The watch industry loves to go through trends, from Pepsi bezels in 2018 to green dials in 2020. These days, brands are all about throwing an array of bright colors onto dials. After Rolex unveiled its veritable rainbow of new Oyster Perpetuals in 2020, there’s been a color party going on in the watch industry, with everyone from Omega to Oris to Sinn getting in on the action this year. Now it’s Bell & Ross’ turn, as the aviation-focused brand has just released a pair of ultra-bright renditions of its vintage-style diver, the BR V2-92.
Beginning with the BR V2-92 Orange, the watch’s bright orange “Pop color” dial is meant to evoke the 1970s Golden Age of California skateboarding culture, and it definitely makes for a fun statement piece. The BR V2-92 Full Lum, meanwhile, swaps the orange for Bell & Ross’s “Full Lum” treatment on the dial. The photo-luminescent dial appears as a pale, minty green during the day, but in low light conditions, it glows a cool blue color, making the green-glowing hands and indices even more legible. We’ve seen both of these dial colors from B&R before: the Orange on the square-cased BR 03-92 Diver and the Full-Lum on the BR V2-94 chronograph, but this is their first time being implemented on the more versatile BR V2-92.
Both new variants of the BR V2-92 are in the line’s typical round 41mm stainless steel case with a unidirectional bezel sporting a black aluminum insert. Both watches also feature the same ultra-domed sapphire crystals with AR coating, calibre BR-CAL.302 automatic movement, and 100m water resistance. It’s also worth noting that both watches, thankfully, feature a date wheel that’s been matched to its respective dial color. The date appears unobtrusively in a small round window at 4:30.
Both the BR V2-92 Full Lum and BR V2-92 Orange are sold on Tropic-style black rubber straps, with the Orange also available on a stainless steel three-link bracelet. Limited to 500 pieces each, the Orange and Full Lum versions of the BR V2-92 are available now in Bell & Ross’s online shop, starting at $3,500.