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Bell & Ross Bellytanker BR V1-92 And BR V2-94 Limited Editions Leather Strap Replica Watches UK

I have a sort of thesis about Bell & Ross replica watches UK, which is that the company has gone through three distinct incarnations. In the first, it made a fairly wide range of straightforward, technically appealing tool watches, including aviation watches, diver’s watches, and so on (no doubt owing partly to the fact that Sinn was an early manufacturing partner). The most representative watch of this era was probably the Hydromax, which was a relatively slim diver’s watch with an almost brutally straightforward design, which also had an 11,000 meter depth rating (incredible but true) thanks to its silicone oil-filled case. In its second incarnation, Bell & Ross was a design house – specifically, a design house building on the indisputable commercial success of its BR series of cockpit-instrument inspired watches, which were not so much pilot’s watches, as illustrations of pilot’s watches (which is not a knock against them at all; the best of them are excellent examples of design clarity in combination with an unusual design language, which is nothing to sneeze at).

Now, the company (which was founded in 1992) is going through a third incarnation. In this one, the company seems to be partly looking back to its own roots from 25 years ago in the making of affordable and attractive tool watches, and also to an era of which it was not directly a part: that of true vintage watches. While vintage inspired designs are hardly a novelty these days, I do think Bell & Ross has done better than usual, in creating vintage-themed watches that don’t look like anyone else’s designs but their own.

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As is so often the case with Bell & Ross yellow dial fake watches, there’s a tie-in to aviation and automotive. The name “bellytanker” refers to a type of hot rod that became popular for salt-flats racing and speed record attempts in the years after World War II. These cars were built around the belly tanks, or drop tanks, that were attached to the underside of fighter aircraft in order to provide additional fuel and increase range (a critical part of a fighter aircraft’s mission was often to escort bombers, which often had a much longer range than the fighters that were meant to protect them). Bell & Ross has created its own custom motorcycle and concept car in recent years, as a way of emphasizing the seriousness of its involvement in high performance motorsports and in conjunction with the development of the Bellytanker watches, the company designed and built its own bellytanker hot rod.

The first bellytanker car was built by a man named Bill Burke, who’d been very active in the Southern California hot rodding scene prior to the war, and who served in the South Pacific, where he saw these drop tanks in use. Before the war, a fellow hot rodder named Bob Rufi had built a famous car with a teardrop shape that first ran in 1939, and which inspired the advent of the postwar bellytanker hot rods. Bill Burke’s pioneering bellytanker was built into the 168 gallon drop tank of a P-51 Mustang, and was small, fast, and dangerous – there wasn’t enough room for him to sit inside the car, so he cut a hole in the top of the tank, welded a bicycle seat to the drive shaft housing, and called it a day. His next bellytanker was much larger – built inside a drop tank used on the P-38 Lightning – and the genre became immensely popular as other builders followed suit. Today, bellytanker hot rods are still being built and run at speeds in excess of 300 mph.

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Bell & Ross’ New BR V2-94 “Bellytanker” Series Brown Alligator Leather Strap Replica Watches

Like Indian motorcycles, post-war hot rods and Gee Bee airplanes, “belly tank” race cars are the quintessence of American technical ingenuity in the middle of the last century. Also called “Lakesters”, belly tank racers took advantage of surplus military materiel after WWII, namely fuel tanks. The tanks were the teardrop-shaped types fitted to fighter planes, their aerodynamic profiles, dimensions and structural integrity making them the perfect basis for a scratch-built racer.

While they have a plump profile, the name has nothing to do with girth around the midriff: born in the 1940s, the “belly” refers to the emergency drop tanks being fitted to the bellies of fighter planes. They were used to extend the range of aircraft, and were detached and discarded when emptied, hence “drop tanks.”

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Along with canteens, uniforms and other clothing, watches, belts, messenger bags and anything else that could be re-sold after the war, the tear-drop-shaped fuel tanks became army surplus like other leftovers. I recall many hours in my Uncle Bob’s and Cousin Hudi’s Surplus Store in Portland, Maine, marvelling at unused, as-new and lightly-worn paraphernalia – much favoured by hippies in the 1960s.

So did the car fanatics on the other side of the USA. In the late 1940s, hot-rodding legend Bill Burke of the So-Cal Speed Shop built what is generally regarded as the first “Lakester” from a surplus aircraft drop tank, in recognition of racing on perfectly flat, dry lakes. According to the lore, the idea of using a fuel tank as an car body came to Burke when he saw some at Guadalcanal. Noting the beautiful streamlining, he measured one and did the maths: knowing the dimensions of a Ford engine block and rear end, he worked out the concept of a streamlined body with four exposed wheels. The aerodynamics had already been addressed.

Burke’s first Lakester was created from a 168-gallon tank used on the P-51 Mustang, of which there were ample supplies of surplus belly tanks from assorted aircraft selling for under $50 each. Eventually, the design evolved to use the larger 315-gallon tank used on the P-38 Lightning, the builders preferring to use just two bottom halves, as the upper halves of the tanks had openings for the fuel and hardware for fixing to the aircraft.

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Belly racers survive to this day, the speeds have gone from just over 100mph to today’s top contenders exceeding 360mph. They have their own class in Southern California Timing Association competition, and their devotees will probably snap up Bell& Ross’ gorgeous horological tribute.

One of the best-looking chronographs I’ve think ever seen, the BR V2-94 Bellytanker contains the automatic calibre BR-CAL.301 machinal movement fake Bell & Ross watches UK. Its functions beyond hours, minutes and small seconds at 3 o’clock includes the date in a small round aperture at 4:30; a cool touch is the seconds sub-dial only has the number “60” and four quadrant lines. The chronograph features a 30-minute timer at 9 o’clock, with central chronograph sweep seconds.