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    Backside of a Ball?

    New to the Forum, and actually just heard of Ball Watches this morning and I am very intrigued!!! I think I have narrowed down to wanting a Ball Hydrocarbon GMT I in black but looking for a dealer in Texas (San Antonio) to look at one, or a Ball in general!!

    What I have not been able to find so far and also with quite a bit of looking on this forum, what does the back of a Ball look like? Are they windowed so you can see the movement, or are they solid cover?
    if anyone has a picture that would be great!! :thanks

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    Re: Backside of a Ball?

    Im not an expert nor do i own a ball, but i havnt seen a ball with a see through back yet. I have been looking at the BALL Engineer Master 2 dive watch and i know it does not have the see through back.

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    Re: Backside of a Ball?

    They usually have some engraving to commemorate some sort of diving or athletic event. For example, the "Mad Cow" diver has a picture of a guy who apparently broke the skiing speed record or something to that effect. Another one has a picture of a submarine on it.
    Lots of dive watches.

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    Re: Backside of a Ball?

    own a few of those . Ball does have a few models with see through backs, especially in their Trainmaster series. But their more adventure-minded collections (Engineer Master, Hydrocarbon) rarely if ever have see through backs, usually, as mentioned above, some nice engraving.

    if you're looking at Ball watches and have more questions, head over to the official Ball forum right here on Watchuseek, there's a lot of knowledgable people (just like on most of the forums here) that can help you out with this question and any others.

    cheers.

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    Re: Backside of a Ball?

    Ahh thanks, I am new to the site, I thought I was in the Ball section of the forum. will post over there and see what response I get.:thanks

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    Re: Backside of a Ball?

    Welcome to this site. I have a Ball Fireman Ionosphere Chronograph. It doesn't have a see-through back - but as Eric said, it has a beautiful engraving on the stainless steal back.
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    Re: Backside of a Ball?

    I believe the Trainmaster series has a clear case-back, my TM Voyager GMT has a clear back.
    Most of the Engineer master and EMII if not all have a metal case back that have an engraving on it. this factors into thier being anti magnetic starting at 4800 a/m and running to 7500 a/m for the Hydrocarbon series.
    the clear case back is either not anti magnetic or at a lower level then 4800 a/m.

    Call a bunch of authorized dealers and ask them about Tag, Omega etc and then ask them about Ball and listen to thier voices light up in comparison. AD's love, love Ball.
    I called 7 accross the country and not only did not one have anything bad to say, they sang Balls praise, very very highly.

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    Re: Backside of a Ball?

    I thought it is the movement itself that was antimagnetic to 4800A/m (I believe this is an ETA specification, not Ball). The HC's mag resistance of 7500a/m seems kind of low when certain Fricker sourced divers (which have a soft iron movement cover) are 20,000, 40,000, 80,000 a/m. Of course, even at those levels, the watch wouldn't survive an MRI machine, so its a moot point.
    Lots of dive watches.

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    Re: Backside of a Ball?

    My Fireman had a solid back with cool Ball stuff on it, lol.

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    Re: Backside of a Ball?

    Quote Originally Posted by AFBLUE View Post
    New to the Forum, and actually just heard of Ball Watches this morning and I am very intrigued!!! I think I have narrowed down to wanting a Ball Hydrocarbon GMT I in black but looking for a dealer in Texas (San Antonio) to look at one, or a Ball in general!!

    What I have not been able to find so far and also with quite a bit of looking on this forum, what does the back of a Ball look like? Are they windowed so you can see the movement, or are they solid cover?
    if anyone has a picture that would be great!! :thanks
    Some Ball watches have engraved metal casebacks, while some have sapphire display casebacks. Specifically, the Engineer Hydrocarbon, Engineer Mast, Engineer and Fireman collections have metal casebacks, while the Trainmaster and Conductor collections have sapphire display casebacks.

    You may view photos from our fellow forum members in the Ball Photo subforum here: https://forums.watchuseek.com/forumdisplay.php?f=256

    Regarding the antimagnetic ratings mentioned by others below:
    Engineer Hydrocarbon: 12,000 A/m
    Engineer & Engineer Master: 4,800 A/m

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