Bell & Ross was born from the creative minds and united vision of Bruno Belamich and Carlos Rosillo. Together they envisioned a watch brand based on the military- and aviation-styled watches that had captured their imagination since childhood. In 1992, they started Bell & Ross with a USD 20,000 investment. Initially, they collaborated with Sinn, which fabricated their watches for them during the early years. The brand made big news in 1997 when it created the Hydromax, a Hydroil-filled quartz watch that is capable of functioning perfectly at a depth of 11,100m. The buzz they generated brought many suitors, and that same year Chanel made a strategic investment in the brand. Even then, Belamich and Rosillo had no idea just how successful Bell & Ross would become.