Bell and Ross are certainly no strangers to aviation having supplied military and aviation professionals with reliable timepieces since their founding in 1992. For 2019, the Swiss watch manufacturer has taken inspiration from the US Air Force and their legendary MA-1 bomber jacket first developed in 1958. Following the same khaki green and orange aesthetic, the new Bell and Ross BR 03 92 MA-1 Limited Edition watch does a fantastic job of commemorating the iconic piece of clothing.
The MA-1 jacket was originally developed during the emergence of the Jet Age for pilots in need of clothing that provided performance, safety, and comfort. With aircrafts reaching higher and therefore much colder altitudes, the jacket was required to keep pilots warm. Just like the strap of this Bell and Ross BR 03 92 MA-1 watch, the MA-1 jacket was also reversible with khaki green on one side and a bright orange fabric on the other, something that could serve as wearable beacon for stranded pilots waiting for Search and Rescue.
Since the 1970’s, the MA-1 bomber jacket has become a highly desirable fashion item and thanks to the matching aesthetics of the Bell and Ross BR 03 92 MA-1 Limited Edition watch, it has become just as lust worthy for those that have always dreamed of owning the jacket. The case of the Bell and Ross MA-1 watch measures to 42mm in size and is crafted from dark khaki coloured ceramic while the sandwich dial cuts away around bold orange numerals and indices coated in glow in the dark Superluminova. The colours of the case and dial are also matched by the reversible calfskin leather strap which presents khaki green on one side and bright orange on the other.
Hidden within the Bell and Ross MA-1 Limited Edition watch is the BR-CAL.302 automatic mechanical movement based on the Sellita SW300. It equips the timepiece with standard hour, minute and seconds function, a date window at 4 o clock and a power reserve of 48 hours. The limited edition provides a water resistance of 100 metres thanks to the closed case back decorated in the famous Bell and Ross logo and the scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass coated in anti-reflective treatment.
Being both a fashion item and a serious horological instrument, we don’t have any hesitations that the Bell and Ross BR 03 92 MA-1 watch will sell out quickly on its release. With only 999 pieces being made, we highly recommend placing an order for one as soon as possible. If you would like to find more information on the Bell and Ross MA-1 Limited Edition and to place a pre-order for its release this July, click here.
- Case Size: 42mm
- Case Material: Dark khaki coloured ceramic
- Bezel: Fixed
- Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
- Case Back: Closed
- Water Resistance: 100 metres
- Movement: BR-CAL.302 automatic
- Functions: Hour, minute, seconds, date
- Power Reserve: 38 hours
- Frequency: 28,800vph
- Jewels: 25
- Dial: Matt khaki upper insert with orange Superluminova numerals and hands
- Strap: Reversible khaki/orange calfskin leather with PVD coated pin buckle
- Limited Edition: 999 pieces
- RRP: £2,990
- Release Date: July 2019