Dive watches have so heavily infiltrated the space of everyday wear that we often forget the actual oceans that have inspired them. French watchmaker Bell & Ross is known for its cockpit instrument-inspired timepieces, sure, but today it’s time to give it credit for crafting superb divers as well. Teaming up with The Tara Ocean Foundation, also from France, Bell & Ross has unveiled a cool blue version of its BR-03.
For those unfamiliar, The Tara Ocean Foundation has been advocating for both oceanic preservation and exploration since it was founded in 2003. The first of its kind in its home nation, the organization is dedicated to better understanding the mystery of the ocean and informing the public of its findings. But TOF doesn’t simply sit behind a desk and publish bulletins all day. Rather, it also consists of a team of experienced sailors and scientists who venture out onto the seas aboard the eponymous Tara schooner to study them. For these endeavors, they need something on their wrists to help aid them.
Worn by the crew of the Tara and limited to just 999 pieces, the new BR 03-92 Diver Tara is constructed using a 42mm squared ceramic case colored in matte blue and featuring a blue and orange unidirectional fully-graduated bezel. Matching the case is a blue circular dial and either a blue rubber or orange synthetic fabric strap. Housing the in-house BR-CAL.302 automatic movement, this watch, aside from its colorway and co-branding, is exactly the same as the standard BR 03-92 that we know and love, including the 300m of water resistance, the date window at 4:30, the crown guard, and the screws on all four corners of the case. The caseback, however, features an engraving of the Tara boat along with the foundation’s logo and edition numbering.
Available right now from Bell & Ross’ website, the BR 03-92 Diver Tara for The Tara Ocean Foundation is priced at $5,600.