As far as watches go I find the colour scheme of this watch extremely alluring. Bell & Ross are known for their aviation and military themed pieces with their iconic square styling available in a range of sizes. (The Rafale is only available in one size however)
As far as collectors go the Rafale is a must have piece in my opinion, even though it was a limited run of 500 pieces it can still be readily purchased. You will not find one in Kendal, but I am sure one could be ordered from Wave Jewellery on Finkle street.
Current price new is £4200, second hand can be lifted under £3000
Movement : automatic mechanical. Calibre BR-CAL.301.
Functions : hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock. Date. Elapsed time
chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds. Tachymeter scale on the flange.
Case: 42 mm in diameter. Matt black ceramic.
Dial: matt grey. Superluminova®-filled numerals, indices and hour and minute hands.
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Water resistance: 100 m.
Strap: black rubber.
Buckle: pin. Black PVD* coated steel.
*PVD: Physical Vapor Deposition
Inspired by the history of aviation and its technological advances, Bell & Ross collections pay homage to the key periods in civil and military aviation from 1900 to the present day.
The military world has always been a pioneer in numerous fields. Its innovations have had various applications in civilian life, such as the Internet, GPS or even the first business jets. Creating avantgarde technological ties between its civil and military activities, Dassault Aviation has acquired unquestionable expertise of the highest standard.
Bell & Ross and Dassault Aviation share the same passion for aviation, which guides them in their respective creations. In 2013, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Falcon business jet, Bell & Ross paid homage to the civil aviation of the 1960s by presenting the Vintage Falcon model.
This year, the two companies are joining forces once again to celebrate the most successful multi-role fighter aircraft on the market: the Rafale.