These days Ball watches are an easy buy. Well-made mechanical Swiss watches that tend to fit the bill nicely and their prices are more fair than inflated. Ubiquitous tritium gas tube illumination ain’t bad either. Ball’s core design ethos is split between original designs al la Engineer Hydrocarbon creations as well as faithful homages.
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Ball released an interesting new diver called the Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU. The Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) is the branch of the American Navy that deals with the standards for operational diving and decompression rules for their divers. NEDU is actually the group responsible for establishing the decompression tables you may know from scuba training or, if you’re like me, from the rubber strap that came fitted to a Citizen Aqualand diver.
A hands-on look at Ball Watch’s new collection of Ball for BMW timepieces including the Classic, GMT, and Power Reserve models.
You recently got a first look at the new BMW by Ball watch collection here on aBlogtoRead.com. There you learned that Swiss Ball watches was to be a major timepiece making partner of the Bavarian Motor Works car company.
A few months ago Ball Watches & BMW jointly announced that they would enter into an agreement to produce high-end watches from Ball for BMW.
A limited edition watch like this makes perfect sense for a brand like Ball. Here, the Swiss brand’s US heritage as a railroad watch maker comes full circle. For 2012, Ball has released a limited edition watch in honor of the “Big Boy” locomotive from the Union Pacific railroad. I am not enough of a [...]
A few years ago I discovered these cool manly looking timepieces in a watch store up in San Francisco…
Ball watches’ 2011 offerings are mixed between modern and traditional looking timepieces. One of the interesting classic looking ones is this limited edition retro-inspired Trainmaster with a thermometer that will come in two forms. One will be the Ball Trainmaster Celsius, and the other will be the Ball Trainmaster Fahrenheit. Each is meant to honor [...]
The popularity of dive watches means that there are always going to be lots of new ones each year. One of my favorite new ones for 2011 is from Ball, and it is the Engineer Hydrocarbon Deep Quest 3000m diver. I will just call it the “Ball 3000m” diver for short. This super diver is [...]
A little retro action from Ball right here. No doubt you are going to start thinking of all the classic watches that Ball looked to for influence when designing the Engineer II Ohio GMT COSC Chronometer watch. A little classically styled Jaeger-LeCoultre aesthetic never hurt anyone. In steel and 40mm wide, the Ohio GMT is [...]
As much as I love GMT complications, I have to say that the name for this one is just silly. “Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Magnate GMT.” Four proper names plus GMT suffix? That said, the watch itself is pretty nice looking. I’m not fond of the Rolex-style cyclops over the date, though some quite like them [...]
“The Amortiser” sounds like a banking industry themed super villain. But here it is a cool piece of functionality that you won’t find on other watches in this price range. New from Ball watches is the Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital watch, a mouthful of a name, but suitable for a chunky timepiece with this much [...]
This is the star new Ball watches of the year in my opinion. This timepiece is a smooth evolution of the Hydrocarbon watch design. It combines so much of what I like about Ball watches and presents it in a nicely refined package that I certainly feel has the quality of a new classic for [...]
Ball watches have been really popular that last few years ago and are probably the nicest watches (at least from a price perspective) to feature tritium gas tubes in their watches. All of their watches feature the wonder lume, that is made exclusively by MB Microtec in Switzerland. They are small tubes filled with (safe) [...]
Surprisingly, Ball Watch Co. is about to release a relatively straight forward and simple watch. I am a big fan of the brand, but lately their new watches have been getting functionally (and cosmetically) more and more complex. I always have appreciated their simple masculine looks that weren’t trying to hard to be something they [...]
I came across Ball watches when I was looking for something distinctive and unique; something that combines the tradition of a good automatic movement with modern functionality; something that stands out without being ostentatious. The result was the Ball Engineer Master II Diver you see here.
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