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    BR01-94 White dial & Steel

    I've recently seen images of numerous B&R white dial BR01s.

    I quite fancy their very apparent stylish / classy look as well as versatility. BUT I have a technical question please.

    It seems the "white" dial is in fact and "off-white" or linen natural colour - especially compared with the sharp white Superluminova.

    Why did B&R drop the white dial (was it just excessive SKUs?)?

    IS THE WHITE DIAL more susceptible to UV damage than the black dials?

    Are the watch crystals UV protected? Will sunlight tend to age the white dial quicker than the black dial?

    More commonly I've sen the BR01-96 which already had a sense of style all it own due to the appliques and big data. I've now seen the BR01-94 in a white dial - Wow!

    In Australia our UV ray strength is huge.

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    Hi SPG8,
    My 01-94WF is now 5 years old, and dial keep its specific color, closer to Ivory than pure white.
    Ok, don't live in Australia, and sunny days are pretty rare in Northern France, but sure that dials are stable.
    Sapphire isn't glass but a crystal, Corindon crystal to be precise.
    UV are naturally stopped by glass and crystal. It'd be different if it was PMMA (plexi), which needs a treatment to be UV-stop.

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    Many thanks for that very helpful information.

    Yes, you reminded me of the properties of crystal.

    While I certainly don't "need" another watch of BR at that, I have taken the opportunity to buy a white dial BR01-94 "new / old stock" that came up through a big dealer group at a wonderful price (because it has had a lot of customer display handling but is in mint condition).

    I found the chrono version in the white dial and its different hands a stunningly compelling buy! It is also an unusual version which made it very appealing too.

    I hope to receive it next week and am very excited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPG8 View Post
    Many thanks for that very helpful information.

    Yes, you reminded me of the properties of crystal.

    While I certainly don't "need" another watch of BR at that, I have taken the opportunity to buy a white dial BR01-94 "new / old stock" that came up through a big dealer group at a wonderful price (because it has had a lot of customer display handling but is in mint condition).

    I found the chrono version in the white dial and its different hands a stunningly compelling buy! It is also an unusual version which made it very appealing too.

    I hope to receive it next week and am very excited.

    Congrats Man!!!! Looking forward to the pics!!!
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    well done SPG8 !
    very smart instrument indeed, pics asap please

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPG8 View Post
    I hope to receive it next week and am very excited.
    Congrats BRo!! Can't wait to see it!!
    Until you receive it..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kronofred View Post
    Congrats BRo!! Can't wait to see it!!
    Until you receive it..

    Very nice pic!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Armidoro View Post
    Very nice pic!!
    My pleasure Armi, thanks!
    White Dials Club is strong, the Force is with us!!

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    Now for strap decisions! :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Kronofred View Post
    Congrats BRo!! Can't wait to see it!!
    Until you receive it..

    Thanks. Yes I'm itching to get my hands on it.

    I love that pic too. Well taken.

    It seems that the lighter colour straps might work best with this. Light tans of varying styles and stitching should be nice. What colour leather straps are you fellows wearing?

    From this pic it seems the outside leather is a white or light gray? The lining seems light tan.

    I have found that other than obvious black straps, the light tans etc seem to work best on the PVD cases. So using light colours on the white dial should provide me another for the BR01-93.

    I've ordered one for it from Peter Gunny's Gunny Straps. He just did 2 for my BR02-94 steel and blew me away with how beautiful they are and great to wear. In fact I prefer and bought straight straps for the BR02 because I think the tonneau case deserves to be seen better than with the BR OEM strap design. He does vintage and distressed straps so very well and is definitely a master leather worker.

    By the way if I can be excused for advertising Peter here, he is so so helpful and patient while I have been messing about making my choice.

    Cheers.
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    This strap is beige... It comes from BandRbands


    Black straps match as well.. Here's one of my fav' combo, a black hornback gator, from the same strapmaker :


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    They both look very smart!

    Yes Ron's BandR Bands are excellent. I also have the black hornback gator which looks a treat on everything I attach it to. It's also a beautifully made strap.

    In fact today I have just received a honey hornback gator from Ron. It is just superb. I'm sure it will look wonderful on all steel case BR01sand maybe even the GMT too. So I will be keen to try it on the white dial as well.

    I find Ron fantastic to deal with and discuss alternative straps for the various BR0s and he has steered me in the right direction each time. I've previously posted a review of my first batch of BandR Bands straps and their excellent quality and value for money - now I have quite a wardrobe of them.

    No one warned me that the B&R watch bug is accompanied by a secondary condition called the "strap bug"!

    I'm hopeful the white dial BR01-94 will arrive in a couple of days now.

    Cheers.
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    love that color combo, i notice they don't sell it anymore. where can i find a used one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by webking185 View Post
    love that color combo, i notice they don't sell it anymore. where can i find a used one?
    Not so easy to find out!!!
    Try on few forums, better to buy a second hand from a BR enthusiast.
    On eBay.. But be very careful, a lot of fakes and thieves on this site..

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    I've received it - wonderful and that dial is to die for!!

    And guess what. I ran timekeeping tests and could not get a result worse than 0.5 sec fast per 24 hrs. FANTASTIC. But given the watch is likely 2 years old new stock I gave it to my watchmaker to test - pressure test and accuracy test.

    He phoned me a couple of days later saying that no matter how he set up his test machine he COULD ONLY GET AN ACCURACY RESULT OF 0 SECONDS PER 24 HOURS!!! That's right the WD BR01-94 is accurate to within 0 seconds per 24 hours (it is not a typo - ZERO / 0 seconds per 24 hours no matter how the watch was set up for the tests!).

    Photos are coming with a review! Stay tuned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPG8 View Post
    I've received it - wonderful and that dial is to die for!!

    And guess what. I ran timekeeping tests and could not get a result worse than 0.5 sec fast per 24 hrs. FANTASTIC. But given the watch is likely 2 years old new stock I gave it to my watchmaker to test - pressure test and accuracy test.

    He phoned me a couple of days later saying that no matter how he set up his test machine he COULD ONLY GET AN ACCURACY RESULT OF 0 SECONDS PER 24 HOURS!!! That's right the WD BR01-94 is accurate to within 0 seconds per 24 hours (it is not a typo - ZERO / 0 seconds per 24 hours no matter how the watch was set up for the tests!).

    Photos are coming with a review! Stay tuned.
    GREAT NEWS Simon!
    Look forward to the report soon!!!



    ...this is certainly an interesting watch, and rare now, thats its no longer produced!
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    congrats !
    nice instrument 01,

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    What really impresses me is the incredible manufacturing quality.

    Watchmakers agree that making a perfect 46mm watch required greater skill than making a perfect 36mm watch - any imperfections on a 46mm case or dial will scream out; whereas you can get away with a bit more on say a 36mm case/dial. B&R have mastered the large watch quality process!
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    Congratulations, my 5 years old 01-94STW is still at +3sec/day..
    Can't believe it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kronofred View Post
    Congratulations, my 5 years old 01-94STW is still at +3sec/day..
    Can't believe it!!
    Yes, if that is without a service since new and without regulator adjustment for you, it's a terrific accuracy record.

    I am a big fan of the ETA movements which are stupidly talked down by not very smart people who feel any prestige watch should have an in-house movement.

    Firstly very few so-called in-house movements are genuinely full in-house movements. Many are based on ETA or other off-the-shelf movements. Then there are the in-house movements that have a bad reputation for unreliability. But, of course there are the wonderfully amazing in-house movements that any sane person would admire greatly.

    Secondly, these ETA movements are very much tried and proven and have had the benefit of much R&D in the first place. And, thirdly these off-the-shelf movements can be repaired and serviced by most well qualified watchmakers thus do not always have to travel to the manufacturer for even simple work.

    All my B&R watches are 3.0 seconds per 24 hours or better. While my BR01-94 is an unheard of 0.0 accuracy, 2 are 2.0 seconds or better! This is stellar performance.

    My buddy who is a head watchmaker for a major Swiss luxury watch chain (do not sell B&R) said their performance is every bit as good as some of the best IWC, Omega and Breitling.

    Sure my Rolexes are all running at 1.0 seconds except one that is at 1.5 seconds; but, then they cost 1.5 to 2.0 times more to buy.

    So, given the stunning Bell & Ross build quality and the quality of ETA movements, their watches are true luxury Swiss watches and no lesser devices than their Omega etc counterparts. They just have not yet developed the history and used market values yet.

    But I never buy a watch with the intention to sell in the future. I also do not buy watches as an investment - I just don't have that expertise and stick to what I know and never mix hobbies with business!

    Cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPG8 View Post
    Yes, if that is without a service since new and without regulator adjustment for you, it's a terrific accuracy record.
    No service, no adjustment (I don't know how to do it !!).
    Why should I service it??
    "Better is good's enemy"

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