As I’ve mentioned earlier than, I’ve lengthy loved what Ball has been producing. They’re not the one model producing watches with tritium on the dial, however they’re doing probably the most attention-grabbing issues. As of late, it’s their rainbow dials that simply seize my consideration. One of the most recent to get that therapy is the Ball Engineer Master II Diver Chronometer.
This model of the Ball Engineer Master II Diver Chronometer hearkens again to effectively earlier than I used to be writing about watches, again within the mists of time. Or, effectively, 2006, after they first launched their dual-crown dive watch. This newest model, whereas nonetheless sustaining it’s dive watch cred with a 300m WR score, has extra enhancements made to it.
The most notable being the truth that the motion contained in the Ball Engineer Master II Diver Chronometer has achieved chronometer certification. Sure, us desk divers can do with one thing lower than COSC, however we are able to all recognize the accuracy and reliability that certification brings. To guarantee it retains that accuracy, it’s additionally obtained the usual trio of protections for a Ball – 5000G shock resistance, 1000 Gauss magnetic resistance, and the aforementioned water resistance. All good issues to maintain the watch motion protected and operating correctly.
On the dial facet, the Ball Engineer Master II Diver Chronometer is available in both blue or black (make mine blue, please). You’ve obtained a reasonably normal monochrome presentation, with the big flat-tube indices contrasting to the darker dial. It’s a disgrace the broader tubes didn’t hit the handset, however that’s what it’s. Around the sting of the dial you’ve obtained the interior timing bezel (which is what that higher crown is for). Given my prior expertise with current Ball releases, I’m anticipating that the bezel can be lit by tritium (and never luminous paint) which is moderately a neat trick.
As I discussed on the outset, the truth that the Ball Engineer Master II Diver Chronometer has the rainbow tube array (you possibly can go for the extra sedate yellow and inexperienced combo as effectively) grabbed my consideration immediately. Then the dual-crown combo jogs my memory of my first mechanical, so there’s one other mark within the win column. Thirdly, it’s obtained a cyclops on the date window, which is simply one thing my ageing eyes are appreciating an increasing number of (and extra). Lastly, however in no way the least – given all of the protections they’ve given the motion of the watch, they managed to maintain it at simply 13.5mm thick (you’d count on extra like 15-16mm), which ought to appear and feel good in opposition to the 42mm diameter.
As with most of their releases, the Ball Engineer Master II Diver Chronometer is obtainable on a rubber strap ($2,499) or bracelet ($2,599). As all the time, on condition that it’s solely a $100 premium, the bracelet is the clear selection right here, with aftermarket rubber straps straightforward to return by. Or, frankly, at $2,499, why not simply throw within the second rubber strap free of charge, Ball? Either which manner you go, although, this can be a succesful watch that may – like several Ball – present an ideal gentle present at night time, or beneath watch. Check it out and pre-order your personal (delivery anticipated for this fall) over at ballwatch.ch
Tech Specs from Ball
- Automatic caliber BALL RR1101-C
- Chronometer licensed COSC
- Functions: 36 micro gasoline tubes on hour, minute and second arms, dial and interior bezel for night time studying functionality
- Shock resistant to five,000Gs
- Anti-magnetic to 1,000 Gauss (80,000A/m)
- Water immune to 300m/1,000ft
- Hours, minutes, sweep seconds and magnified date
- Stainless metal
- Ø 42mm, top 13.5mm
- Bi-directional rotating sapphire interior bezel with micro gasoline tubes for night time studying functionality
- Mu-metal defend
- Amortiser® patented anti-shock system
- Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Screwed-in crown
- Band: Stainless metal bracelet with folding buckle or rubber strap with pin buckle
- Dial: Black or blue
- Limited Edition: 1000 pcs
- US$2499.00 on a rubber strap
- US$2599.00 on chrome steel bracelet
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