Bravur is a Swedish brand that makes watches that are deeply indebted to the part of the world they come from. Their watch designs are highly refined and contemporary, but are also inspired by the natural world, particularly in their use of color. The brand has just announced an update to their popular BW003, which Zach reviewed back in February of 2018. These watches have the same modern design language, but incorporate gold tones and new dial variants, and the end result is a watch that weíre surprised didnít exist before.

Bravur BW003

  • Case Material: Stainless steel coated in gold PVD
  • Dial: Jet black, silver, midnight blue, and bottle green
  • Dimensions: 39mm*
  • Crystal: Sapphire****
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM*
  • Crown: Push/pull*******
  • Movement: Sellita SW300
  • Strap/bracelet: Alligator or cow leather*
  • Price: $1275 – $1695*
  • Reference Number: n/a
  • Expected Release: February 5

Some brands just have a knack for designing watches with gold in mind, and I think Bravur definitely falls into that camp. Their limited edition gold tone version of the Geography hit just the right note with itís yellow gold case and deep green dial, and we see much of the same effect here with the new BW003s.

A total of four dial variants are available with a gold PVD coated case: jet black, silver, midnight blue, and bottle green. The black and silver versions have a classic and traditional look to them, but itís the blue and green dials that are the real standouts in my opinion. The green dialed watch has the same warmth as the Geography GMT we covered last year, and the blue also works surprisingly well. It has a very subtle sunburst pattern radiating from the center that gives it just the right amount of texture, and the tone of blue thatís used complements the gold really well.*
Another new feature of the BW003s seen here is the option of a strap made in collaboration with Jean Rousseau of France. These are luxurious alligator skin straps in glossy brown or matte black, that pair very nicely with the gold cases.

Each of the new BW003s can be ordered with either a closed or open caseback, through which you can view the Sellita SW300 movement, a solid Swiss workhorse. The case measures 39mm, which is a great versatile modern size. Check out Zachís review linked above for his detailed impressions of how it wears.

The BW003 has the words “Swedish Soul, Swiss Heart” signed on the bottom of the dial, and that really gets to the heart of what these watches are all about. There’s an appealing starkness and minimalism to the design that is easily recognizable as Scandinavian, but the bold color choices and, in these watches, the gold tone case, set these watches apart from similar timepieces. Bravur

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