Bell & Ross’ BR-X1 HyperStellar Was Built For Wearing In Outer Space

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Do astronauts even wear watches in space?  We don’t actually know, but in case they do, they’re probably wearing something like Bell & Ross’ new BR-X1 HyperStellar, which the watchmaker is billing as “the king of aerospace complications.”

We guess, a chronograph would be plenty handy during space missions. An accurate mechanism that can measure time in short periods should find plenty of use, whether you’re doing repairs on a spacecraft, conserving oxygen during a spacewalk, or timing the movement of unidentified object from a distance.

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Built for space-faring adventurers, the Bell & Ross BR-X1 HyperStellar is rigged to stand up to the challenges of space, sporting a light and durable construction that the outfit describes as being “tough as a rocket.” That includes a 45mm case with its cover, center, and sides built with micro-blasted grade 5 titanium, with a protective insert on the bezel cut in anodized aluminum (in blue, no less, so it looks like shiny spaceship lights) and a rubber case bumper for absorbing knocks across the case outline.  A skeletonized dial allows you to get a glimpse of BR-CAL.313 automatic movement housed inside the case, with a 90-minute chronograph timer at the 9 o’ clock position.

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Features include a tinted sapphire crystal lens on the case back, rocker pushbuttons, Superluminova-filled hour and minute hands, metal indexes with Superluminova inserts, and a water resistance of 100 meters.  It comes with a dual-material strap made from alligator skin and rubber, as well as a steel buckle with rubber insert.

Only 250 examples of the Bell & Ross BR-X1 HyperStellar will be made.  No pricing has been announced.

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  1. Ash

    I see what you did there, “tough as a rocket”. Okay, I realize I’m never going to become an astronaut and unless we all leave planet Earth in order to find a better location to live, I’m probably not going to travel into space. However, this watch caught my eye. I want to know how these people know it is space safe, what makes a watch “space-proof”. The writer brings up a good question… how do astronauts keep track of time in space? I feel like the alligator skin isn’t required but it makes the watch sound that much more fancy.

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    • Pete

      I think space-proof is simply a marketing term. Watches will work in space though. Buzz Aldrin wore an Omega Speedmaster when he visited the moon. The watches the astronauts used, usually an Omega model, were even worn on the outside of the spacesuit when they walked on the moon.

      The Omega Speedmaster watches were able to withstand all of the rigors of space including minute dust particles. I am sure that this Bell & Ross watch would work equally as well in space.

      I like how they used a square housing instead of the traditional round one commonly used on most watches. It still has rounded edges so I don’t think it would snag on stuff. The watch looks very suave. I bet it could handle anything I threw at it. With that said, it is actually a little too fancy for me.

      Now if we could only revive the NASA funding to send humans to the Moon again and maybe to mars, then we could see how this watch holds up in true outer-space compared to the Omega Speedmaster watches.

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