When it comes to brand associations, Bell & Ross has one of my favourites. In 2012, the French National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN) chose the French watchmaker to create a watch that its elite police tactical units could use while carrying out their duties.
Bell & Ross took the existing BR03-92 model and re-designed it for GIGN’s needs. The result was the BR03-92 GIGN, which featured a matte black dial and stark white numerals for readability no matter the conditions, water resistance of up to 100 metres, and a power reserve of 40 hours.
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This year, Bell & Ross once again used the BR03-92 as the template for its latest timepiece – the BR03-92 Diver Full Lum. Instead of putting lume on the watch hands and numerals, the watchmaker has coated the metal basis dial with Super-Luminova instead. The result is a dial that, as the brand proudly says, “illuminates like a punch of light” in the watery depths.
On shore, the BR03-92 Diver Full Lum’s luminescent almond green dial goes well with the matte black ceramic dial and the woven black rubber strap without looking overly garish.
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And like any diver’s watch worth its salt, the BR03-92 Diver Full Lum comes with a unidirectional rotating bezel with a 60-minute scale and is water resistant up (or down) until 300 metres.
The BR03-92 Diver Full Lum is priced at S$7,000.