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B&R - Out of fashion or not great reps?

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I've always quite liked Bell & Ross but noticed that they're not that popular on here. See very little M2M, incoming, recent reviews etc. Just wondered if it's because they're poor reps or just because they've fallen out of fashion somewhat?

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malkie   

B&R are not poor reps, they are very good. I owned a gen BR-02 and a rep at the same time. The only difference I could note was the orange on the gen was a little brighter.

I have also owned a rep Aviator which was superb.

Fallen out of fashion is more likely.

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GenTLe   

Some of the B&R are top quality rep.

The BR02 have been super rep, the 03 type aviation too, with even the gen movement inside, and the new ones with the Miyota 9015 are great too.

The 123 is gorgeous even if not a super rep because they used the Miyota 9015 instead of the Asian 2892 (same movement of the gen) but still it's a fantastic watch.

Simply they are not for all with their shape :)

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I have a B&R-02/92 that's a super rep, with a 2824-2 inside!

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Truly a Great Watch to own!

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Very nice indeed Nikos. I like the 03-92s, especially the military type. I think they look awesome on a green nylon strap.

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Very nice indeed Nikos. I like the 03-92s, especially the military type. I think they look awesome on a green nylon strap.

Thanks mate!

 

Cheers!

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cvp3   

BR-02/92 is the only one I ever owned and kept for more than 2 years. Looks big, wears much smaller and has presence.

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greg_r   

I have a couple of B&R watches. Some of the reps are pretty damned good.

 

BR01 on gen strap:

 

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BR02 (this one is about 9 years old)

 

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Still loving mine and it gets more compliments than any of my other watches.

 

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GenTLe   

Same here :

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ag69   

I picked up a 21j BR1 here from M2M to try it out. Pretty good watch given it's a 21j.

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edwinowl   

As mentioned the BR 02 is an awesome rep and probably the only one I'd consider buying

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B&R seems to go in and out of favor on the boards. When I first started, there was some solid BR01 reps that were close to super reps, then it got quiet for a while, and there were reports from the factories that B&R was being phased out for newer brands....which is right about the time Tudors started rolling out. Then maybe 18 months ago, there was group on RWI that pushed to get a new BR03 rep made -- I think they went as far as to help source a gen, send to a factory and organize a group to guarantee a batch buy. That batch is the latest Miyota 9015 model you'll see on the TD sites -- I guess there are some minor flaws in the shape/size of the bezel, but otherwise a very solid rep.

 

If you're going to buy one, I'd highly recommend the BR03's, they are very nice reps and probably you're best bet when it comes to B&Rs

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I have a couple of B&R watches. Some of the reps are pretty damned good.

 

BR01 on gen strap:

 

br01-060614.JPG

 

BR02 (this one is about 9 years old)

 

br02-211009.jpg

 

:drool:

 

They're both lovely. The gen strap really sets the 01 off.

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B&R seems to go in and out of favor on the boards. When I first started, there was some solid BR01 reps that were close to super reps, then it got quiet for a while, and there were reports from the factories that B&R was being phased out for newer brands....which is right about the time Tudors started rolling out. Then maybe 18 months ago, there was group on RWI that pushed to get a new BR03 rep made -- I think they went as far as to help source a gen, send to a factory and organize a group to guarantee a batch buy. That batch is the latest Miyota 9015 model you'll see on the TD sites -- I guess there are some minor flaws in the shape/size of the bezel, but otherwise a very solid rep.

 

If you're going to buy one, I'd highly recommend the BR03's, they are very nice reps and probably you're best bet when it comes to B&Rs

 

I guess it follows demand. I'm pretty sure prices for gen B&R have gone down over the years but might just be my imagination.

 

Thanks all for the responses and pics, Looks like it will be moving up my wishlist.

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edwinowl   
I really want a BR126 Aeronvale....

 

Bell-ross-126-Aeronavale-5.jpg

 

That's lovely.

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GenTLe   

That should be fairly easy for the factories to do, no?

 

The BR126 Aeronvale?

Not at all. That one has inside a 2894, which is a 2892 which has on top a Dupraz Dubois chrono module. there is no such movement in the rep domain. A modified 7750 would be much thicker so no way.

At most they could use a handwind chrono but again... Plus the "venus 75" is not a date movement. So no.

 

But THIS has more potential to be done (a2892 modified):

Bell-ross-123-aeronavale-4.jpg

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Xpletiv   

Man, oh man, am I out of touch with movements.....

 

Alright, then I'll at least take that one with the modified...

as long as it's reliable.

 

 

and, then, without a DW? Hmmmm, still kind of looking the same, but just missing the DW.

Yup, that would definitely work, too!

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FL13   
I really want a BR126 Aeronvale....

 

Bell-ross-126-Aeronavale-5.jpg

 

That's lovely.

 

If it were a 40mm instead of 43mm I'd have bought one already. I just can't do the size. :(

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