Bell & Ross BR02 Steel

Par Florian Matrion, le 10 juin 2010
BR02 Steel
BR02 Steel
Diaporama
With the BR02, Bell & Ross offer us a very technical diving watch which oozes testosterone. Let's review the details.
Exclusive! review of the BR02 Steel. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
L'avis de la rédaction
69.5/100
Note des internautes
72/100

Overview

After opening the box, we discover a booklet, the watch, a second Velcro strap, and a spring bar pin for changing watchstraps. It's simple and complete.
The instructions are sober, in 7 languages, with the essentials (features, materials, an instruction manual) but there is a lack of watchmaker information.
Emphasis is placed on pressure resistance as the BR02 can support a 100 bar pressure.

But what about the watch ?
It's OK we're getting to that. It would be hasty to miss it with its 44mm case !

 

The case

Cushion-shaped, it is brushed 316L stainless steel.
The screws, sides and angles of the screwed on upper part are polished steel. It is a perfectly carried out piece of work.
The two screwed crowns (winding-mechanism and inner bezel) are rimmed with rubber, a nice touch, which improves grip.

On the back, there is the Bell & Ross ampersand logo in intaglio engraving. I like it a lot.

 

Legible is the word that best defines it. An ideal watch to be read at 1000 meters deep.

 

The dial

Legible is the word that best defines it.

An ideal watch to be read at 1000 meters deep, or for those who, like me, confuse their cat with their scarf without glasses.

No excess, just the basics with emphasis on the legibility of the graduations on the bezel.

Another extra : the minute hand is circled in red to make it stand out and differentiate it with the hours.

However, the date is really small and nearly illegible.

 

The movement

The movement is the Sellita SW200 (an alternative to the ETA 2824) manufactured by Sellita in La Chaux de Fonds.

 

 

 

But is it really good enough to dive with?

The only way to find out, is to test it.
The sea is a bit far from my house, but I do have the tub.

After donning a diving mask and Mapa gloves, I dive in...

Even with all this equipment on, screwing and unscrewing the crown on the bezel is easy. The operation is smooth and pleasant.

As might be expected, the display remains very clear and all the information is easy to see with a single glance.

 

Conclusion

The BR02 isn't made to be worn with a three-piece suit.
But at 1000 meters deep, it is in its element.
However, there's nothing holding you back wearing it on the weekend whilst watching a documentary on sharks...

 

Pros:

  • legibility
  • wearing comfort
  • ease of use of the bezel
  • two bracelets provided

 

Cons:

  • bracelet change is not very easy,
  • very small date
  • anti-reflective treatment only on one side

 

Additional information :

  • tester's wrist size = 19 cm
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Données constructeur

Marque
Modèle
Référence constructeur
Boîtier (matière)
Diamètre boîtier (hors couronne)
Diamètre boîtier (avec couronne)
Mouvement
Calibre
Base calibre
Fonctions
Verre
Capacité de la réserve de marche
Fond transparent
Entre-cornes
Longueur corne à corne
Hauteur boîtier
Etanchéité
Bracelet (matière)
Boucle (type)
Boucle (matière)
Poids total

L'avis de la rédaction 69.5/100

Confort / Agrément (/15)
détail Mouvement (/20)
Optimisation / Décoration du mouvement (/5) 0
Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
détail Finitions (/20)
Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
Qualité du travail de déco° / gravure du fond de boîte (/2) 0
Qualité du verre (/4) 0
Finitions de la boucle (interne et externe) (/2) 0
détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
Pour quelles occasions ? Quand la porter ?

Note des internautes 72/100

Confort / Agrément (/15)
Mouvement (/20)
Finitions (/20)
Fonctionnalité (/20)
Bonus (/10)
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