On Wednesday, October 23, my Ball arrived. And of course, since Wednesday, it is the only watch to grace my wrist. I did find one hardship for the Ball Endurance Contest. I play guitar and take my watch off when I play. But I will give up guitar if need be to take Steve on. Just kidding, I'm not worthy. I'm not even worthy of the watch.
The wearability of the watch is phenomenal, very comfortable. I love the feel of the case and the lugs.The strap is breaking in and is already softer than it was just 2 days ago on arrival
Finishing...I can't say enough. It is almost impossible to find a flaw with the 10x loop. Today I am pulling out the 15x and the 20x.
Nite time...I again left my watch on all nite. At around 4am, I work up and checked what time it was. At that point, I was reminded about my new watch and it's simply incredible nite show. I could hardly fall back a sleep.
+4 seconds in the 39 hours. I will gladly take that.
We are now about to start day five with the Ball as arrival was at 4pm Tuesday. Since it's initial 4 second gain in it's first 39 hours, I looked at the atomic again this afternoon and see that we have gained a scant one second since then, or 5 seconds in 4 days.
I know accuracy isn't everything, but as the grandson of a watchmaker I believe that most of the movements today are regulatable to chronometer specs, and every mechanical I own, with the exception of some beaters, is. Watchmaking should be about having no other method to tell time but our watches, and accuracy is important in the history of Ball.
I wish the hands were a little thicker, that is how nit picky I have to get to find fault. Beef up the hands please. Like many watches, there is not enough indexes between seconds. 28.8 needs 6 stops, not five, but from Blancpain on down, I see this all the time. Really not a big deal, again, the watch is so perfect that this is the excruciating minutia you have to get to for fault to occur.
Lastly, I have grown to love the buckle...I have to see if the buckle is the same on all Ball's but it is this really cool lever looking thing that I really dig.
It is now Sunday, five days after arrival. The watch has gained 2 seconds since it's first 39 hours, for a total of 6 seconds in 5 days. WOW! I believe that watches should be made for real world timekeeping, as if it is our only source. And you bet I can count on my Ball
The watch has remained faithful on my wrist since arrival...even if I want to wear my Anonimo, I can't as it is testing a new winder.
But I can confidently say that the Ball will join my Anonimo as my two main watches. I tend to dress more casual than dressy, and a sport watch just suits me better and I have many dress watches. That said I like my watches to be special, and this one is indeed very SPECIAL to me already.
I have sport jacket function Wednesday nite and I will dress up the Ball and I know it will look great. At 40mm, and just over 11mm in height, it really can fit in a variety of situations, and with a dark dial, and moon and stars, what better at nite. I would select a true dress watch with a suit. Nah, I'd show up in jeans and tux jacket and wear my Ball to the Ball.
I love the buckle...I can't say enough how much a little touch like this means to me. It is like a little locomotive lever. The band still has not softened enough for my liking yet...that may ultimately be replaced, or it could be soft as heck in a few more days. More as time goes on.
Well Done Ball Watch Company. Dealers of the past, like my Grandfather, would be very proud of the present.