Yes/No: Bell & Ross Vintage Bellytankers V1-92 and V1-94

Bell & Ross new models BR V1-92 &  BR V2-94

Two watches created with speed in mind.  Featuring wild metallic copper dials.  As for the term bellytanker…  from Bell & Ross themselves :

Originating in the forties and fifties, the term Bellytank initially referred to the emergency drop tank fitted in the belly of fighter planes. Bellytanker is now mainly used for the high-speed race cars manufactured directly from these spare tanks. You can read more here.



The V1-92 has an automatic movement (calibre BR-CAL.302) and featured a beautiful gilt dial.  38.5mm case.

The V12-94 Chronograph also features an automatic movement (calibre BR-CAL.302)  and similar dial finish, but, of course features the chrono registers at 3 and 9 o’clock. 41mm case.  Available with a steel bracelet.

Both limited to 500 pieces.


I’d happily wear either of these.  The dial finish is more of the modern faux patina, but whatever the hell color it is, I like it on these pieces.  The black on the minutes track on the 92 really gripes me for some reason.  Also, the type on the 94’s bezel doesn’t do much for me either.  Lastly, the second hand which looks like a Concorde is fantastic.

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