Ball watches has been prolific these days — however that’s not unusual for the Swiss watchmaker with a previously American identify that’s primarily owned by a businessperson in Hong Kong. Over time, we’ve loved a lot selection from Ball watches that it may be overwhelming to catch up should you haven’t been taking note of the place the model goes. The rationale I like Ball a lot is that, like watchmakers of previous, its staff considers every of their manufacturing runs to be a possibility to experiment with one thing new — even when the change is minor.
This tendency, on prime of the numerous totally different manufacturing runs Balls engages in every year, has led to a veritable evolutionary tree of watch designs, components, ideas, kinds, and names that every one belong to the nice Ball watch household. As we speak, I evaluation an attention-grabbing specimen often called the Ball Engineer II Skindiver Heritage reference DM3208A-S4/P4-BK watch. Simply don’t confuse it with the marginally dearer Ball Engineer Grasp II Skindiver Heritage, which additionally occurs to look almost similar to this mannequin until what you might be in search of. That stated, as of proper now, Ball solely provides the Engineer II Skindiver Heritage — and never the Engineer Grasp II Skindiver Heritage on this black titanium carbide-coated metal case. The fashions even have totally different bezel supplies. The Engineer Grasp II Skindiver Heritage has a ceramic bezel with conventional luminant inside it, and this Engineer II Skindiver Heritage has a rotating bezel with a curved clear sapphire crystal cowl and tritium fuel tube-lit markers beneath. I frankly like this look a bit greater than ceramic bezel (which is fashionable and purposeful, but in addition beginning to look a bit generic at this level, as polished black ceramic bezel inserts on dive watches are actually quite common).
What this explicit Ball Engineer II Skindiver Heritage does have is a enjoyable multi-color tritium fuel tube hour marker show that, together with the yellow tritium fuel tubes within the fingers, options blue, pink, inexperienced, orange, and white-colored tritium fuel tubes. In keeping with Ball, between the watch dial and bezel, the Engineer II Skindiver Heritage has a complete of 31 tritium fuel tubes. The case can be water resistant to 200 meters, has an AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial, and, in these fashions, has a really sensible knurled crown design with matching texture on the outer periphery of the bezel. Given the “heritage” a part of the identify, the watch case doesn’t have any crown guards.
The black-colored metal case is 42mm-wide, 14.6mm-thick, and has a roughly 53mm lug-to-lug distance, although it wears a bit massive and, on the bracelet, the lug-to-lug distance is nearer to 58mm. Like many Ball watches, this timepiece boasts better-than-average shock and magnetism resistance (however with its exhibition caseback, this isn’t going to be Ball’s most anti-magnetic watch). In actual fact, the Engineer Grasp II Skindiver Heritage is a better option if critical resistance to magnetism is what you might be in search of in a timepiece.
Contained in the watch is a base Swiss Made ETA 2836 automated motion that Ball refers to as its caliber Ball RR110w automated. It options the time, together with a day/date indicator window, at 3 o’clock. The automated-winding motion operates at 4Hz with an influence reserve of about two days. As a mid-range Ball watch, this Engineer II Skindiver Heritage comes on a easy model of Ball’s Engineer-style bracelet. It has the distinctive look of the hyperlinks however a extra simple fold-over locking deployant clasp (that has a stamped metallic diver’s extension in it, as properly). Even when this isn’t one in all Ball’s fancier bracelet enclosure programs, it’s a tried and true method and provides the suitable combo of consolation, safety, and adjustability.
The matching black-coated metal metallic bracelet is definitely value-priced at simply $100 greater than the Ball reference DM3208B-P4-BK, which is that this identical watch however on a black rubber strap. Having stated that, I’m not certain why Ball doesn’t simply promote one reference of the watch that comes with each the black rubber strap and matching bracelet.
Going over to the dial of the watch, I’m impressed by the general legibility. Ball has known as so many watches “Engineer, Skindiver, Heritage, and many others…” that there is no such thing as a actual expectation of what the dial ought to appear like. Probably the most “Ball factor” concerning the dial is the Engineer Grasp-style fingers. In any other case, this can be a somewhat simple, if not instrumental-style, watch dial with plenty of enchantment. After all, having date/day discs in black (versus white) to match the dial would have been a extra acceptable design choice, for my part.
I sympathize with these watch lovers who get pleasure from what Ball produces however discover it laborious to determine what timepiece to purchase. On the plus facet, Ball’s costs are affordable, and it isn’t unusual for individuals to personal numerous them, flipping them each every so often. That stated, there are timepiece hobbyists who search “excellent watches,” and the manufacturing idea employed at Ball type of defies this notion. Ideally, you need to purchase into the newest stuff the model is presently doing, realizing full properly that in a few years, one thing comparable however improved will come alongside and beg to your consideration. What I occur to love so much about this explicit Engineer II Skindiver Heritage taste is the black-colored case, elegant and legible dial, and colourful dial-illumination scheme. It additionally occurs to be a sensible and principally conservative every day put on with sufficient oomph to be thought of a “watch man’s watch.” Ball has produced this reference DM3208B-S4-BK Engineer II Skindiver Heritage as a restricted version of 390 items. Retail value is $2,299 USD. Study extra on the Ball watches web site right here.
>Mannequin: Engineer II Skindiver Heritage reference DM3208B-S4-BK
>Value: $2,299 USD
>Measurement: 42mm-wide, 14.6mm-thick, and 53mm lug-to-lug distance.
>When reviewer would personally put on it: As a handy and trendy masculine every day put on watch that has some attractive options meant to enchantment to lovers.
>Pal we’d advocate it to first: Instrument and army watch lover who has a barely playful facet and enjoys fanatic manufacturers.
>Greatest attribute of watch: Engineer II case appears nice in all black with the matching bracelet. Colourful tritium tube dial is satisfying to take a look at. Legible dial and comfy carrying expertise.
>Worst attribute of watch: Like many Ball watches, the product lacks a particular identify or story that helps pair this product with extra followers who would possibly get pleasure from it. It’s difficult for Ball prospects to decide on a watch mannequin given the customarily overlapping or complicated options, costs, mannequin names, and new-product availability amongst comparable merchandise.