Why This Watch: Bell and Ross Aviation GMT

Why This Watch: Bell and Ross Aviation GMT


Another in my series – why this watch. This time, the Bell and Ross Aviation GMT, BR 03-93 GMT.

The only real problem with this was my grubby hands and not cleaning the watch enough during the photos, that’s my fault, not the watches.

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  1. Andy Carr on May 1, 2023 at 3:56 am

    Great video. Discovered this watch about a week ago. Cant stop checking it out online. GMT is missing from my collection. This is Definitely on my wishlist

  2. Brett Gosper on May 1, 2023 at 4:01 am

    Agree on your GMT, I love quite a few of the B&R range. I have a BR03-92 Steel. The black ceramic divers look fantastic too.
    I think it’s completely ok to leverage influence from other inspirational pieces, as long as you execute it well, and stick to your conviction with the overall design vision.
    B&R seem to cop a lot of unwarranted flack from the ‘experts’……. why do they dis B&R for emulating Paneri’ ish type treatments, for example, (which is a beautiful typeface, why wouldn’t you?),
    and yet, NOT put the boot into AP – for example, for such appalling typography choices on Royal Oaks.

  3. rasec sajor on May 1, 2023 at 4:05 am

    Great narration and presentation

  4. Mark P. on May 1, 2023 at 4:08 am

    I like it, never had a square watch I’d have to try it on.

  5. defenestratedone on May 1, 2023 at 4:09 am

    I’ve got the BRV2-94 with the round case in blue, like it for a lot of the same reasons. It’s a got great case finishing and fantastic date integration that disappears when you’re not looking for it and doesn’t offset the overall look. It’s also a chronograph, but doesn’t come with the bulk you see in most 7750 based models.

  6. Jeremy Rice on May 1, 2023 at 4:20 am

    Very nice watch. My favorite thing about it is the black dial and that large silver case set each other off.
    I think it’s an extremely unique and modern watch. It may be “influenced” but a bit by Panerai. So what?
    I love Anonimo and they suffer the same damning line of attack.
    Sigh, some watch fanatics want watches to be static. Everyone, stay in your lane and only the accept legacy brands count.

  7. Karl_M on May 1, 2023 at 4:20 am

    The one thing I have learned about this crazy hobby/obsession is that there is always another interesting watch just around the corner. I often am exploring on Chrono24 as I listen to your videos. Today, I took a bit of a dive into Bell and Ross. I always knew about their instrument watches. But, I found a watch I really like. It is not this square Bell&Ross you have. It is the round version of the watch. Thanks

  8. Alex Langer on May 1, 2023 at 4:22 am

    I find myself drawn to this watch as well, but as soon as I see these square cases on anyone’s wrist, I cringe. They are nice to look at, but just don’t seem to work as a wristwatch. Perhaps if they shrunk the cases down to something along the size of a Cartier Santos it would work, but the blocky shape makes it look like you strapped on an alarm clock or something.

  9. MBP 1 on May 1, 2023 at 4:28 am

    Hi from the UK Pete. Just found your channel and subscribed. Bought one of these 18 months ago and never grow tired of it. Thanks for the review.

  10. Jean Lefranc on May 1, 2023 at 4:28 am

    Date window placement ; agree it’s very good, but it comes from Sinn roots, who manufactured first B&R watches. Check the 556a

  11. Mark Wheeler on May 1, 2023 at 4:30 am

    It’s a lovely watch. I think it is one of the best in Bell & Ross’ range right now. I’ve owned a couple of square case watches and never found them to be comfortable so it’s not for me. But congratulations on the purchase and I’m happy to hear that you still enjoy it.

  12. Mark P on May 1, 2023 at 4:34 am

    Pete – I think we all know and love your eclectic style of content making. It is spot on 👏Love the clear dial on this B&R Edit: I was going to say I would love this more if they made just a round version to match the dial – it turns out they do in 42mm – now I am very interested.

  13. David JB on May 1, 2023 at 4:34 am

    A bit of a Marmite watch, or should that be Vegemite? As a former pilot I can see where it’s coming from (literally) and appreciate the attraction, and as a Panerai owner I don’t mind large squarish watches, but for me the dead square case with slab sides and exposed screws is just too brutal. Plus the size mismatch between the huge index numbers and tiny date is glaring. And if you can read that date without a loupe your eyesight must be better than mine – at age 60 I’ve reached a position of big-date or no-date for any new watches.
    Still, I guess it just goes to show that one man’s meat is another man’s poison, and my criticisms are purely from a personal aesthetic. But I’d much rather see people sporting a quirky piece like this than queuing up to praise the latest piece of dull Rolex fodder. Cheers!

  14. Perthling 1968 on May 1, 2023 at 4:36 am

    Agreed. Probably my favourite B&R. Continuing to enjoy your take on things.

  15. Paul Oshea on May 1, 2023 at 4:39 am

    What’s the lume like?

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  17. ljr35 on May 1, 2023 at 4:41 am

    You are correct about that date, it really does work – perfect place to put it. Lovely piece.

  18. martyinoregon on May 1, 2023 at 4:43 am

    Perfect date placement. Awesome watch!

  19. Bob Martens on May 1, 2023 at 4:43 am

    This is my grail.

  20. MrAceK Productions on May 1, 2023 at 4:43 am

    Very cool piece. Not quite my taste but having said that I’m yet to spend time with the square B&R. Certainly on the list to do so