Ball Drops a Seriously Luminous Watch

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Photo credit: Ball
Photo credit: Ball

Ball Watches started out in 19th Century America where it acted as officiator for timings on the US railroads. (‘Ball Watches – The Railroad Standard. Safety First’ according to one contemporary advert.) Family-owned until the 1990s, it has since swapped Ohio USA for La Chaux-de-Fonds Switzerland and nowadays has been likened to a kind "G-Shock of mechanical watches". Pushing a line of hardy, accurate timepieces ideal for aviators, big wave surfers and adventurous divers – "the Ultimate Rescue Watch".

Photo credit: Ball
Photo credit: Ball

It’s a schtick you’ll have heard before, though not so much in this price bracket. Ball operates eight distinct categories, Engineer Hydrocarbon, Engineer III, Engineer II, Engineer Master II, Trainmaster, Conductor and Fireman, with prices typically around the £1.5k to £2.5k mark.

The first of those watch categories celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, an occasion marked by the release of the Engineer Hydrocarbon Original dive watch. Originally marketed at submarine crew and divers, the hardy 40mm Submariner-on-a-budget comes with a blue or green unidirectional bezel and microtubes of H2 gas inside both the bezel, the hands and the dial, something Ball says give of fluorescence up to 100 times brighter than the Super LumiNova paint more commonly used in watches that glow in the dark.

A solid, well-built diver that looks the part both on land and under water.

Available at ballwatch.ch, priced £2,585

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