The case, in stainless steel with a striking, gunmetal-gray PVD finish, contributes to the watch’s vintage look, as does the distressed-look calfskin leather strap. In another aesthetic and functional nod to the WW II-era watches that inspired this model, its case is equipped with moveable strap fasteners that adjust to the wrist for a comfortable fit. Also designed to enhance wearing comfort is the big crown, which is positioned at 9 o’clock, rather than the traditional 3 o’clock.
Bell & Ross has outfitted this vintage military-style watch with a modern, automatic regulator movement by Dubois-Dépraz. The sapphire crystal has a non-reflective coating and the numerals, hands and indices are coated with a sand-colored luminous substance. The case is water-resistant to 50 meters. A retail price of $6,600 will snare you this ticking tribute to the aerial navigation tools of the 1930s and ’40s.