Bell & Ross BR V2-92 and BR V2-94 Garde-Cotes watches

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The military world has always been a never-ending source of inspiration for the French watchmaker Bell & Ross. The brand especially values those who serve there and considers them to be heroes. With the release of the new BR V2-92 and BR V2-94 Garde-Cotes timepieces, Bell & Ross is paying tribute to brave helicopter pilots and divers who rescue at sea. Created to help them in their missions, the new Bell & Ross Vintage models are designed so that they meet the needs the operational needs of professionals on the high seas. These extraordinary military units often work in extremely dangerous situations. The new watches are now available to buy at the brand’s boutiques and authorized retailers. The pricing has not yet been revealed.

Like all models from the Vintage series, the new Bell & Ross Garde-Cotes watches feature round cases. For this occasion, the case has been redesigned and now features a sportier and more modern design. The new timepieces are immediately recognized by their distinctive color scheme: grey, orange and white. The metallic grey used on the dials is evocative of the fuselage of the helicopters used by rescuers at sea. The orange featured on the minute track and seconds/chronograph hands represents the visual codes associated with maritime safety. Rescue divers wear orange suits as this color is visible at great distances. And finally we have white, the color used on the numerals, indices and hour and minutes hands. Each Bell & Ross Garde-Cotes model features a transparent sapphire back engraved with the buoy and the anchor – the symbol of sea rescuers.

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Orange is the most visible color in water


We’ll start off with the simpler model – the Bell & Ross BR V2-92 Garde-Cotes. The watch is housed in a 41 mm stainless steel case. Water resistant to 100 meters, it has a rotating steel bezel with anodized black aluminum ring and 60-minute scale. The case is also equipped with a crown guard. The dial displays hours, minutes, central seconds and date between 4 and 5 o’clock. Inside the watch we have the caliber BR-CAL.302 with 28 jewels. This self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of 38 hours. The watch is available with a stainless steel bracelet or black rubber strap. The rubber strap is secured with a folding clasp while the steel bracelet features a satin-polished steel pin buckle.

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The watches are available with stainless steel bracelet or black rubber strap


Like the previously mentioned model, the Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Garde-Cotes also has a 41 mm case that is water resistant to 100 meters. Equipped with two screwed-in chronograph push-pieces, the case on this model has a fixed bezel graduated with a pulsimeter scale. In combination with the chronograph, this feature is can be used to measure the heart rate. The dial layout is a bit different from the three-hand model and includes hours, minutes, small seconds at 3, central chronograph seconds and 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock. The position of the date window is the same as on the BR V2-92. Powering this model is the caliber BR-CAL.301. – a self-winding chronograph movement with 42 hours of power reserve. The Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Garde-Cotes is also available with steel bracelet or rubber strap.

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Both models have a sapphire caseback decorated with the symbol of sea rescuers



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