BR03-93 BRONZE DIVER
After a long wait my BR03-92 Bronze Diver arrived and it's time to write a review and see if the rep is really is as close to gen as some think.
My appreciation for this brand is growing with almost every new release, this is something uncommon for me.
This is my second Bell & Ross release, following the BR03-93 GMT you can read and see HEREhttps://forum.replica-watch.info/fo...3-gmt-pictorial-review-and-gen-rep-comparison.
Frankly, I find many contemporary watches boring but there is something about the B&R brand that speaks to me. I think somehow I identify this brand with the early Panerai years, when a new watch design was more about substance than searching for the latest "wow factor".
Let's see the both gen and rep in detail:
You can find a very good review filled with nice pics HERE
The BR03-92 Bronze Diver was released in 2018 in a 999 pieces limited edition with a retail price of 3,990 usd. At this price tag going gen is not out of question imho and it would be a good way to support a growing and worthy brand. Something to consider for those who can afford it.
At the same time I have to say this rep release is so glaringly exceptional that it deserves to have the right exposure, hoping more releases will follow from this factory.
As you can see, case-wise there is really little to complain about the rep. Case shape and finish is exactly the same as gen. If anything, the seemsto have an overall rounder finish on the edges, look at the top of the lugs for example. Also, maybe the cut on the top screws looks wider on the rep.
Rep crystal has very good AR lik the gen.
Well, just like the case, the rep dial is almost perfect as far as I can tell. The "&" in Bell & Ross inscription is a tad bit thicker on the gen, but that's all I can see really. Rose gold markers are a perfect match and the beautiful hands, with their alternated brushed and polished surfaces are spot on.
Minute track is slightly thicker on the gen.
One thing these front pics made notice is the bezel has matte black markers while the rep has a slightly more glossy paint. Numbers on the bezel are a little bolder on the rep.
Besides, my watch has a minor defect on the triangle, completely invisible IRL as I did not notice it before analyzing these pics.
Although at first glance one could say the CB is spot on too, it is maybe the weakest part in the rep.
The diver helmet engraving is more crisp and detailed in gen, while the other engravings have a slightly too tall font on rep. Very minor flaws indeed, but compared to the near perfection achieved by other aspects of this rep, they look bigger
A quick note about the rep strap is needed because, although a little too short for my 6.75 wrist, it is surprisingly decent quality. Its cracked leather look is very similar to gen, pliable and almost too soft. Correct markings are on the back lining.
Once again another great B&R rep release, this watch is definitely worth your attention both for its striking design and wearability and for its great quality replication. Let's just hope for more new releases from this factory.
A few more pics for you to enjoy
As usual any input and comment is very welcome, I would be glad to update the review with anything I missed.
Hope you enjoyed the reading and pics!