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Ball wants you to know that giving up isn’t an option. Its brand ethos is all about engineering and precision to make adventure possible, whether you’re looking for a functional diver’s...
At its core Ball is all about precision, and you’ll find plenty of that in its Engineer watch. The brand has many Engineer series, including the tough as nails Engineer Hydrocarbon...
Ball makes great looking watches with some surprisingly complex features. Start your search with aesthetics and colours or browse some of the brand’s bestselling watch features like Self-Powered Micro Gas Tubes (H₃) and its SpringLOCK® Patented Anti-Shock System.
In this video we take a look at the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Ceramic Men's Watch (DM3002A-S4CJ-GR). We talk about the history of Ball Watch and talk to our Swiss Watch expert Paul Maxwell.
WatchPilot is an authorised retailer for Ball watches. This brand sometimes passes under the radar, but we really appreciate the robust construction of its watches. One of the most iconic features of a Ball watch is its second hand, that’s either tipped with the Ball ‘RR’ logo or given a splash of colour or luminosity.
Ball is a Swiss-owned and Swiss-made watch brand based in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The brand is savvy when it comes to technology and watchmaking innovations, so it often combines its own in-house mechanical movements with patented elements. These include the Ball SpringSEAL Patented Regulator Anti-Shock System, the SpringLOCK® Patented Anti-Shock System and the A-PROOF® Patented Anti-Magnetic System. The link between Ball watches and America comes from its origin story, which started in the United States in the 1890s. There was a fatal train crash in Ohio because train drivers hadn’t synchronised their watches and didn’t run on a shared sense of time. Web C. Ball was appointed Chief Time Inspector and created a ‘Rail Road Standard’ for everyone to follow. Ball celebrates this history with the double ‘RR’ on the dial of all its contemporary watches.
Okay, so this is just a fancy way of saying Ball is good at producing Swiss-made watches that can be read in the dark. The brand uses Self-Powered Micro Gas Tubes (H₃) for its sports watches and divers’ watches that are 100 times brighter than using luminous paints. Plus, these micro gas tubes don’t need to be recharged in the sun and don’t drain batteries or power reserves. The construction here is all about tiny amounts of Tritium – a radioactive isotope of hydrogen – that reacts with phosphor-coated mineral tubes to create a glow. These tubes are placed on the dial of Ball Engineer watches and other models to aid legibility. The only caveat is that this glow in the dark element only tends to last 10 years.
As Ball is a Swiss watch brand you can be assured of high-quality automatic mechanical movements as well as complications like moonphases, chronographs and day-dates. The brand is especially proud of its own, in-house and made-from-scratch Chronometer Manufacture Caliber 7309 that’s COSC Certified and has an 80-hour power reserve.