Unique piece : Vintage BR 126 Aéronavale
Teaser: The vintage naval-inspired BR 126 Aéronavale, will appeal to the elegant gentleman who favors a sporty aesthetic.
Bell & Ross draw their inspiration from aviation history and its associated military applications. The three domains of the armed forces – land, sea and air – are the elements that have fed the development of Bell & Ross’s collections from the start.
For this unique piece, the French watchmaker has customized its vintage blue-and-gold-toned model inspired by naval officers’ uniforms, the BR 126 Aéronavale. The exclusive detail that makes this watch unique is the figure 16 between two stars – an additional nod to Bell & Ross’s military inspiration – on the bezel at 4 o’clock.
This watch that is unique in the world was created to mark the 16th anniversary of the WorldTempus site belonging to the founder of the Fine Watch Club, who now wishes to enable a club member to enjoy owning it. This private collector’s item has never been worn.
The Vintage BR 126 Aéronavale comes in the round 43 mm polished steel case typical of older watches. The gold-plated hands indicate the hours and minutes, and the chapter ring with its applied gilt baton indices and Arabic numerals stands out clearly against the sunray-finished ultramarine blue dial. The watch is functional as well as elegant, with a small seconds counter at 3 o’clock and chronograph minutes at 9 o’clock, azuré guillochage detailing, and a graduated 60-minute bezel in blue anodized aluminum. Bell & Ross plays the vintage card wisely, protecting the chronograph’s dial with a deep domed sapphire glass recalling the Plexiglas crystals of yesteryear. The sapphire caseback of the Vintage BR 126 reveals an ultra-reliable self-winding mechanical movement manufactured in Switzerland, with a 42-hour power reserve. The watch comes with a polished steel bracelet.
The Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 Aéronavale unique piece is available exclusively for members of the Fine Watch Club.
- Diameter: 43mm
- Dommed sapphire crystal
- Power reserve: 42 hours
- Reliable Swiss self-winding movement
- Hours, minutes, chronograph
- Stainless steel
- Stainless steel bracelet
- Water-resistance: 100 metres