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.

Zenith Defy Lab Watch With 15Hz Movement Limited Edition Men’s Replica Watches UK

Today, Zenith announces the brand new Zenith Defy Lab collection replica watches that contains what they claim is the world’s most accurate mechanical movement. The in-house made caliber ZO 342 automatic operates at 15Hz, which is faster (a good thing) than the vast majority of mechanical watches out there, including Zenith’s legendary 5Hz “high beat” frequency El Primero automatic chronograph movement. This is a bold new step not only for Zenith, but also for the entire watch industry as it further legitimizes a controversial but ultimately wise creative direction. Zenith will debut the Defy Lab as a very limited set of 10 “piece unique” watches – at comparably “exclusive” prices. What about everyone else who will want one of these very compelling timepieces? Zenith makes it clear that the initial 10 Defy Lab watches are “only the beginning.” The Defy Lab’s movement will not only be put into regular production, but it will serve as a base for future complications. The first set of Defy Lab watches after this initial debut collector’s set is planned for production in 2018.

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The discussion about mechanical wristwatch accuracy can be long and is way outside the scope of us introducing the Zenith Defy Lab. Suffice it to say that Zenith’s claimed accuracy of 0.3 seconds per day for the caliber ZO 342 movement in this first model is going to cause a lot of people to do a double take because of how impressive it is (for a mechanical watch). Note that for production models down the road (when there is less opportunity to spend so much time choosing the right parts), accuracy will be guaranteed to +/- 0.5 seconds a day… with no loss in rate results as the torque of the mainspring winds down. In other words, the rate results are a flat horizontal line, which is something that silicon technology has made much more readily available in mechanical time measuring tools.

I want to also mention that it is a huge deal that Zenith limited edition fake watches even went so far as to make a claim about accuracy performance in their press release. I’ve read over a thousand wristwatch press releases and aside from Seiko (who routinely under-reports their wristwatches’ accuracy performance – for reasons again outside the scope of the conversation), Zenith is among a very small number of brands who actually make a specific claim about accuracy performance in their documentation. For Zenith and LVMH it is about increasing transparency according to Jean-Claude Biver (who is the head of watchmaking at the group).

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By Zenith men’s fake watches indicating the average accuracy (performance varies under different wearing conditions) of the Defy Lab’s movement, they more or less put other brands at notice that if they want to boast about a watch “designed for high accuracy,” they actually need go the distance and make a specific claim about accuracy. This is a good time to discuss mechanisms like a tourbillon and how watch makers typically deal with such features. While a tourbillon was originally designed to increase the accuracy of a mechanical watch or clock movement, it doesn’t actually do that in many real world wristwatch applications. Thus, watch brands often rode a thin line by not actually commenting on a watch’s performance, while trying to bolster the story about what the mechanism was originally designed for. I have to applaud Jean-Claude Biver along with Zenith’s management and communication teams for going the distance and not only promoting an accurate watch, but actually telling people the type of performance that they can expect.