My Watches

Well gents, I'm aware that there are several watch snobs on LF, and this watch may offend some. However, I ran cross this little brand that has piqued my interest, and I know some of you guys love Lumix watches (or watches that glow brightly at night). So, I thought I might turn you guys on this brand, which I myself am contemplating on purchasing.

I present you with...Ball Watches. Some of the models are very impressive with their night glow capabilities, and the company seems to have a pretty neat little history as well.

http://www.ballwatch.com/index.php?option=com_company
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Originally posted by CarbonCycles:
Timmy, thanks for the extra info. I'm finding these watches very intriguing. I need to find a place that sells them so I can get my grubby paws on one up close.


Korman's on N. Lamar
http://www.russellkormanjewelry.com/watches.html

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CarbonCycles:

I picked up my first Ball a couple of months ago. It's a Voyager GMT.



I love it, but I don't wear it as much as I would like. A little bit of a warning though, don't expect the glow to be as bright as what you see on the site. I bought this one on sale, which leads me to believe it may have been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years, but this watch isn't half as bright as my Marathon GSAR. If you are buying with the expectation of the same brightness as Seiko/Citizen/etc lume, I would say look elsewhere.

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Years down the road, this is still my only wristwear....



I've decided to rectify that. With my birthday coming around sooner rather than later I have dropped some very unsubtle hints that a SEIKO belongs on my wrist.

If my family doesn't get the hint, fuck them, and I'll buy it myself

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HA! Nice!

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Loving the accessories shown off in most of these threads. What's a classy watch without a matching 1911?

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Originally posted by OEF-Infidel:
Loving the accessories shown off in most of these threads. What's a classy watch without a matching 1911?


Shit, now I'm rethinking the Breitling B01/G19 combo I posted above. It's like serving a dry-aged USDA Prime Porterhouse with a glass of grape Kool aid.

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Originally posted by cryptojunkie:
I must have missed it in here somewhere; what is the problem with watch winders?


I have an IWC that I rarely wear that's been on a winder since 2003. I've had no problems with the watch.

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Couple new additions to the stable-

Zixen Trimix 1000M. pure badassness


CWC Royal Navy Diver
nice bit of history behind this watch, back in the 80's It replaced the Rolex Sub as the issued dive watch for the Royal Navy. Eta movt, 300m., Tritium dial, plexi crystal and fixed strap bars...too cool Cool
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nice bit of history behind this watch, back in the 80's It replaced the Rolex Sub as the issued dive watch for the Royal Navy.


Anyone have a reference for the history behind issued watches?

My Marathon came to me out of issued status, but among the other services and nations, I'm curious what the threshold is for issued watches (who gets one, why it is issued, expectations for wear and use, when it gets issued (post-graduation of some training?), etc.). I mean, a Rolex Submariner couldn't have been cheap, even back in the 80's, so why that brand as compared to a cheaper dive watch that could be issued once, with the expectation that the recipient is required to take care of any replacement/repair after that point.

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Neat stuff there from the British side, jetrider. Thanks!

I never thought of it in this way until just now, but I hope to someday be able to pass down one of my Marathons to a grandson, and tell him it served me well in two conflicts. Hopefully it will be as he is graduating boot camp or OCS.

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Originally posted by jcustisredux:

I mean, a Rolex Submariner couldn't have been cheap, even back in the 80's, so why that brand as compared to a cheaper dive watch that could be issued once, with the expectation that the recipient is required to take care of any replacement/repair after that point.


Just my 2 cents, but it's probably not much different now if you look at the prices back then. I hear about guys that picked up Rolex Subs back then for $300 or so. I've already been issued 2 Suunto's that were close to that price each. I would have rather them issued me a Submariner. lol
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Originally posted by jetrider:
Couple new additions to the stable-

CWC Royal Navy Diver
nice bit of history behind this watch, back in the 80's It replaced the Rolex Sub as the issued dive watch for the Royal Navy. Eta movt, 300m., Tritium dial, plexi crystal and fixed strap bars...too cool Cool


Jetrider,

How is the CWC Diver working out for you and is there an American source for them or only British?

Thanks
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Originally posted by paladin:
quote:
Originally posted by cryptojunkie:
I must have missed it in here somewhere; what is the problem with watch winders?


I have an IWC that I rarely wear that's been on a winder since 2003. I've had no problems with the watch.


Can I have it?

The Traveler

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Originally posted by The Traveler:
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Originally posted by paladin:
quote:
Originally posted by cryptojunkie:
I must have missed it in here somewhere; what is the problem with watch winders?


I have an IWC that I rarely wear that's been on a winder since 2003. I've had no problems with the watch.


Can I have it?


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Originally posted by Bulldog:
quote:
Originally posted by jetrider:
Couple new additions to the stable-

CWC Royal Navy Diver
nice bit of history behind this watch, back in the 80's It replaced the Rolex Sub as the issued dive watch for the Royal Navy. Eta movt, 300m., Tritium dial, plexi crystal and fixed strap bars...too cool Cool


Jetrider,

How is the CWC Diver working out for you and is there an American source for them or only British?

Thanks


I'm diggin' it but the CWC has been taken a back seat since the Zixen arrived. As far as sourcing one, Silvermans in the UK is the only supplier for CWC. I scored mine from a collector in Canada.
I've made a few additions since I last posted several pages back.

My most recent purchase, picked this up on eBay. This version of the Deep Blue Alpha Marine is no longer in production so I was happy to find one in mint condition.



I was wearing this Seiko daily until I picked up the DB. This will now transition to a part time play watch. I've been wearing it with the SS bracelet:



Recently picked up a Maratac that I'll use some but the lugs sit a little high and this watch is quite heavy so the jury is still out on the NATO strap:



Picture of the Deep Blue and Seiko together for comparison. The Deep Blue "feels" much more rugged and better constructed.



Lume shot, the Seiko rocks!

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Originally posted by jdavis6576:
I was wearing this Seiko daily until I picked up the DB. This will now transition to a part time play watch. I've been wearing it with the SS bracelet:

[IMG]Seiko picture/IMG]


What model Seiko is that? I need a relatively simple, water-resistant analog watch for school and that looks like it would fit the bill perfectly, esp. if I could set one up with a NATO strap.

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I really dig the "depth" of the Deep Blue. The offset of the numbers gives it an interesting dimension.

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The case itself is pretty durable...but Sinn U1 managed to break from pretty light (but every day) use. I have been meaning to send it in to be looked at for the last 8 months but have never gotten around to it..

I think I am probably the exception - I dont see a lot of cases of U1s breaking.

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