If you’ve been following Bell & Ross lately, you’ve no doubt seen their Bellytanker watches, inspired by racing vehicles fashioned in the 1950s from auxiliary fuel tanks on WWII aircraft. Now, in collaboration with Revolution Mag and The Rake, Bell & Ross has released two new special editions of the Bellytanker chronograph: the “Dusty” ($4,500) which features a satin-finished stainless steel case and central brown dial with caramel-colored tachymeter bezel, and “El Mirage” ($4,990), which features a satin-finished bronze case with a champagne dial. Both models are powered by the modular Swiss-made Sellita SW300 automatic movement and feature 41mm cases, ultra-curved sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coatings, 100m of water resistance and calfskin straps.
Both models feature dials influenced by the tropical patina of vintage watches, with “Dusty” being named for the dry lakes where vintage Bellytankers were frequently raced, and “The Mirage” receiving its moniker from the livery of a Bellytanker crafted from the tank of a P-51 Mustang. Only 100 examples of each reference will be made, but thankfully Wei Koh, Editor-In-Chief of Revolution and The Rake, and Bruno Belamich and Carlos Rosillo, founders of Bell & Ross, have worked to keep the price on both models relatively accessible.
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