Bell and Ross watches for saleBuying Preowned Bell & Ross Watches

A newer entry into the luxury watch game, Bell & Ross has quickly made a name for itself. Buying preowned luxury watches can be repetitive, however Bell & Ross has aimed to fix the monotony. They are not the first square wristwatch (their first watches weren’t even square), and they won’t be the last, but their design is instantly recognized.


Bell & Ross is another French brand making Swiss timepieces. There is a reason brands from other countries set up shop in Switzerland. It is a heritage that spans hundreds of years, and the best watchmaking comes from this tiny little Alpine nation. Setting up shop in Switzerland has helped Bell & Ross rise through the ranks fairly quick, being only 29 years old. 


Buying a preowned Bell & Ross is always a good idea. You can get a quality Swiss timepiece and save a premium. Originally working with the German company Sinn, Bell & Ross had to switch gears ten years into their existence when Chanel purchased a minority stake in the company. This proved to be quite a successful undertaking as we were introduced to the classic style we all know and love today.


The Bell & Ross company is inspired by aviation and pilots. This is evidenced in the classic circle in square designs which look just like the in dash clocks of any fighter jet. Pilots need their instruments to be easy to read, which is a staple of the classic Bell & Ross design. When you purchase a preowned square shaped Bell & Ross, it’s just like looking at a jet dashboard. Easily legible, large dial, and high contrast, all makes for an easy to read timepiece. If you need more reasons to buy a preowned Bell & Ross, here is a list:

  • Durable Design
  • Simple Aesthetics
  • High End Options


Durable Design


When Bell & Ross started making watches, they were heavily inspired by the military, in fact they are an official supplier to French Armed Forces. Military personnel are hard on their equipment, it’s natural that durability is important to them. Bell & Ross uses strong steels and ceramics. This allows their pieces to withstand harsh environments. If you buy one of these preowned Bell & Ross, you will have a solid daily wear piece that you don’t have to be overly careful with. You aren’t going to destroy it by banging one on a door frame when entering you place of work. On a hike through the woods? A Bell & Ross can handle it as this is common terrain encountered by the military elite.


The movements are also tried and true. Bell & Ross didn’t try to reinvent the wheel. They are using the tried and true Swiss movements from Sellita. It is often seen as cheaping out, but there is good reason to use the movements. They have been around for a long time, and they don’t break. If something does happen to the watch, however, there are hundreds of watchmakers qualified to fix the watches. A common phrase is “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” and they didn’t try to fix anything. 


Simple Aesthetics


One of the requirements for the military is instruments have to be easy to read. A soldier has to be able to read the time or other information quickly and without fail. This is one of the reasons Bell & Ross has become so popular. There is the obvious military shape, but there is one characteristic that is often overlooked. Bell & Ross almost exclusively uses matte surfaces for their dial and cases. This reduces light reflections. When you combine that with large contrasting numbers and indices, you have a watch that is easily legible in almost any circumstance. 


It’s not just the standard Bell & Ross that utilizes easy to read dials, even their more complex offerings come easy to read. Just look at the special edition CLIMB. It uses a variometer style gauge for the power reserve, maintaining the aviation elements and adding an easy to read bright yellow on black compilation. It maintains easy to read indices and the matte surface offers high contrast.


Another such entry from Bell & Ross is the Heading Indicator. Once you learn how to read it, the white and bright yellow make for an exceptionally easy to read dial. It truly does look like a real life Directional Gyro with the bright yellow plane image on the crystal. 


This is a design standard of Bell & Ross and makes purchasing a preowned watch an excellent purchase.


High End Options


Yes Bell & Ross is most known for their simple, classic instrument series. Bell & Ross does not however stop there. As with most well know brands, Bell & Ross has experimental and ultra limited watches as well. For starters, just look at the X1. This includes the almost $200,000 X1 Tourbillon. The watch combines a skeletonized dial, with a flying tourbillon. The bright yellow returns for the best legibility and the chronograph contains larger than average dials with bright yellow hands. It is high horology for the modern age. 


If this isn’t your style, take a step back a few years. Bell & Ross became just one of a handful of watchmakers to utilize a full sapphire case. This X1 Flying Tourbillon Sapphire is a half million dollar statement. The clear case shows off some amazing detail. The dials are kept as simple as possible, since due to aesthetic reasons, the dials are as contrasting as the normal offerings. This helps maintain the easy reading nature we have come to know from Bell & Ross. Some of these high end options are going to be out of reach for you, the Sapphire X1 has only 5 pieces available, but buying a preowned high end Bell & Ross is quite rewarding.


The things you need to look for when buying pre-owned Bell & Ross watches

Buying anything used should require some research because you are not buying a used toy for your kids, but a luxury watch that costs several thousands of dollars.

If you are a person who likes to be in control and likes to research the watches you are planning to buy, your main focus should be to know who the sellers are.

By choosing the right sellers, you will find out if the Bell & Ross watch is the right one. In case you are not familiar with how to vet trusted sellers, you should read this blog post.

‘”Trusted Watch Sellers”

Trusted sellers care more about their reputation than money, hence a good seller will provide you an accurate watch description and also will be able to answer all your questions.

If you like to sit and relax, you can always have other watch dealers look for your watch. The downside is that the watch will be a bit more expensive, but you don’t have to take the risk of buying a counterfeit watch.

How can you find Bell & Ross watches for sale?

Finding the right omega watch for sale requires a lot of work unless you know what you are looking for. Value Your Watch also offers great Bell & Ross watches for sale,

Always remember, it always comes down to who the seller is. Sometimes the watch deal seems too good to be true.You don’t want to risk purchasing a Bell & Ross watch from a dishonest person who can potentially scam you.

You might look at different marketplaces and realize that a watch is priced well, but you will need to pay fees such as sales tax, which are charged even if you are purchasing the watch from individual sellers.


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