After quite a while of not gathering with Bell & Ross, we plunked down with the brand at Baselworld 2019 and we found a champ in the new Bell & Ross Bellytanker Bronze chronograph.
I could say “Bellytanker” throughout the day – it’s essentially that fun. That being said, the word “belly” just doesn’t come to the front line of watch-related names, yet here we are with the Bell & Ross Bellytanker Bronze chronograph and in our brief time with it, we left away impressed.
The New Bell & Ross Bellytanker Bronze
The Bellytanker name utilized in the Bell & Ross Bellytanker Bronze stems from crisis gas tanks dangling from the bottoms of more established contender planes. As B&R’s site likewise advises us, the name is additionally utilized equivalently for salt level vehicles made out of said tanks. Several years prior, a restricted version hardened steel chronograph and three-hand model were delivered with sandy shaded dials. They were gorgeous watches, however this new piece is really eye-catching.
A Bronze Case that Won’t Oxidize
The new Bell & Ross Bellytanker Bronze chronograph, as the name states, has a case made of the copper and tin alloy. Unlike by far most of bronze-cased watches we come across, however, this material has been passivated. Now, what B&R implies by this is that the case truly won’t oxidize and turn shading like most we see. We weren’t offered a lot of detail on how this is done, yet my estimate is that the case has been covered in a type of veneer to hold oxygen back from doing its work. So, basically you’d better like gold – or if nothing else its tone – if you’re going to consider this watch.
A Warm Dial
With a dark tachymeter bezel including gold numerals and a twin-register invert panda look, the Bell & Ross Bellytanker Bronze pulls in barely enough vintage Daytona signals to cause it to appear to be natural, however there’s enough uniqueness because of applied stick and Arabic lists to remain fresh. Bell & Ross additionally made a decent showing of keeping the hands genuinely thin and the outcome is that one’s center really rests around the dial. That’s something worth being thankful for in my book on the grounds that there’s a genuine warmth going on here that truly neutralizes a tanned skin tone. Coming back to the dial, I would’ve picked to shun the round date window that sits at 4:30, yet it’s moderately unnoticeable with its gold textual style on dark background.
The Bell & Ross Bellytanker Bronze contains a domed sapphire precious stone, screw-down crown and pushers, and scre-down case back. All that amounts to a vintage looking 41mm chronograph with a cutting edge 100M of water resistance. Inside the Bellytanker, we have the BR-CAL.301, which is basically an ETA 2894-2. It’s a 37-gem secluded chronograph with a 42-hour power reserve. It’s nothing excessively novel, yet it’s known to be a dependable workhorse. B&R accommodates its chronograph on a dark calfskin tie with a bronze butterfly clasp.
Our Thoughts and Pricing
It’s genuinely stunning how tow-tone, gold, and gold-tone watches have come once more into vogue. I now and again keep thinking about whether individuals were really looking for them or if watch companies basically wanted to push something new until general society at long last chose to accept. For me, it’s fine as I appreciate colors separated from essential stainless. The Bell & Ross Bellytanker Bronze chronograph is a somewhat extraordinary contribution with its special case, however I’d like it a piece to another new delivery we saw at Baselworld in the new Tudor Black Bay Chronograph Steel & Gold . What’s astonishing is that regardless of Tudor’s utilization of an in-house development and a name related with Rolex, I really like the vibes of the Bell & Ross more! And, in any several my colleagues felt the same. At 4,900 Euros and in a restricted run of 999 pieces, the new Bellytanker unquestionably doesn’t qualify as modest, yet it’s a damn attractive watch.
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