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    "Forward To The Past"

    “Forward To The Past”

    …..Bell & Ross, the early years, c1994, the original press photo, and inspiration.

    A couple of months ago I was fortunate to see the early watches that Bell & Ross created, the timepieces that were by Sinn.
    Models such as the Space 1, 2 and 3, the M1, the GMT versions and the Pilot series. An array of real old skool watches that have since influenced Bell & Ross over the past years.
    I was amazed at seeing the collection together, as I had only previously seen the odd watch displayed, or a photo somewhere.

    So on my last visit to Paris HQ I decided that I wanted to see this rare collection again, to write about it and take some pics, I too managed to borrow the original brochure that B&R produced to go with these magnificent watches, which made for nostalgic reading indeed.

    Having spent several intimate hours with these watches, I made up my mind on which are my favourites and which I would love to own!

    I have photographed them, worn them and indeed pondered over trying to find a piece to own too.






    ...images and text taken from the original B&R brochure from for these watches.

    "Years of technical progress have produced 3 benchmark mechanical chronographs for pilots at the frontiers of progress.
    1983: the German astronaut Reinhart Furrer wore a Space 1 model which became the first self-winding chronograph to be carried into space
    (Spacelab mission). Bell & Ross are now re-issuing this collectors piece.
    1993: the first development of the Space 1 model resulted in the Space 2 Chronograph. This model features the same technical characteristics
    in a much more compact titanium case.
    1999: The ultimate version of the Space 1 model, the Space 3 Chronograph. Integrating all the bell & Ross technical expertise in precision
    micro-mechanics. With its patented retractable crown (T-crown system) and integrated pushers, the Space 3 offers technical solutions adapted
    to the extreme conditions encountered on a space mission."


    The SPACE Collection

    (L to R) Space 1, 2 & 3, 3 GMT





    SPACE 1 in matt black and steel
    The Space 1 is recognisable by the larger number markers around the inner bezel. What also distinguishes it from the Space 2 and 3 are the large seconds hand that is tipped with the orange plane.

    The Space 1 came with a self-winding movement, in a matt finished stainless steel or matt black case.
    It had a 3 counter chronograph [60 secs, 60 mins and 12 hr counters] with a 24 hr counter.
    Day/Date function.
    The dial was a matt black with anti-UV treatment.
    A bi-directional rotating inner bezel with 60 mins graduations.
    Anti glare sapphire glass. Water resistance to 100 m.
    Screw down crown and case back, on a matt black or steel bracelet.

    SPACE 2



    The Space 2 with their smaller numeral markings around the bezel and slightly narrower and differently shaped case.
    The matt black and steel

    The Space 2 came with a self-winding movement, in a matt finished stainless steel or Titanium case.
    It had a 3 counter chronograph [60 secs, 60 mins and 12 hr counters] with a 24 hr counter.
    Day/Date function.
    Tachometric or pulsometric scale.
    The dial was a matt black with anti-UV treatment.
    A bi-directional rotating inner bezel with 60 mins graduations.
    Anti glare sapphire glass. Water resistance to 200 m.
    Screw down crown and case back, on a steel or titanium bracelet.

    SPACE 3

    SPACE 3 and GMT


    GMT dial detail



    The Space 3 came with a self-winding movement, in a brushed stainless steel or Titanium case.
    Protected pushers integrated into the case [T Crown system] telescopic, retractable crown system.
    It had a 3 counter chronograph [60 secs, 60 mins and 12 hr counters] with a 24 hr counter.

    Day/Date function.
    Tachometric scale.
    The dial was a matt black with anti-UV treatment.
    A bi-directional rotating inner bezel with 60 mins graduations.
    Anti glare sapphire glass. Water resistance to 200 m.
    Screw down crown and case back, on a brushed steel or titanium bracelet.






    And finally my interpretation of these great timepieces in 2013!

    MORE to come on some other rare watches from this era!
    Thank you for looking.
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    thanks for sharing Simon...

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    I asked a couple of questions, here are my answers:

    *What was your inspiration for these timepieces?

    Since the very first day, our watches pursue a mission: to invent, design and manufacture exclusive and perfectly functional timepieces for professional working under extreme conditions.
    We’ve guaranteed our watches’ performances by combining and perfecting four essential design principles in each watch: legibility, precision, functionality, reliability.
    Our first timepieces, launched in 1994, were the reissue of the 1st automatic chronograph worn in space by German astronaut Reinhart Fürrer during the Spacelab mission.

    *What are your thoughts on these watches all these years later?

    When looking back at our 1st models, I think we’ve managed to keep a real coherency since the very beginning on what we aimed to: create and deliver the clearest and most reliable time to professionals.
    Bell&Ross watches were born out of the passion and obsession we have to achieve that mission and we’ve never drifted from that motto.
    Therefore, if you have a look at all of our timepieces until today, you will notice that function take precedence over design: the essential is never compromised by the superfluous.
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    Would love to find out a Space 3 GMT, the nicest imho..
    Thanks Simon for that trip to the past!

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    Beautiful !!!! Thanks for this post

    One question Si', do you know where I could find a metal bracelet for a hydromax? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by lecorse2b View Post
    Beautiful !!!! Thanks for this post

    One question Si', do you know where I could find a metal bracelet for a hydromax? thanks
    Richard- I would contact B&R directly to see if they can get you one.
    Or try your nearest AD.
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    A fantastic piece thanks Simon.

    Wonderful photos and information to thank you.

    I've always admired these watches. Sadly good versions are rarely for sale these days, so it would be great to see a 2013 iteration of the Space 3!

    Cheers.
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    I'm a little late but great article, thank ou Simon.

    I'm lucky enough to own a Space 3
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    Lovely watch!!

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    nice vintage !
    second hand ?

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    Yes second hand. Still in great shape. The T-crown takes on those is really hard to get used to though.
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    Simon I appreciate the historical take back. Keep up the great work!
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    Anyone know if the Space 1 was ever counterfeited?? I'm looking at buying one used and I don't know how cautious I need to be, from the images is looks legit but I've never bought a Bell and Ross online. Any thoughts or advice on buying a Space 1 used??

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    It's safe! Space1 is too old to be counterfeited

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kronofred View Post
    It's safe! Space1 is too old to be counterfeited
    No kidding, right? Oh man, I might try to buy this thing although I really shouldn't... I'm super-nervous but if it is too old to be counterfeited it sounds like I have nothing to worry about.

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    I now have a Space 1 on the way!

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    Congrats! Can't wait to see your pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kronofred View Post
    Congrats! Can't wait to see your pics
    I'm super excited about it! Been a tough couple of months so it's nice to have some sunshine.

    As an aside, what is this crazy thing?: (found it while digging online for Space 1 images...)

    Guessing it's either modified or counterfeit, which in my opinion are the same thing. Just curious though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Dubbs View Post
    I'm super excited about it! Been a tough couple of months so it's nice to have some sunshine.

    As an aside, what is this crazy thing?: (found it while digging online for Space 1 images...)

    Guessing it's either modified or counterfeit, which in my opinion are the same thing. Just curious though...
    Definitely a Space 1 since there's no tachy in the bezel, but it looks like all of the red hands were swapped for white ones. I highly doubt it's a counterfeit. Maybe swapped while being service by Sinn.
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    And it looks like the pushers are polished and the case might have some refinishing that was done. I don't think BR ever did polished elements on any of these older models.

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