Baselworld 2012: The new Bell & Ross pieces are a strong showing — for now let’s see the WII Bomber Regulator. I love regulators, and I like the overall direction Bell & Ross is headed. Recall 2011 the brand intro’d the vintage “WWI” pieces, reinterpretations of the first wrist watches worn during World War 1. For 2012 we get reinterpretations of the military watches and navigational instruments in the “WWII” collection, as you see here. Immediately you notice the deep notched bezel on this watch. Also, note the oversized crown has been placed on the left at 9 o’clock, rather than the more traditionally placed 3 o’clock. The large crown and the wide-notched bezel ensure optimal ease of use, facilitating operation while wearing gloves as a WWII pilot would have. Mechanically, I also like that this piece has a higher-end movement (Dubois Dépraz) rather than the oft-seen ETAs used by Bell & Ross, but this was probably necessitated by the watch being a regulator.
Bell & Ross WWII Bomber Regulator Watch
49mm sand sandblasted steel case with grey PVD finish, automatic mechanical movement (Dubois Depraz), distressed calfskin strap
Functions: hours (counter at 6 o’clock), minutes (central hand), seconds (counter at 12 o’clock). Bidirectional notched bezel. Numerals, index and hands covered in a sand-colored photo-luminescent coating