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Bell & Ross sent us one of the most impenetrable product PDFs we’ve ever come across for the BR03. Rattling on about the morphology of users

Bell & Ross sent us one of the most impenetrable product PDFs we’ve ever come across for the BR03. Rattling on about the morphology of users and ‘men for whom time is a science.’It matters very little, though, because the BR03 is the sort of watch that needs no marketing flim-flam once you’ve parked it squarely on your wrist. Designed, as we’ve come to expect from Bell & Ross to evoke the clock in a plane’s cockpit, the ’03 has the perfect blend of design, functionality and outright ruggedness that has the Stuff team drooling.SalivaBelieve us, 12 helpings of collective drool all over your watchstrap is a bind to get off. We used a can of full-fat Coke, a tablespoon of vinegar and half a lemon, a concoction that dissolves anything it comes into contact with except, strangely, the BR03.So, it’s a stylish, rugged watch, but just how rugged? Well, it’s water resistant to 100 metres and enjoys anti-reflection sapphire crystal glass, which we tried to scratch with anything sharp we could lay our hands on. And failed.If you’re after military spec precision and durability in a watch that turns heads every time you raise your wrist, then allow us to point you in the general direction of the BR03. ‘Would sir like the polished satin or the black carbon powder finish?’

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