Bell & Ross 03-88 Aviator

Discussion in 'Photo Gallery' started by loszabo, May 16, 2009.

  1. RW16610

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    Great picturs there, guys :cheers:
  2. Pete17

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    Great watch Lo. Those B&R's look "all business"
    I have only ever seen one in the flesh before.
    How do you find the B&R watches?
    What's the quality and reliabilty like?
  3. loszabo

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    I love B&R watches and I'm really hooked. Cool design, but not too much. Also some watches are the real deal and issues to some serious users (e.g. GIGN, French airforce, etc.)

    Unfortunately I have some issues (moisture) with my BR03-88 and had to return it the second time for warranty issues. :thumbsdown:

    My BR03-92 Military works like a charm since I bought it in November.
  4. moby33

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    I hope you don't have any issues with the BR03-92 as I'm sure you won't (I'm a big believer most issues arise within the first couple months of ownership). But like you & your 03-88, I had some issues with my B&R. I posted this info on another board, but figured it was germane if some are considering the brand - here's what I wrote:

    I wore a B&R BR01-94 (chrono version) for a little over a year. I loved the style & 46mm case...and even though it was large, they are pretty slim IMO and therefore didn't wear as HUGE as they appear. But, I must admit I wasn't thrilled with the operation.

    The watch literally stopped on me 3 times during the course of the year...and it wasn't from lack of power reserve as I never took it off. For some reason once every 2-3 months it would simply jam & not work. After spinning the hands and freeing it, it would work great. The crown was pretty weak IMO (and compared to the Triplock, it seems like you're playing w/ a toy). The first time it jammed, I chalked it up to lack of power (was trying to talk myself into it even though I knew I was wearing the hell out of it). The second time I almost sent it in for service...but figured I would see if it happened again. Sure enough months go by w/o incident so I forget about it. Then it did it again.

    The chrono feature wasn't great either...sometimes I would have to press the reset button a few times for the hands to realign perfectly (very annoying as my Omega SMP chrono NEVER had this problem in over 4 years of operation...one touch, SMP reset perfectly - every time).

    I had all three bands (canvas & leather that came w/ it), then purchased the new rubber. Leather band looked good, but didn't age very well. Canvas band also looked pretty 'worn out' after a few times in the water. Rubber band was good...no complaints there.

    Overall, I loved the look, but too many mechanical & quality of material issues for me to be really excited about buying another one. Maybe I got a lemon...who knows.
  5. SLRdude

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    I have had no issues with mine at all, and it is about 2 years old or so.

    While I like the look of the chrono, I would never buy it due to the fact that it uses a module built on top of a non chrono movement. This is not an uncommon practice in the watch world. Many brands use it, even some high end ones.
    (speedmaster reduced is one for example).
  6. loszabo

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    As I said, the BR03-92 works as it should. No problems at all!

    What drives me crazy is, that Bell & Ross returned my watch as repaired, but my AD could verify in under two minutes that it was not completely sealed off. How can something like this happen and leave a factory??? :banghead:

    In addition my email (very professional!) was ignored so far...


    But, as I said to my AD: you know what's the worst thing about it? I still love it!!! And, I think that says a lot about a good brand.
  7. Pete17

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    We've all had little problems like that Lo. They're not confined to just B&R I can tell you.
    Omega, Rolex, Breitling etc etc
    Every now and again one slips through the quality net.
  8. Watchreport DE

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    Hi Lorenz,

    what a nice watch the BR03 is :thumbsup::thumbsup:

    I had it on my wrist yesterday and on my wish list since friday.
    So I searched the internet for som infos on this watch ........
    What a surprise I found you here with this watch and some problems and a Norwegian on the BR Forum with the same problem!

    So what exactly was your "moisture issue" ???
    Did you go for a swim? If I can´t trust a watch with using it in the water, it´s no watch for me! (I don´t mean useing the chron funktion under water!)

    So I realy like this watch, and I would love to wear it for mountainbiking and swimming but if it has a problems with water......
    I would delate it from my wish list!

    Please let me know !!!!
    Thanks
  9. loszabo

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    If you consider taking a bath in your bathtube a deep-sea swim: yes, I went for a swim.

    I had moisture under the glass and it was not fixed the first time, but fixed the second time. A good AD can check if the bezel is water-tight and mine did and showed me the print-out.

    I really love the watch as my EDC and I have a hard time chosing between the BR03-88, BR03-92, and my Sub. (The Sub is usually for traveling.)

    Right now I have the BR03-88 on me with a Altstrap calf-leather strap.
  10. Watchreport DE

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    Thanks for your information!

    What I don´t understand, is the watch is rated 100m so a normal swim should not harm it :thinking: Or did you dive? I guess not.