast. The GMT hand can be set independently of the hour hand. Screwed-down crown with integrated protection makes the watch safe for swimming and snorkeling with a 100-meter water resistant rating.

The GMT Blue is powered by BR-CAL.303, which is essentially ETA 2893-2 movement with date and second time zone complication.  It is a slim movement; hence the overall height of the watch is only 12.5mm.  The movement can be viewed through the case back, which is fitted with a sapphire crystal. BR V2-93 GMT Blue can be purchased with either a grey and blue elastic canvas strap with a practical closure system, created using parachute straps. If you are not familiar with Erika’s Original straps, I would highly recommend visiting her website. Erika makes comfortable micro-adjustable straps from woven elastic nylon in Spain. She has been collaborating with Bell & Ross since for past couple of years. The second option is a bracelet that has just the right amount of polished links to give some bling. The short links on the bracelet hugs the wrist for a very comfortable wearing experience.
BRV2-93 Blue Cover
If you are searching for an everyday GMT watch, BR V2-93 Blue is a solid option. While the 2018 black dial GMT is more of an all-rounder, the blue dial GMT is more casual. Although, I can picture a Parisian dressed in a sharp grey suit wearing pulling off this watch very comfortably. Retail price with elastic canvas strap is $3,200, and on the steel bracelet it is $3,500. Availability is end of February 2020.

Learn More About Bell & Ross BR V2-93 GMT Blue Here

We are committed to finding, researching, and recommending the best products. We earn commissions from purchases you make using the retail links in our product reviews. Learn more about how this works.

Comments

comments