The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 MA-1 is the company’s newest offering and perhaps its best-looking timepiece to date. It’s a limited edition B&R watch that bears the well-known orange and green design that resembles a military jacket. Bell & Ross is based in Paris and this watch model is one of their best and most fashionable yet. Here are ten things you didn't know about the amazing Bell & Ross BR 03-92 MA-1:
1. What is the Bell & Ross BR03 collection?
According to ABlogtoWatch, it’s a grouping of B&R’s long standing models and it’s smaller than their usual watches, like the iconic BR01 at 46mm-wide. The BR03 is only 42mm-wide and square in shape, while also giving a serious nod to cockpit instrument-styling.
2. Is it a limited edition watch?
Yes, the BR 03-92 MA-1 was actually made by B&R as a limited edition watch (only 999 pieces). Although the company has produced numerous BR03 models throughout the years (and all of them quite handsome), they’re still highly collectible for avid wristwatch enthusiasts because they just look so darn good with their singular military styling.
3. What kind of strap does the BR 03-92 MA-1 have?
It's a reversible strap and one side is the same color of green khaki as the MA-1 military jacket while the other side is orange. In addition, those same green and orange colors from the iconic bomber jacket are further highlighted on the watch's green ceramic case. The same colors, of course, are used well on the handsome BR03-style dial. And, naturally the dials themselves have been inspired by the special analog instruments that you would expect to find in a vintage military airplane.
4. What was the actual origination of the BR 03-92 MA-1 wristwatch style?
Bell & Ross wanted their highly-collectible limited edition BR 03-92 MA-1 wristwatch to be visually matching the classic 1958 nylon bomber jacket. The fact is that this particular style of bomber jacket heralded in military clothing's modern era. What set it apart was the fact that it was made using a synthetic material rather than leather. On top of that, it contained that signature brightly orange-colored inside and, in emergency situations, could even be utilized as a rescue operation visual.
5. Was the MA-1 jacket always just a piece of military clothing?
No, the MA-1 jacket eventually morphed into a civilian use jacket. Now, more recent years have found it to be the subject of numerous high-fashion design collabs as well as being turned into some amazing luxury products. In fact, urban military-inspired fashions have never been so red hot! Obviously, that is why Bell & Ross were incredibly brilliant when they made that military styling into something really special as part of its always-relevant timepiece collection.
6. Has there been any criticism of the BR 03-92 MA-1 from the public?
We were hard-pressed to find any, however, it could possibly be criticized by some for the fact that it's too much of a literal interpretation of the MA-1 jacket only in timepiece form. So, quite possibly a few timepiece collectors could start denouncing this wristwatch collection for lacking a tiny bit of what they might call "creative art". On the other hand, however, many design enthusiasts are literally celebrating the military jacket's literal translation into such an amazingly attractive wristwatch form.
7. What are the actual specs of the BR 03-92 MA-1?
Well, for starters, the watch's ceramic case is matte green and measures 42mm-wide. The watch's dial is “sandwich-style,” and has a lower layer that's orange luminant with an overlaying green “stencil dial”. The interior of this watch is an automatic movement (base Swiss ETA 2892 ). Over its dial, the BR 03-92 MA-1 offers a sapphire crystal that is AR-coated. And, last but not least, BR03 has a watch case that's water resistant up to 100 meters, which is very important to many watch collectors.
8. Where did B&R get their design inspiration for this wristwatch?
According to BellRoss.com, from Naval pilots to Elite Police Forces, Bell & Ross' timepieces have been keeping both military and civic professionals well-synchronized since the company's start. Now, B&R draws a great deal of its design inspiration from the style of those very same operatives. This year's streamlined take on the B&R pilot watches, the BR 03-92 MA-1 offers some subtle details that pay tribute to the Air Force and its legendary MA-1 flight jackets from 1958, which saw a major resurgence in popularity during the 1970s when they became a bonafide iconic style in the world of fashion..
9. Was the MA-1 bomber jacket reversible like the BR 03-92 MA-1 wristwatch?
Yes, and the jacket's bright orange lining served as something of a wearable beacon for when downed pilots had to wait for Search and Rescue. The khaki and orange color combo has through the years been identified with being military since the shades of deep dark green kept wearers camouflaged even during the most extreme and dangerous conditions. The bright orange color has some very deep roots in the field of aviation. The fact that these colors are still being utilized even today highlights their use for some of the most urgent and crucial commands within a plane's cockpit. And, it's those very airplane cockpits that were the original inspiration for the Bell & Ross instrument watches.
10. How much is the average cost of the BR 03-92 MA-1 wristwatch?
As one of only 999 limited edition timepieces, the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 MA-1 watch (reference BR0392-KAO-CE/SCA) runs $3,900 USD. All in all, the BR 03-92 MA-1 is simply a spirited and fun limited-edition Bell & Ross wristwatch. OK, it's clearly a timepiece that is perfect for some buyers' tastes but not necessarily others. But, in the end, Bell & Ross has definitely created a military-style watch that certainly livens up any watch collection. Frankly, we can't wait to see what B&R comes up with next season!
Written by Garrett Parker
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