My Bell & Ross BR-01

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  1. Unkei

    Unkei Registered User

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    #1 Unkei, Apr 18, 2017
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    Thought I'd share my Bell & Ross BR-01 Skull watch. This is the original 2009 model. Only thing I don't like is how hard it is for me to see the hands due
    to my Old Eyes! I can really only see them well in good sunlight. I contacted
    Bell & Ross to see if they would paint or replace the hands, but they refused.
    Acted as if even the request was tantamount to heresy! LOL! You'd think for close to 7 grand..they might be a mite more accommodating!
    Cheers,
    Unkei
     
  2. richiec

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    You're kidding, 7 grand for that watch. Is it platinum plated? Ouch.
     
  3. Unkei

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    Hi richiec,
    Nope....no precious metals. Just a limited edition honoring our Airborne Troops. Came with a special box and an Airborne Patch...LOL! But, I just wanted it..and the heart will not be denied. Truthfully though, the cheapest Bell & Ross comes in at about 4 grand!
    Cheers,
    Unkei
     
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    Nice watch. My stores are authorized dealers of this brand. I know we vintage guys who can buy a nice HAmilton vintage gold filled watch for 100 bux or a nice 1602 steel datejust ROlex for 1500 or so often are shocked at the prices of newer watche.

    But OP's watch is awesome and priced about right. 12 months ago a fellow walked into our store and bought 2 Bell & Ross Tourbillons. His cost for the paiir? 255k. Not a typo.

    Different world in new vs vintage
     
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    On the hands; I have a watch I really like but its hands too were hard to see. When we had it apart we put a small dab of white paint on the tips of the hands. Almost anything including "White out" works and it is not hard to do. Most such materials are easy to remove, if in the future, someone wants to restore it to original.

    If you want a bit more you can get the tips dotted with superluminova so you could read it in the dark. It is low risk and easy to do.
     
  6. Unkei

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    Hi Dr. Jon,
    Yeah...know it can be done..but don't think I'd be comfortable taking the crystal off a watch that cost me nearly 7 grand! And even if I could find a jeweler who would try it...I'm pretty certain it would void my warranty! So...even though I know exactly what needs done...I am hesitant.
    Thanks for your reply,
    Unkei
     
  7. karlmansson

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    You could Always ask a watchmaker to do it for you.
     
  8. Unkei

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    Hi karlmansson,
    yup...that's definitely my next step. I'd rather be able to see the hands than worry about any lessened collector value.
    Cheers,
    Unkei
     
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    For a "close to 7 grand" investment into this watch, I would leave it as is.

    It is a cool looking watch, it made me go
    and do a little research on this company, and their watches.




    Rob
     
  10. Unkei

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    For a "close to 7 grand" investment into this watch, I would leave it as is.

    It is a cool looking watch, it made me go
    and do a little research on this company, and their watches.

    Yeah...but I bought it as a Watch! If I can't see the hands to read the time...even as an "investment ", it's basically worthless to me. YMMV! Me...I want to be able to see what time it is! Guess I'm just weird! After all....in the world of high end watches...7 Grand is chump change!
    Cheers,
    Unkei
     
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    It's a pity that the hands look to be very much non-standard. Otherwise you could get a spare set, get those painted and still have the original ones if you wanted to sell it.
     
  12. richiec

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    Why don't you buy a bigger wrist watch with a larger dial, then you could read the time and save this one for weekends and special occasions or just plain showing off.
     
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