Bronze is a tiny theme in watch industry in recent years, actually I did not like bronze watch before, because it can be oxidized easily. However, after wearing the Panerai PAM 382 for years, I seem to fall in love with the aging effect which the oxidizing case brings, the entire watch will look more masculine as time goes by, before, Panerai, Zenith and IWC had their bronze models, now I am going to introduce another bronze watch coming from Bell Ross, which is not a very popular square brand watch in our industry. Having been silent for a long time, will Bell Ross become the focus again with this new bronze watch?
The big square case is measured to be 42mm wide, and 42mm in length, while only 11mm thick. This is an 1:1 case profile from original watch, the case and bezel of this tool watch are made with bronze material, which is first used by Bell Ross I think. Nowadays, on most modern timepieces, every sign on the case makes them not only a timepiece, but as a tool or bracelet in more times. Like this Bell Ross BR03-92 Diver model, the four screws on the case corner, black engravings on the bezel and bezel lock mark, all these details decorated this watch to be a “machine”. Actually I do not like the watch in a square case, for this square 42mm BR, it is a little bigger for my small wrist.
The dial and band add score to the replica watch. High legibility is the biggest selling point, hour markers, hours hand and minutes hand are applied white, which not only forms a high contrast with the black background, but also offers a strong green lume light in all dark situations. The replica comes with a wide aged black leather strap, while I think it is a bit stiff, not very comfortable to wear, but fortunately the factory offers another pair of rubber straps for this watch, you can change the band by yourself very convenient.
The replica is sold at $358 usd, for bronze watch fans, this price is not competitive. At this price level, the Tudor Black Bay Bronzo, IWC Spitfire IW387902 and Big Pilot Bronzo are more popular. And I think it is better to get Panerai PAM 382 just need to pay dozens of dollars more.