Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT Watch

Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT Watch

Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT Watch Watch Releases

A brand known for offering considerable value and high-end construction in the watches they produce, Ball Watch Company is once again introducing another exciting timepiece to their growing Engineer collection. The Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT is the brand's latest model and a watch that fuses two revolutionary materials into the case construction. Here, carbon fiber and mu-metal are both used to produce a case that is ultra-light, corrosion resistant, and highly anti-magnetic. Ball refers to this as their CarboNANO technology and currently, the Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT is available for a very special pre-order price.

Together with the accompanying stainless steel model – the Ball Engineer III IronLIGHT – the CarboLIGHT marks Ball's latest plunge into the world of producing robust timepieces with innovative materials. Perhaps the model's most standout feature is its case, which has a distinct uneven pattern that makes each watch unique. This is a distinguishing trait that's a result of utilizing carbon, which weighs about 50% less than stainless steel and delivers a significantly lighter feel that is long-lasting. Beneath the surface, Ball also integrates a full layer of mu-metal around the movement that enables the watch to both attract and deflect static or low-frequency magnetic field lines for interference-free operation. Pair this with Ball's Amortiser® system that protects against extreme shock, and you have a watch that can get you through anything.

Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT Watch Watch Releases

The Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT is available in both 40mm and 43mm case sizes with a thickness of 13mm. Both versions are carefully balanced and even the larger version is meant to wear comfortably thanks to the case's lightweight properties. A large crown allows for easy operation and a durable scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with date magnifier rounds out the CarboLIGHT's sleek design. Water resistance is 100m.

Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT Watch Watch Releases

Additionally, the Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT can be configured with both a blue or a black dial. Both finishes nicely compliment the carbon fiber case composite and the display is as simple as they come. Large baton indexes mark the hours and large sword hands are used for quick and easy legibility. Here, we also see a Ball signature – self-powered micro gas light tubes that require no external charging.

Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT Watch Watch Releases

Another standout feature is the movement, which is a COSC chronometer certified automatic caliber Ball RR1103-C. The base is the ETA 2824 with a 38 hour power reserve and 28,800bph operational frequency. Besides the highly precise nature of the movement, the included Amortiser® system helps protect it from lateral impacts. Finally, the Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT comes with a calf leather strap with pin buckle or a black rubber strap for a more rugged and casual feel.

Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT Watch Watch Releases

Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT Watch Watch Releases

Currently, the Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT is available for a special pre-order price of $1,299 until November 30, 2017. Like previous pre-order deals, Ball offers complementary caseback engraving for an even more personal touch. The Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT is limited to 1,000 pieces and you can learn more by visiting the brand's official site. ballwatch.com

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What do you think?
  • I want it! (8)
  • Interesting (7)
  • Thumbs up (6)
  • I love it! (3)
  • Classy (1)
  • Pete Pete

    not exactly a looker but kinda interesting and I suppose reasonably priced.

    but that name. quite dangerous these days. just image asking a female co-worker whether she wants to have a look at your ball…

    • DanW94

      Definitely a brand that you want to own two of to avoid the inevitable medical questions asking why you only have one….

      • Pete Pete

        not sure whether it makes it better: “oh my god, that creepy watch geek guy, you know, the one who’s always wearing two watches at once, just asked me to look at his balls”.

  • rainmaker

    It’s more affordable than a Breitling Colt Skyracer with a quartz movement & their Breitlight case. Well done Ball!

  • SuperStrapper

    Like Ball, and their new pricing strategy is welcome and refreshing. The ‘amortiser’ script ruins this dial. Looks like the dust cover of a late 80s VHS movie on offer in a waning blockbuster location.

  • Ian john horwood

    If we all buy one of these new fangled advanced 3D printing machines we can all make a carbon plastic watch cases. Personally i like to stick with metal watches not a casio type plastic based material etc.

  • Terance Hill

    Bell has some interesting watches that in the future I mean look at. But this is not one of them I also question the gas tubes on the lifespan I’ve heard 15 to 20 years but no true research on it that I can find. But on the plus side the gas tubes will last longer than the warranty on the watch.

    • SuperStrapper

      The radiation in tritium tubes is measured in millicuries. This watch uses t-25 tubes, meaning 25 millicuries of radiation. The half life would be 12.5 years, half of 25. In 12.5 years the tubes will be half as bright as they were when new. Then in another 12.5 years half of that again.

  • otaking241

    Looks similar to the “carbo-tech” material that Panerai has been using on some of its pieces. Kudos to Ball for not adding a ridiculous upcharge for the “exotic” case material. Honestly, with a COSC-certified movement this looks like a pretty great deal, though I think the 40mm dial looks a bit crowded with the large tritium tubes. Further the “Amortiser” text in script–an obvious nod to the Rolex Air King–looks a little funny here. Still a tempting proposition at the preorder price…

  • Raymond Wilkie

    A nice pretty boring, unadventurous dial . Nothing not to like here really.

  • SuperStrapper

    Question for Ball, if anyone on the team is lurking your investment in this site:

    You have (exclusive?) Access to t-100 tritium tubes, but only seem to implement t-25 tubes. Why?

    • Terance Hill

      I would be a Dullard to choose this watch because it would leave me in the dark sooner than expected.

      • SuperStrapper

        This watch will never leave you in the dark!

        • Terance Hill

          I was just looking at their online calendar they have a vintage World War 1 version with a separate second sub dial. I think find out if there’s a bell & Ross store in Edmonton and maybe go down and purchase that Puppy.

          • SuperStrapper

            Ball.

          • Terance Hill

            Sorry typo fixed it

          • SuperStrapper

            I want to see a pic if you buy it.

          • Terance Hill

            But the watch I found and like is a bell & Ross
            WW1 argetium-ruthenium

          • SuperStrapper

            I stand by my request

          • Terance Hill

            Holy crap that’s over 6,000 puppies ? ” Gulp ”
            Okay I won’t be buying that Puppy but I can stare at it through the window lol

          • Berndt Norten

            Good luck–it is Deadmonton after all?

          • Terance Hill

            Sadly it has to wait I didn’t realize it was 6000 puppies is going to take a little while to save that kind of coin. Now if I could find someone to put new tires on my tractor and trailer and pay my fuel tax certificate for the states I travel and I might be able to squeeze the money out for a new watch
            And we call it Edmond Chuck out here.

          • Berndt Norten

            Well what do I know, I’m from Denmark!

          • Terance Hill

            I’ve been to Denmark Wisconsin picked up a load of oak flooring.I think there’s a couple other places in the States called Denmark to

          • Berndt Norten

            Quite a few Towns named Paris, Rome and Athens too.

    • MeaCulpa

      Not exklusive, Nite has 100 tubes as well.

      • SuperStrapper

        Interesting. I wonder if their exclusivity ran out? Had to go and research Nite.

  • Mark1884

    Please: No more black plastic ?? watches.

  • egznyc

    The name sounds too much like another name for the Atkins diet. The watch, on the other hand, is nice enough as tool watches go. Nothing offensive and nothing special either. (And how easily scratched is this CarboLIGHT?)

  • Ross Diljohn
  • JosephWelke

    Nice watch, and given the price it’s the first plastic watch that doesn’t say “Casio” “Swatch” or “Timex” that I don’t feel is a total ripoff.

    The “Amortiser” script I think was written by the same person who wrote brand names on 80’s hair stylist posters and advertising though. As it’s a patented Ball thing, it would look better in the same font as the Ball name.

  • Coert Welman

    The 40 mm black dialled one is mighty tasty. What to do, what to do?