Picture this: you’re going off the beaten path, in fact you’re going so far off that path that it’s become nothing but a speck behind you, so far away that the existence of a path seems like it was a dream. Obviously, your phone isn’t going to work here, there’s nothing but trees and the chirps of not-so-distant animals to keep you company. You need something to keep the time, but your watch collection isn’t suited to this kind of work. That’s where Bell & Ross come in and they’ve brought along some experienced helpers.

The BR 03-92 Wildlife Warriors 42mm are a unique limited-edition selection of just 25 timepieces that are brilliantly suited to the field. The BR 03-92 is a collaboration between Bell & Ross and Australia Zoo’s international organisation dedicated to continuing the ecological work of Steve Irwin, Wildlife Warriors.

The watch needs to be suited to the greatest of the outdoors because that’s where the Wildlife Warriors ply their craft. That’s part of the reason for the khaki colourway as it pays homage to the uniform Steve Irwin made famous throughout his career.

The black numerals ensure that legibility isn’t an issue which might seem like a given during the day, but thanks to the subtle addition of black photoluminescent on the hands and numerals legibility is ensured no matter what time of day.

The ceramic case is what gives the watch the comfort and sturdiness you want when taking this out in the field. The matte black looks delightful and who doesn’t love matte black everything? With the exception of the dial of course.

In all seriousness, this watch can be subjected to high temperatures, acidic conditions, and is highly corrosion resistant. Ceramic is hypoallergenic and incredibly light so it’s not going to get in the way of your excursions into the wild.

The movement is the Swiss made mechanical automatic BR-CAL.302, so precise timekeeping is a guarantee. 

The dial proudly features the Wildlife Warriors logo which thankfully isn’t an eyesore. It fits and looks like it’s supposed to be there rather than being shoved awkwardly on the dial where it doesn’t. It sits comfortably at 6 o’clock.

There are two strap options: the sandy-grit textured beige calfskin strap and a standard Bell & Ross vulcanised rubber strap. Both are said to be extremely durable, comfortable, and practical. They both look great.

Country manager for Bell & Ross Australia, Josh Goodman, said,

“Seeing the important work championed by Steve Irwin continue through the fantastic efforts of Terri, Bindi, Robert, and the entire team at Wildlife Warriors is testament to his original vision of ‘save one, save the species,’ and we couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this incredible legacy.”

The BR 03-92 Wildlife Warriors is only available online. It retails for $5,800 AUD and a contribution of the sales are donated to support Wildlife Warriors’ continued efforts, so that’s nice then, isn’t it?  

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