The original Bell & Ross Airborne, launched in 2009, paid tribute to the military paratroopers and especially the US Airborne divisions that played such a distinguished role in the Second World War. The limited series hit with collectors and sold out quickly. Now in 2011, a new Airborne II is offered in an edition of 999 pieces worldwide. Find pricing inside.
During World War II, soldiers adopted the skull and crossbones as a symbol of their courage, and of the danger they faced daily. The single color “phantom black” photoluminescent dial symbolize the color of death. The Airborne II’s 46mm case is aged steel with the appearance of a watch which has acquired a patina over time. This “rifle barrel” finish is achieved by repeated random rubbings. The technique does not affect the steel and makes each piece unique. Sword and dagger-shaped hands complete the military symbolism. The crystal is anti-reflective, and water resistance is 100 meters.
The Airborne II is priced at $5,900.