Nothing like nice watches and fast cars. Yesterday, while driving around the city we decided to work on a quick review of the Bell & Ross Marine BR02-94 Carbon Chronograph. In our opinion, one of the best looking Bell & Ross watches out there.
This sporty watch, comes with a massive black PVD case measuring 44 mm and provides outstanding wrist presence. This Diver's Chronograph, was a great addition to the Bell & Ross BR02 Marine line of watches several years ago.
The watch is fitted with an inner elapsed times bezel that can be rotated via the crown at 10 o'clock. However, the crown needs to be unscrewed to rotate the bezel and screwed back in before immersion in water. The bezel is graduated and toothed to 60 minutes and rotates very smoothly with a nice clicking sound.
All crowns and pushers are fitted with a rubber ring to facilitate their operation while wearing diver gloves or in case the watch is wet. The chronograph pushers just like the crown at 10 o'clock, need to be unscrewed in order to operate the 30-minute decompression chrono. The pushers need to be pressed hard in order to start, stop or reset the chrono function. The BR02-94 comes with a very soft and comfortable rubber strap with a PVD pin buckle in addition to a nylon strap that is also included inside the pelican box that comes with the watch.
The case back is very solid, does not protrude too much and it's marked with the iconic Bell & Rolls logo '&'. The anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal is very thick in order to withstand the pressure of its depth rating—500m/1,500 ft— and the watch is also fitted with a decompression valve on the side of the case at the 9 o'clock position. The decompression valve is necessary when using a decompression chamber.
Overall, the watch is very nice and the luminescent material on the dial and bezel provides a blue glow that is bright and long lasting. The matte dial is nicely finished with recessed registers at 3 and 9 o'clock —running seconds at 3 and 30-minute chrono at 9. The minute hand comes with an orange border that eases its readability underwater and provides a nice contrasting touch of color.
This 30-minute chronograph, is a true diver's watch and definitely a great timepiece to wear this summer. If you find one, grab it as they are becoming more scarce. The BR02-94 Carbon is also available in stainless steel and in a combination of PVD with rose gold. Sticker price for the Carbon one $5,900.
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