Bell & Ross Vintage V1-92 & V2-94 Bellytanker Watches Hands-On

Bell & Ross Vintage V1-92 & V2-94 Bellytanker Watches Hands-On

Bell & Ross has much of the time looked to the universe of flying and motorsports for the plan motivation of their watches – for instance, a great deal of the dial formats and plan components of Bell & Ross watches depend on flight instrument boards. The recently delivered Bell & Ross Vintage V1-92 & V2-94 Bellytanker watches are enlivened by a racecar from the ’40s. The Bell & Ross Vintage Bellytanker arrangement goes for a really quieting and exemplary style and shading plan than some more forceful Bell & Ross plans .

The name Bellytanker and the related racecar really have establishes in the realm of aeronautics. A Bellytanker is the name given to the outer fuel tank of a contender fly from the WW2 time. The thought behind these was to permit the trips to have an all-inclusive reach, yet once unfilled, could be dropped mid-flight and help save weight and improve remaining efficiency. As a piece of an airplane, the Bellytankers were, by need, very streamlined and this made their plan pertinent for racecars, explicitly, for the sort of car intended to go quick in an orderly fashion in a spot like the Bonneville salt pads. As a further recognition for these cars and that era, Bell & Ross additionally planned a concept car – an advanced understanding of the Bellytanker.


Getting back to the watches, the Bell & Ross Vintage V1-92 Bellytanker is a period just watch with a date work, while the Bell & Ross Vintage V2-94 Bellytanker is a chronograph. The two watches have an overlaid metallic copper dial – a somewhat unordinary yet extremely engaging tone and finish. It helps me to remember the shade of fake patina lume that we see on a great deal of vintage re-issues however a lot more extravagant and more profound. The two watches have a steel case with a basic, recognizable case plan. The case has a brushed completion which gives it a utilitarian appearance, similar to a field watch or something you would wear to the circuit – fitting for the unique circumstance. The watches are evaluated to 100m of water opposition, and the V2-94 chronograph is even outfitted with screw down pushers, a screw-down crown, and crown watchmen to boost durability.

The contrasts between the instances of the two watches are case size, caseback, and the tachymeter bezel on the chronograph. The Bell & Ross Vintage V1-92 Bellytanker time-just has a steel screw-down caseback and is in an old style 38.5mm case size, which I think makes it appropriate for different wrist sizes and all sexes. The Bell & Ross Vintage V2-94 Bellytanker, then again, has a presentation caseback and is in a 41mm case size because of a bigger development, busier dial, and the tachymeter bezel. Once more, this is a decent size for energetic, vintage-looking chronograph.

The dial of the Bell & Ross Vintage V1-92 Bellytanker is straightforward and very neat, with applied metal hour markers including Arabic markers at 12, 3, 6, and 9. The hands are cleaned steel and loaded up with Super-LumiNova for readability in low light. A most loved element of mine present in the two watches is the stabilizer of the seconds hand, which is a straightforward triangle and is by all accounts intended to appear as though a delta-wing plane. Both the watches have a date window at 4:30 which, frankly, I’m not an aficionado of and think could’ve been prohibited. Be that as it may, this is an individual inclination and to the extent date windows go, this is all around done and the date wheel is in a similar overlaid copper tone as the dial – no compromising with a dark date wheel here. A last little detail is a dark moment part ring which adds some pop and difference to the dial of the Bell & Ross Vintage V1-92 Bellytanker.


The Bell & Ross Vintage V2-94 Bellytanker chronograph shares a ton of similar highlights like the hands, the moment part ring, and date window. The principle augmentations here are the two recessed, dark sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’clock. The previous shows running seconds and the last is a 30-minute chronograph counter. Like the section ring, the sub-dials add some pleasant visual differentiation and furthermore help neatness. The sub-dials supplant the 3 and 9 hour markers, yet the 12 and 6 Arabic markers remain and help round in and balance out the dial visually.

The Vintage V1-92 Bellytanker is controlled by the Bell & Ross type BR-CAL.302, which is basically a Sellita SW300-1 (or ETA 2892-2). With a 42-hour power save and beating at 4Hz, this is competent, solid current development found in a bigger number of watches than I can drill down here. The steel caseback has an etching of the Bellytanker concept car alongside the typical complement of text and information.

The Bell & Ross Vintage V2-94 Bellytanker chronograph is fueled by the type BR-CAL.301, which is an ETA 2894-2. I examined this development in the Tissot Heritage 1948 Hands-On article here , yet it is a measured development dependent on the ETA 2892-2. Bell & Ross has somewhat adjusted it to eliminate the third sub-dial however precisely it offers a similar 42-hour power hold and stays comparably solid. The sapphire precious stone of the showcase caseback is printed with an outline of the Bellytanker concept car. Lamentably, Bell & Ross has not shared caseback pictures of the watches, yet you most likely get the idea.

The Bell & Ross Vintage V1-92 & V2-94 Bellytanker watches will be created in a restricted run of 500 watches each. They’re estimated and planned minimalistically enough to be every day wearers as well. The Bell & Ross Vintage V1-92 Bellytanker ships on a matured earthy colored cowhide tie for $2,300 and the Bell & Ross Vintage V2-94 Bellytanker is accessible for $4,400 on an earthy colored calfskin tie or for $4,700 with a tempered steel arm band. My own inclination would be the V2-94 on the wristband. bellross.com