Bell & Ross Vintage collection is doing quite well for them. This is a very cool and unique chronograph watch, called the Vintage WW1 Chronograph Monopoussoir. The watch is a throwback to the look of the chronographs used by aviators back in the 1920’s only using one button for the chrono operation.
Available in ivory or a deep brown dial, W&R likes the ivory dial for this version. Though, no lume to speak of on this dial, the blued hands in combination with the ivory dial is awesome. Comes standard with a matching blue alligator strap. Wish Bell & Ross would of found a way to sneak some lume into this version. The larger crown with the single function monopusher located in the center is well integrated and an eye catcher. The crown adds a final masculine touch that is well received on the WW1 Monopoussoir. There are two subdials located at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions. No date feature on the watch, which keeps the dial less busy, but is a feature many prefer.
The Vintage WW1 Chronograph comes in at 45mm. Considering the watch has no real external bezel, it will wear smaller than 45mm. One of our favorite aspects is the domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. The water resistance is 50m, many online sites have it listed as 100m. It is not, 50m is straight from B&R’s data. This Vintage WW1 from Bell & Ross list at $7,600 USD. There are a lot of other watches to take into consideration when you are talking this kind of money. Of course, it can be found for much less with a little bit of research.
Pros – nice vintage vibe, cool chrono function
Considerations – price point, no date function, water resistance
B & R WW1 Specifications
- Case: Stainless Steel Case
- Diameter: 45mm
- Bezel: fixed
- Crystal: AR Sapphire
- Dial: Ivory or Brown
- Bracelet: Blue Alligator
- Movement: La Joux-Perret
- Power Reserve: 40 hours
- Water Resistant: 50m
- Lug Width: Fitted with 18mm strap