Bellytanker "El Mirage" Chronograph, Bell & Ross X The Rake and Revolution
The Bellytanker Chronograph was born from the imagination of the type of watches belly tank racers would wear in the era of the 50s. The vintage-inspired sports chronograph carried design influences of military and aviation codes, stylised with thin hour indices, recessed counters, stepped seconds track and retro typography.
The "El Mirage" Chronograph is fashioned in a specialised bronze case with a satin-brushed finish. The central champagne dial is contrasted with brown small seconds and minute counters, with a matching minutes track. Framing the dial is a light brown anodised tachymeter bezel, dressed in a brown calfskin strap. It is powered by a modular Sellita SW 300, visible through a sapphire caseback with 'REVOLUTION' across the back.
Hours, minutes, small seconds; date; chronograph; central chronograph seconds; tachymeter
Champagne with brown subdials
Satin-polished bronze; ultra-curved sapphire crystalwith anti-reflective coating; sapphire crystal caseback
Ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
Available in November 2018, in a limited run of just 100 pieces.
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BELL & ROSS X THE RAKE AND REVOLUTION
Exclusively designed by Revolution and The Rake in collaboration with Bell & Ross, we bring you these exclusive Bellytanker "Dusty" and "El Mirage" Chronographs. Pulling together sartorial and horological perspectives, earthy tones, vintage vibes and the military and aviation influences of the Bell & Ross brand were the factors in creating this project together.
WHAT'S A BELLY TANK?
The name derived from a detachable fuel tank fitted to the exterior of military aircrafts during WWII. After the war, hot rod aficianados in America fashioned them into streamlined cars for racing.
Bill Burke and fellow hot-rodder Don Francisco pose with one of the original belly tanks on the cover of the August 1949 issue of Hot Rod magazine
A special stabilised bronze is used for the case, a first for Bell & Ross' Vintage Collection. Bronze is primarily a mix of tin and copper, where the latter is known to oxidize in contact with humidity and cause the patina effect. Compared to most bronze alloys, stabilized bronze is composed of a different metal composition that has a less volatile reaction to humidity, keeping your watch bronze for longer.
CHARMED BY PATINA
The earthy tones in our limited edition Bellytanker versions draw inspiration from the lustful appeal of "tropical" dials. Each distinct feature – the central dial, recessed counters, seconds track, and bezel – are colour coded in complementing hues that give an impression of an aged vintage watch.